It seems like only yesterday when I posted the news that Kirk Douglas had reached the age of 100. But one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age has now finally passed away. Said son Michael:
“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 [Zeta-Jones], a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
When I was young you were never far away from a Kirk Douglas film being on TV, so the dimple-faced tough guy quickly became one of my most recognisable of film actors. Some of his best films are Spartacus, The Bad and the Beautiful, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Vikings, Lonely Are The Brave, Ace In The Hole, Out Of The Past, Lust For Life and The Fury.