Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas managed to carry on his selfless legacy even after his death by giving away $50 million to charity.
Apart from being known for his brilliant acting skills, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas was also known for his charitable deed. He managed to carry on his selfless legacy even after his death on February 5. According to Mirror, Kirk Douglas,103, chose to give away his $61 million fortune to charity rather than passing it on to his beloved son Michael. Douglas. Instead, he decided to share a major chunk of his wealth i.e. $50million to the ones who needed it the most. The amount will be distributed through the Douglas Foundation which aims at helping "those who cannot otherwise help themselves."
"Its primary focus is improving the education and health, fostering the well-being, and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children who hold our future in their hands," states the website. The beneficiaries include Westwood's Sinai Temple, that contains the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center; St Lawrence University, which funds scholarships for minority and underprivileged students; Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre, a deteriorated movie theater that has been restored to be a venue for live performances; and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Although the report didn't state where the remaining amount of $11million will go, it did note that Douglas left nothing for his son Michael, who announced the tragic news of the star's death earlier this month. Posting an iconic picture of Kirk Douglas and several family photos on Instagram, Michael broke the news. He 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 set a standard for all of us to aspire to.
Continuing the post, he mentioned the important role his famous father had played in shaping the lives of his cherished family. 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, it continued reading.
Celebrating his father's illustrious career and life, Michael added: 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.
Several celebrities lined up to send their condolences to the family and pay their respect for the last member of the industry's Golden Age. This included Michael's wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who also took to Instagram and shared an adorable picture of her father-in-law and herself. The caption read: To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight...
Kirk Douglas was born to Russian immigrant parents and had to work really hard to establish himself as an actor. The self-made man used his dashing looks and athleticism to enter the industry. After starring alongside Burt Lancaster in seven movies, he went on to attend St. Laurence on an athletic scholarship. Apparently, he paid for his college by working as a gardener and janitor. This is why he understands the value that money has in the lives of those who aren't privileged.