Kirk Douglas Dead at 103: Son Michael Douglas and More Stars Share Heartfelt Tributes

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Screen legend Kirk Douglas has died, and Hollywood is coming together to remember his incomparable life and legacy.

Shortly after the news broke on Wednesday afternoon, fans of the Spartacus star and celebrated three-time Oscar nominee took to social media to share their love, condolences and memories.

Michael Douglas confirmed the news -- first reported by People -- in a statement posted to social media, where he honored his father with a touching message.

"It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103," he wrote, in part. "To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great-grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband."

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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas

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"Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has passed on today at the age of 103. An Academy Award winning actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Douglas was a champion for many just causes and lived a long and storied life. He was adored and beloved, and he shall be missed," George Takai tweeted.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg said he was "honored" to have known the late actor.

“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 filmmaker shared in the 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.”

Lee Purcell said working with Kirk Douglas was a "joyful and humbling experience." 

"It is with great sadness and respect that I reflect upon the passing of Kirk Douglas," Purcell said in a statement to ET. "When we worked together on the feature film Eddie Macon's Run, it was a joyful and humbling experience to see Kirk, already the icon of icons for decades, come bounding onto the set each day brimming over with enthusiasm and energy. He set a fine example for everyone from cast to crew to execs. I have a lovely note he sent me just a couple of months ago on my office wall visible as I write this that I will always treasure. Bon Voyage, Kirk, you are a true mensch. My deepest condolences to Anne, Michael and the rest of the family."

ET's Kevin Frazier also spoke with the acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard at her annual pre-Oscars Sistahs Soiree in Hollywood, and she opened up about the late star's impact and influence on Hollywood.

"I met him a couple of times, and I just remember he was so present and thoughtful and kind, and a gentleman," Woodard shared. "He was a good man and a wonderful actor. He was always one of those people you could look to and realize that you could be a good human being, and be a star, and being in the business."

"But I smile and celebrate that he had 103 years," she added. "You could not live a more beautifully expressive life than his."

Here's a look at how Hollywood is remembering the legendary actor.

 

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