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Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Nksleek: 1:11am On Feb 06
Actor Kirk Douglas, a fixture of cinema for six decades, has died aged 103.

The stage and screen actor was well-known for a range of roles, including the 1960 classic Spartacus, in which he played the titular character.

Born in New York in 1916, he rose to prominence during Hollywood's "golden age", earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 boxing story Champion.

He was also the father of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas.

Michael said in a statement: "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today."

"To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies... but to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad," it read in part.

"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."

Michael's wife and Kirk's daughter-in-law, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones, posted a photo of the two together, writing: "I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already."

When I met Kirk Douglas in 2008 he was a sprightly 91. He talked about his advancing years and the impact a stroke, in 1996, had on his skills as an actor.

"I couldn't talk at all," he told me. "So what does an actor do who can't talk? He waits for silent pictures to come back! That's a corny joke," he chuckled.

Douglas was particularly proud of his role in ending the Hollywood blacklist, when he defied the ban on working with filmmakers with alleged communist ties or sympathies.

He said he drew on "the impulsive qualities of younger Kirk" in making his decision to give the blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo a screen credit under his own name for his work on Spartacus.

We discussed his passion for working with young people. He had started writing a blog to encourage young Americans to vote in that year's presidential election.

Douglas and his wife donated millions of dollars to charitable causes and helped build hundreds of school playgrounds. He said their philosophy was: "Before you die, try to do something for other people."

Douglas was prolific as a film actor, with more than 90 credits to his name - ranging over seven decades from the 1940s to the 2000s.

He is perhaps best-known for Spartacus, a Stanley Kubrick film which won four Oscars and was so popular that its iconic "I am Spartacus" scene entered the pop cultural lexicon.

Douglas was himself nominated for an Oscar three times - for Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Lust for Life (1956). He eventually won the honorary award in 1996 in recognition of his 50 years in the industry.

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by AmazingDesigns: 8:09am On Feb 06
sad

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by pennywys(m): 8:09am On Feb 06
Really!

Life was much graceful with him


Now we can say


Rest in peace

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Macsjebs(m): 8:09am On Feb 06
RIP Legend

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:10am On Feb 06
REST IN PERFECT PEACE Man!

He was a real niggar back in those days!!

We are all gonna die, but may God let us go in our old age.

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Mixial: 8:10am On Feb 06
grin
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by PureGoldh(m): 8:10am On Feb 06
May God grant him eternal rest.....the man lived long ooh

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by armadeo(m): 8:10am On Feb 06
Sad.

RIP Kirk.


Micheal Douglas used to be one of my favs when I was younger.
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Matthew2925(m): 8:10am On Feb 06
May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Edddie(m): 8:10am On Feb 06
rip
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Perfecttouchade: 8:10am On Feb 06
Rip , 103 no be small

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Lorenzop: 8:11am On Feb 06
This is not the Spartacus I know....Blood and Sand tongue

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by drizslim(m): 8:11am On Feb 06
103 is a life well lived..
Everybody dies but not Everybody Lives.!!

Sleep on Legend

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by ursullalinda(f): 8:11am On Feb 06
RIP sir......i pray to grow old too......in good health. ....Amen

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by fordunit(m): 8:11am On Feb 06
That was a ripe age. A celebration of life is what is required.





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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by cr7lomo: 8:11am On Feb 06
Michael Douglas should b in his 70s

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Marvieduke: 8:12am On Feb 06
May his soul rest in peace.
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Yankiss(m): 8:12am On Feb 06
Longevity is a great gift from God. We praise Him, the giver of life. May the soul of the departed rest in peace, amen.

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Sunnycliff(m): 8:12am On Feb 06
Almighty Spartacus.... Rest in peace
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by modestbrowser(m): 8:12am On Feb 06
Took him long.


But better late than never grin

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by CalabarPikin: 8:12am On Feb 06
RIP

U finally paid ur debt...

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by luminouz(m): 8:12am On Feb 06
Which Spartacus?

The one I know is different jor

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Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by Roon9(m): 8:13am On Feb 06
Wow! He lived a good life
Re: Kirk Douglas Dies, Aged 103 by denkyw(m): 8:13am On Feb 06
You mean say that film na 1960 film, wow

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