Michael Douglas On Dad Kirk Douglas: “To The World He Was A Legend…To Me And My Brothers He Was Simply Dad”

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Michael Douglas, left, and Kirk Douglas in 2018 at a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony Nina Prommer/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas, the eldest son of Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, paid tribute to his father Wednesday in officially announcing his dad’s death at age 103.

“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,” Douglas wrote on social media. “But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine [Michael Douglas’ wife 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.”

Michael Douglas was born in 1944 in New Jersey, the oldest child of Kirk and actress Diana Dill. The couple had another son after Michael, Joel. Peter and Eric Douglas were Michael’s half-brothers with Kirk Douglas’ husband Anne; Kirk and Anne had been married since 1954.

“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,” Michael Douglas continued Wednesday.

“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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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. 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, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas

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