Updated: May 24, 2021
Kirk Douglas ... 9th December 1916 - 5th February 2020
Legendary screen actor, Kirk Douglas, has died at the age of 103. A host of Hollywood stars joined in the outpouring of grief, with celebrities and fans alike flooded social media to honour the legendary screen star after news of his death broke.
Sylvester Stallone, who shared a poster from Douglas's 1949 boxing film Champion, wrote on Instagram: 'KIRK DOUGLAS!!! The last great giant of my cinema heroes has passed on to Infinite glory. Amazing artist! The likes of which we will never ever see again!'
Steven Spielberg presented Douglas with an honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards in 1996 and was also one of those who gave remarks at the star's 100th birthday party in December 2016.
'Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I’m honoured to have been a small part of his last 45 years,' Spielberg said. '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.'
Douglas was the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood's biggest-ever stars.
The famed actor and producer, who was one of the last of Hollywood's Golden Age, made more than 90 movies in a career that stretched across seven decades.
He was renowned for the macho tough guy roles he took on.
Films such as Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, The Vikings and Spartacus made him one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1950s and 60s.
Kirk Douglas was a great movie star from an innocent age in America before the Sixties and before the Vietnam War. The likes of him will never be seen again.