"He crosses our mind everyday," said daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Veteran actor Kirk Douglas passed away a year ago at the age of 103 and it was a rather heartbreaking loss for the entire film fraternity. His son, actor Michael Douglas, took to Instagram to share a picture of him with his father and pay tribute to the legendary actor. He shared: Can’t believe it’s been a year since you left us. At 103, you picked a good time to check out. I love you with all my heart! Michael’s wife, Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones, commented on the photo as well, saying: Love you Pappy🙏🏻😘. This is not the first time Michael Douglas has shared memories of his father.
On what would have been Kirk's 104th birthday in December 202, he posted a montage of photos of the duo through the decades. There was also a voiceover where Michael can be heard saying, "The best advice my father gave me was, 'Whatever you do, you do it to the best of your ability. You leave that job knowing that you couldn't have done any more, and then walk away, you've done the best. Don't look back." The actor opened up about what his father meant to him in May 2020, just months after his passing. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Michael said, “There wasn’t anyone like him."
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"There’s another generation, that was the great generation, post-World War II…and Dad was one of kind,” Michael said of Kirk. “I think he’s very happy. I know he takes particular pride — not so much in whatever I worked with and I’m doing with the Motion Picture Television Fund — but I know he loves Catherine [and] the work that she’s doing. He always used to tease me. We would call him up and he would be like, ‘Enough with you, let me talk to your wife,'” he added. “He was a flirt until the very end.” Michael's wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones chimed in, adding “Oh yes, he’s a great flirt. He crosses our minds every day. But for me, during this time of, ‘OK, we are all locked down, what do you do?’"
"It’s so easy to go into a procrastination vibe. And Kirk, he went through so much from a helicopter crash to a stroke and then just age, being alone and what does he do with this time. And what was so admirable about him was he was always involved with courageous events, he wrote 11 books, he worked with his rabbi, he worked with his philanthropic endeavors and he always created something to do and he taught me that lesson." These philanthropic endeavors were maintained even upon his passing; Douglas left most of his $61 million fortune to charity, reported The Mirror.
Via The Douglas Foundation, founded by Kirk and his wife Anne in 1964, $50 million was distributed to various institutions, to "help those who cannot otherwise help themselves." Some of the beneficiaries include St Lawrence University, which funds scholarships for minority and underprivileged students; Westwood's Sinai Temple, under which exists the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center; Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theater, and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, per the outlet. Kirk Douglas may be gone, but he's far from forgotten, and his family will keep his legacy alive for sure.