Iconic Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas has passed away. It always sad to see a legend like this go, but he lived a long and productive life. 103 years, that’s unheard of these days.
His son, Michael Douglas, released a statement on social media that read, ‘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.’
A World War II veteran who survived a helicopter crash, a stroke, and two knee replacements, Douglas literally rose from rags to riches — his father was a ragman — and starred in over 80 films, including, perhaps most famously, “Spartacus.” He remained in the public spotlight well into his old age, if not as an actor then as a producer, author, and blogger.
His family was poor, and he claimed to have worked more than 40 jobs — including stints as a professional wrestler, a waiter, and a janitor — before becoming an actor.
RIP Kirk Douglas.