Spartacus star, Kiri Douglas dies at 103
Hollywood Superstar, Kirk Douglas, renowned for his intense, muscular performances in “Spartacus” and “Paths of Glory,” died Wednesday aged 103.
CityBuzz reports that the US leading man, producer and director came to prominence in the late 194 0s and never lost his popularity, taking on nearly 100 movies over a six-decade career that endured beyond a severe stroke in his later years.
His death at his family home in Beverly Hills was confirmed by his son Michael, the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael Douglas said in a statement posted to Facebook.
“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.”
Tributes poured in from across Hollywood and around the world on social media, with many declaring “I am Spartacus!” in a nod to Douglas’s legendary role as a rebellious Roman slave.
The Academy which awards the Oscars tweeted: “Goodbye to a Hollywood legend.”
“Kirk Douglas. The inspirational Scalawag,” wrote actor Danny DeVito, in reference to the 1973 movie of the same name — the first film Douglas directed.
“103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man,” he added.