Kirk Douglas Biography – Wiki
Kirk Douglas, known as one of the most beloved tough guys in Hollywood history on screen and a defender of blacklisted artists off screen, died Wednesday at age 103.
Movie star and Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas passed away Wednesday at age 103, according to People. https://t.co/j3alJ5OCBL
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Kirk Douglas Age
He was 103 years old.
Kirk Douglas Family and Children
Douglas and his first wife, Diana Dill, married on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas, before divorcing in 1951. Afterwards, in Paris, he met producer Anne Buydens (born Hannelore Marx; April 23, 1919, Hanover, Germany) while acting on location in Lust for Life.
She originally fled from Germany to escape Nazism and survived by putting her multilingual skills to work at a film studio, doing translations for subtitles. They married on May 29, 1954. In 2014, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. They had two sons, Peter, a producer, and Eric, an actor who died on July 6, 2004, from an overdose of alcohol and drugs.
Douglas first wanted to be an actor after he recited the poem The Red Robin of Spring while in kindergarten and received applause. He joined the United States Navy in 1941, shortly after the United States entered World War II, where he served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare aboard USS PC-1137.
He was medically discharged in 1944 for war injuries sustained from the accidental dropping of a depth charge.
Michael Douglas, the actor’s Oscar-winning son, announced his death in an Instagram post on behalf of the family.
“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,” he wrote.
Douglas received a standing ovation at the 2018 Golden Globe awards, sharing the spotlight with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones, who presented an award.
Douglas is survived by his wife and three sons, Michael, Peter and Joel Douglas. His youngest son with Buydens, Eric, died in 2004 of what was ruled an accidental drug overdose.
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