Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dies aged 103

The Spartacus star passed away on Wednesday, son Michael Douglas revealed. Photo credit: AAP
The Spartacus star passed away on Wednesday, son Michael Douglas revealed. Photo credit: AAP

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has passed away aged 103, his devastated son Michael Douglas announced.

Michael said in a statement: "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," the statement released to People magazine read.

"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," Douglas' actor son added.

"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 said. 

"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."

Kirk Douglas with wife of 66 years Anne Buydens. Photo credit: AAP
Kirk Douglas with wife of 66 years Anne Buydens. Photo credit: AAP

Kirk was a three-time nominee for "Best Actor" in the films 'Lust for Life' (1956),  'Bad & the Beautiful' (1952) and 'Champion' (1949). 

In 1996, Douglas was awarded an honorary Academy Award for his 50 years in motion pictures.

The Hollywood great told The Guardian in 2017, "I never thought I'd live to 100. That shocked me".

The 103-year-old who lived in Beverly Hills was a father of four sons including actor Michael Douglas and a grandfather of seven.

He had been married to wife Anne Buydens for 66 years.

Kirk Douglas (R) supports actor son Michael Douglas (L) as he accepts his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo credit: AAP
Kirk Douglas (R) supports actor son Michael Douglas (L) as he accepts his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo credit: AAP
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