Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dies at 103

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Media captionStanley Kubrick’s 1960 film Sparticus won four Oscars

Actor Kirk Douglas, a fixture of cinema for six decades, has died aged 103.

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 1916, he rose to prominence during Hollywood’s “golden age”, earning his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 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 legend, 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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Media captionMichael Douglas dedicates his Hollywood Star to father Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas was prolific as a film actor, with more than 90 credits to his name – ranging over six decades from the 1940s to the 2000s.


An icon who defied convention

Analysis byPeter Bowes, BBCNews, Los Angeles

When I met Kirk Douglas in 2008 he was a sprightly 91. He talked about his advancing years and the impact a stroke, in 1996, had on his skills as an actor.

“I couldn’t talk at all,” he told me. “So what does an actor do who can’t talk? He waits for silent pictures to come back! That’s corny joke,” he chuckled.

Douglas was particularly proud of his

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