Kirk Douglas, the muscular actor with the dimpled chin who starred in “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life” and dozens of other films and helped fatally weaken the Hollywood blacklist, has died at 103, People magazine reported Wednesday.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and that I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” his son Michael said during a statement obtained by People. “To the planet, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of flicks who lived well into his time of life, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and therefore the causes he believed in set a typical for all folks to aspire to.”
Kirk Douglas was nominated 3 times for Oscars — for “Champion,” “The Bad and therefore the Beautiful” and “Lust for all times .” He later received an honorary award for “50 years as an ingenious and moral force” within the film industry.
His son Michael won Oscars as a producer for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and an actor for “Wall Street.”