Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103

The actor and producer, Kirk Douglas, received an honorary Oscar in 1996, was one of Hollywood’s most popular stars and starred in movie classics such as ‘Spartacus‘.

Kirk Douglas, who was one of the most charismatic stars in Hollywood for more than three decades, died on Wednesday, February 5 at 103 years of age, as confirmed by his son, also actor Michael Douglas on his Instagram account.

Son of Jewish emigrants from Belarus, Kirk Douglas came into the world as Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, on December 9, 1916. He stood out as an athlete and obtained a scholarship to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, studies that He interrupted to enlist in the army, in 1941.

Upon returning from World War II, now with his stage name Kirk Douglas, he got a job in the theater and finally debuted in the cinema in the movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946).

There was no turning back. With his characteristic deep voice and dimple on his chin, Douglas was a charismatic figure, who soon went from playing villains in Out of the Past (1947) to being the protagonist in Champion (1949), for which he earned his first nomination for Oscar award for best lead actor. In total, he was nominated three times and finally received an honorary Oscar in 1996 in recognition of his career.

Douglas was a prolific actor, with 92 credits in his career. He was also a film producer, with his company Bryna Productions. Among his most famous films are two directed by Stanley Kubrick: Spartacus (1960) and Paths of Glory (1957). He is also remembered for the films he co-starred with Burt Lancaster, with whom he worked on seven feature films. (1982). Michael Douglas wrote on Instagram,

“For the world, it was a legend, an actor of the golden age of films who lived well until his golden years, a philanthropist whose commitment to justice and the causes in which he believed to set a standard to which we all aspire. But to Me and my brothers Joel and Peter, he was just dad; for Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law; for his grandchildren and great-grandson, his loving grandfather; and for his wife Anne, a wonderful husband, “

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