Hollywood Icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Kirk Douglas Dies at 103

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Honorary Academy Award winner Kirk Douglas, the actor who helped to end the Hollywood blacklist, dies at 103 on Wednesday.
  • Douglas was most famous for his role in “Spartacus” and fiercely fought over political issues during his six-decade-long career.
  • His son, Michael Douglas, shared the news of his passing on Instagram by writing, “I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

Honorary Academy Award winner Kirk Douglas died Wednesday at the age of 103. The news of the actor’s passing was posted by Michael Douglas, his son, on Instagram.


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“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,” Douglas wrote.

The Hollywood Icon was most famous for his role in “Spartacus”. The actor of the 1960’s film played a major role in ending the Hollywood blacklist, proving that he was not one to shy away from fiercely fought over political issues during his six-decade-long career.

Douglas said “the [political] climate was similar to the climate we’re having now. And what I mean by that is, there are too many Republicans, too many Democrats, and not enough Americans” in a 2012 interview with Variety about “Spartacus”.

In an interview with Douglas back in 2017, when asked about President Trump’s election victory, the lifelong Democrat told The Guardian, “That’s an unfair question.”

“Let’s just say I didn’t vote for him,” he added.

Kirk Douglas has gained recognition from former US Presidents for his life-long career several times. In 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded the Hollywood Icon the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, and received the National Medal of Arts award from President George W. Bush in 2002.

Michael Douglas wrote on his Instagram, “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.”

 

Source: The Hill

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