Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Legend, Dead at 103
Veteran actor and a star of Hollywood's Golden Age Legend Kirk Douglas has passed away. Douglas died on Wednesday at the age of 103.
A veteran actor with a career in Hollywood spanning over 60 years, Douglas is also known as the father of famous actor Michael Douglas, who confirmed his father's passing in a post on Instagram.
Born as Issur Danielovitch in 1916, Douglas legally changed his name to the one we all know before enlisting in the Navy in World War II. After his time in the military, Douglas began pursuing work in radio, theater, and commercials, finding his first break in a stage production of Kiss and Tell.
This led to other acting work, culminating in Douglas' movie debut in 1946 alongside Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, who launched his career in Hollywood.
Over the years, Douglas appeared in dozens of movies with many memorable starring roles. He is particularly known for his starring role in the 1960 movie Spartacus and for his Oscar-nominated performance in the 1959 movie Champion.
Douglas also appeared in multiple John Wayne movies, including In Harm's Way, Cast a Giant Shadow, and The War Wagon.
Douglas retired in 2004 at the end of a career in which his successes remain famous Seven Days in May, Lonely Are The Brave, Gunfight At The O.K. Corral, Paths of Glory, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Douglas received an honorary Oscar at the 1995 Academy Awards and later named the 36th greatest movie star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Image: Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, one of his most famous films.