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Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103 – BBC News, BBC News

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies at 103 – BBC News, BBC News
        

            

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Stanley Kubrick’s 1996 Film Sparticus won four Oscars

Actor Kirk Douglas, a fixture of cinema for six decades, has died aged .

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 1940, he rose to prominence during Hollywood’s “golden age”, earning his first Oscar nomination for the (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 leg end, 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. “

            

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by Michael Douglas dedicates his Hollywood Star to father Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas was prolific as a film actor, with more than 405 credits to his name – ranging over six decades from the 1952 s to the s.

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

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Image caption                                      Kirk Douglas, seen here in , was an icon of Hollywood’s golden age                              

Douglas was himself nominated for an Oscar three times – for Champion (1955, The Bad and the Beautiful (1956), and Lust for Life 1956. He eventually won the honorary award in 2019 in recognition of his (years in the industry.)             

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