Hollywood is mourning the loss of acting legend Kirk Douglas, who sadly died at age 103 on Wednesday, February 5. Moments after his son Michael Douglas confirmed the news in an emotional statement, fellow celebrities took to social media to express their heartbreak over the Spartacus actor’s passing.
“Kirk Douglas. The inspirational Scalawag,” Danny DeVito tweeted on Wednesday night. “103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man.”
William Shatner also paid tribute to the iconic Paths of Glory star. “Condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas,” he wrote on Twitter. “What an incredible icon he was in this industry!”
Millions of hearts were shattered around the globe when Michael, 75, confirmed the news that his beloved father died. The Kominsky Method actor announced the news in a statement on behalf of his siblings, Joel Douglas, 73, Peter Douglas, 64, and late brother Eric Douglas.
“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he wrote on Instagram. “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,” the Fatal Attraction star sweetly continued.
“Kirk’s life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet,” the actor concluded. “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.”
Kirk may be gone, but he’ll certainly never be forgotten.
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Kirk Douglas was a dear friend, a talented actor and a dedicated humanitarian. He was one of a kind— Tony Bennett (@itstonybennett) February 6, 2020
and we will miss him.
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RIP #KirkDouglas - a giant. One of a kind. A life most fully and extraordinarily lived. Sending condolences and love to Michael and family.— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) February 6, 2020
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“Hollywood legend” does not even begin to cover the span and legacy of this remarkable man and career. RIP https://t.co/7R8uKFLdIZ— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 6, 2020
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Thank you, Kirk, for the legacy of those extraordinary performances you’ve left us.— Loretta Swit (@Loretta_Swit) February 6, 2020
You blessed us with your brilliance & with your family.
My heart goes out to them, my thoughts and my heart...a very
sad heart, & I grieve deeply with my friend, Andrew Shepherd. With love. https://t.co/eNxs5nalqg
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Kirk Douglas was one of the greatest actors of all time. When he was on the screen, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. He was larger than life. A few years ago he invited Deb and I over for tea. It was one of the most wonderful afternoons we’ve ever spent. Kirk shared amazing stories ... He was so funny, self deprecating, giving and brutally honest. When he asked if Deb and I would play he and Anne for a live reading of his book “KIRK AND ANNE Letters of Love, Laugher and a Lifetime in Hollywood” … we jumped and said yes on the spot. It was my great honor to portray Kirk and to read his deeply personal words aloud. He played so many roles during his long and distinguished life. But, I believe the role that gave him the greatest joy was that of father, grandfather, friend and husband. We send our love and heartfelt condolences to Anne, Michael and the entire Douglas family.
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“I love you Spartacus, like the father I never had.” Antoninus I did have a father and he LOVED you as the world loved you. Your Passion.Talent. Politics. Family. Art. Strength. I grew up with the Douglas boys. My love to Anne and all his family from mine.
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Kirk Douglas was an icon. It’s hard to put into words what it meant to me to work with this legend who I grew up watching in Westerns in our little theater in Austria. He was larger than life to me - a real life hero. When we finally met on the set of The Villain, he couldn’t have been any sweeter to me. I was a new actor and he was the perfect mentor. He was already in his 60s but he was in unbelievable shape, and he could still jump off a trampoline into his horse’s saddle. I’ll always remember his lessons and our workouts together (back then actors trained secretly, so he’d pull his dumbbells out of his hiding place and we would do curls together). He was the perfect role model and my career wouldn’t have been the same without him. I will miss him dearly and my thoughts are with his family.
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RIP #kirkdouglas I remember him walking into a lift in NYC, I was 21. After a few moments he looked up at me and said “how’s school son?” I said “good sir”. (I couldn’t tell him I never finished school.) What a moment, what a total legend he was.— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) February 6, 2020
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Next on @GMA we're remembering actor #KirkDouglas. One of the last movie stars from Hollywood's Golden Age passing away yesterday. @arobach has more on his incredible life and career with the tributes coming in.— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) February 6, 2020
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Kirk Douglas Dead: Iconic Actor Was 103.— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) February 6, 2020
Kirk! A pillar of Hollywood has fallen. Nobody danced on Viking oars like you! Safe travels, stud! https://t.co/FtQDuDLcT6
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One of the great books I've read. "The raglans son," Kirk Douglas, Who lived a long and exciting life. RIP.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) February 6, 2020
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Kirk Douglas loved tennis. He attended many tournaments and I knew him back when I was playing junior tennis in the 1950s.— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) February 6, 2020
He was a talented actor who truly loved his craft. He loved his family even more.
May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/lPUU2YqoGo
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Kirk Douglas was one of the biggest stars of all time & a brilliant actor with an unforgettable, blazing charisma. He will also be remembered for putting his career on the line by defying the Hollywood Blacklist, hiring writer Dalton Trumbo for the classic Spartacus. #RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/snzoHPMtDr— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) February 6, 2020
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Bravo Kirk Douglas on an incredible life. Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family. #KirkDouglas— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) February 5, 2020
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Hollywood doesn't make legends like Kirk Douglas anymore. Born into a Jewish immigrant family, his star rose In the golden age of film, when marquee lights were bright and movie houses palaces. My thoughts are with his family. May his memory be a blessing to them, and all of us.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) February 6, 2020
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KIrk Douglas will always be an icon in the pantheon of Hollywood. He put himself on the line to break the blacklist. My love goes out to my friend Michael and the whole family.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 5, 2020
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Kirk Douglas. The inspirational Scalawag. 103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man.— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) February 6, 2020
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RIP Kirk Douglas— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 5, 2020
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Condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas. What an incredible icon he was in this industry! 😞— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 5, 2020
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Legendary actor Kirk Douglas has passed on today at the age of 103. An Academy Award winning actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Douglas was a champion for many just causes and lived a long and storied life. He was adored and beloved, and he shall be missed.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 5, 2020