Daily US Times: Legendary Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas has died aged 103. He worked for the cinema industry from six decades.
The actor is a legend for both screen and stage and was well-known for many roles he played in his lifetime including the 1960 classic Spartacus, in which he played the titular character.
Kirk Douglas was born in New York in 1916, he rose to prominence during Hollywood’s “golden age”, earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 boxing story Champion.
He was also the father of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, who said in a statement “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today.”
The statement says: “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies… but to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad.”
“Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad – I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”
Douglas himself was nominated for an Oscar three times for Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Lust for Life (1956).
He won the honorary award in 1996 in recognition of his 50 years in the industry.
Fan gathered at the actor’s star set in the ground on the Hollywood walk of fame after the death news came out.
“He was one of the last Hollywood legends of the golden era. That’s it. Not a superstar, a legend,” one man, Gregg Donovan, told news agency AFP.
“It’s devastating. I mean, I know he lived to 103, God bless him, but you just don’t think he’s going to leave us and it’s such a sad day in Hollywood, I’ll tell you.”