Kirk Douglas, the father of actor Michael Douglas, has died Wednesday. He became a global Hollywood superstar in the 1950s and 60s. Douglas played most often as a troubled tough guy or as a Roman slave named ‘Spartacus’. He has died at 103.
His son, actor Michael Douglas said that it was with tremendous sadness that he and his brother announced that Kirk Douglas had left him that day at the age of 103. To the world, he had been a legend, an actor from the golden age of films. He had believed in a set standard for all of his to aspire to.
Michael said that he left a legacy in the film that would endure for generations to come, and a history as a famous philanthropist. Who had worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet. He told him on his last birthday and which would always remain true. Dad- he loved him so much, and he was so proud to be his son.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael’s wife, also posted praise to Douglas on Instagram. She said that to her darling Kirk, she should love him for the rest of her life. She missed him already.
He was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky on 9 December 1916, to Russian Jewish immigrants in the small town of Amsterdam, New York. He served in WWII (World War II) in the US Navy. In the 1950s and 60s, Douglas presented a handsome, bright smile, deep and gravelly voice, with a barrel chest, and trademark cleft chin figure.
He first got name with the gritty boxing drama Champion 1949, which earned Douglas an Academy Award. He had nominated for Best Actor for his performance as an ambitious boxer. Douglas also played darker roles, which paid off with Oscar nominations for (The Bad and the Beautiful) 1952’s and (Lust for Life) 1956’s.
He played every type of role in Hollywood, including family adventure movies (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) in 1954, war films (Paths of Glory) in 1957, Westerns (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) in 1957. Melodrama (the Revolutionary War–set The Devil’s Disciple), and sci-fi action films (Saturn 3) in 1980. Kirk Douglas ‘s films hit throughout the ’60s and ’70s.
His role as ‘Spartacus ‘ is still famous, a historical leader in 73 BCE.
He wrote his autobiography in which he said that to him, acting was creating an illusion, showing tremendous discipline, not losing herself in character. The actor never got lost in the role he was playing; the audience did.
Kirk Douglas also struggled to give, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, full credit on the film. He had blacklisted for communist sympathies.
He bought the rights to Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” gave the rights to his son Michael. Michael was also a successful actor 1980s and 90s.
He survived in a helicopter and a small plane crash in 1991. His son Eric Douglas died of a drug overdose in 2004. People would miss him. He was a true legend of the Hollywood golden age.