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Celebrity Tributes to Acting Legend Kirk Douglas — Celebrity Deaths 2020 – Parade

Kirk Douglas, the great actor from Hollywood’s Golden Age, died Feb. 5 in his Beverly Hills home. His son, Michael Douglas, announced the news about his father on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

“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,” wrote Michael of the man who was as skilled playing Spartacus as he was playing Vincent Van Gogh or a gun slinger. “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.”

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Born 103 years ago in 1916, to “illiterate” (as he described them) Russian immigrant parents, Issur Danielovitch was one of seven children. By the time he went to grade school he was called Isadore (or Izzy) Demsky. Then after graduating from St. Lawrence University he changed his name to Kirk Douglas.

The eclectic actor, producer and director would go on to make more than 80 movies during his career that spanned seven decades. Douglas was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the country’s most esteemed civilian honor by then President Jimmy Carter in 1981. He was also given the French Legion of Honor and the National Medal of the Arts.

Related: See Photos of Kirk Douglas Through the Years

In addition to all that, Douglas was a prolific author who wrote novels and memoirs. He was a devoted philanthropist who worked to have 400 playgrounds built in Los Angeles. He also helped establish a drug treatment center, a safe haven for homeless women and programs to help young people complete their schooling. And throughout his 103 years he continued to maintain a lust for life and learning. “I don’t think about death,” he said. “I think about life.“

Upon learning of Douglas’s passing, celebrities took to social media to remember the acting legend. Here are some of the their most moving tributes.

Next, 11 fun facts you didn’t know about Michael Douglas.

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