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Kirk Douglas Dies At 103: He Was Self-Made. He Paid For College Working As A Gardener, Janitor

Kirk Douglas Dies At 103: He Was Self-Made. He Paid For College Working As A Gardener, Janitor

"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 setting a standard for all of us to aspire to," wrote Michael Douglas, on his official Instagram page.

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One of Hollywood's leading men, with many great accolades to his name, Kirk Douglas passed away at 103. His son, Micheal Douglas took to Instagram and wrote: 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 setting 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, he continued. Born to Russian immigrant parents, the self-made star established himself as an actor following World War II, as he made full use of his looks and athleticism. 



 

Douglas and another star during those times, Burt Lancaster, co-starred in seven movies together, before he went on to attend St. Laurence on an athletic scholarship. He even paid for his college by working as a gardener and janitor. He then won a scholarship to the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and moved to the Big Apple. In 1941, he made his Broadway debut and two years later,  he married Diana Dill, who was his classmate... The couple had two children, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951.



 

Douglas was terrific as a film actor, with more than 90 movies to his name - ranging over seven decades from the 1940s to the 2000s, according to BBC. However, he is probably best known for his role in the movie Spartacus, a Stanley Kubrick film that won four Oscars. The movie had a famous line, "I am Spartacus" and the dialogue and scene gained so much popularity that it entered the pop cultural lexicon.



 

In 2018, Douglas was in the media for a rape allegation against actress Natalie Wood. A 2012 Gawker article has been circulating of Robert Downey Jr. reviving the accusation that Douglas repeatedly raped Wood in a hotel room when she was an up and coming actress. This article popped up after appearance at the Golden Globes in 2018, where he handed out an award alongside daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones. Several people pointed out that Douglas was accused by an anonymous blogger in 2012 of having raped actress Natalie Wood when she was 16.



 

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