Screen legend Kirk Douglas (1916 to 2020) has passed away at the age 103. Movie star and son, Michael Douglas first announced his father’s passing on Instagram and as news broke that Kirk Douglas had passed one is left to wonder will we ever see another “Movie Star” in his caliber again? Without any doubt one of the last true Golden Age era stars in tinsel town.
Hollywood honored the three-time Oscar nominee as a “a pillar of Hollywood” and “inspirational scalawag” for his willingness to fight for (often) liberal causes.
“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” – Michael Douglas wrote.
“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.”
Steven Spielberg also paid tribute: “Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I’m honored to have been a small part of his last 45 years,” the director said in a statement. “I will miss his handwritten notes, letters and fatherly advice, and his wisdom and courage – even beyond such a breathtaking body of work – are enough to inspire me for the rest of mine.”
Mitzi Gaynor, one of Douglas’ few still living co-stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, hailed him for “an incredible life.” Gaynor, who starred with Douglas in the 1963 romantic comedy “For Love or Money,” tweeted, “Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family.”
Bravo Kirk Douglas on an incredible life. Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family. #KirkDouglas
— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) February 5, 2020
Best known for the 1960 epic film “Spartacus.” Not only did it rise Douglas to an even higher status as one of cinema’s top leading men, it also made him a part of Hollywood history when he publicly announced that Dalton Trumbo, one of the writers added to the Hollywood blacklist on accusations of Communist sympathies.
Douglas’ decision to stand alongside Trumbo is credited as being one of the main factors behind the decision to end the blacklist. In addition, “Spartacus” itself became a rallying cry against the Red Scare, particularly for the iconic scene when Spartacus’ army is demanded by the Roman forces to identify the general, only for them all to one by one declare “I am Spartacus!” and sacrifice themselves for him.
A True legend… My condolences to his family, and may he rest in peace.