A Hollywood Golden Age icon whose rugged good looks and muscular intensity made him a commanding presence in films like Spartacus and Paths of Glory.
Kirk Douglas was an American actor, producer, director, philanthropist and writer, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who rose from an impoverished childhood to become a silver screen legend. His film career included the historical drama, ‘Spartacus’, a Stanley Kubrick film which won four Oscars.
The legendary actor had more than 90 acting credits and about 75 movies under his belt – ranging over six decades from the 1940s to the 2000s. He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1959 for Champion and earned two Oscar nominations for producing ‘The Bad and the Beautiful’ and ‘Lust for Life.’ In 1975, Kirk Douglas was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. He served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter in 1981.
Kirk Douglas, one of the greatest screen legends of the 20th century, died On February 5, 2020, at the age of 103 of natural causes. His son, Michael said that his father’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.’