Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dies at 103

(Gray News/CNN) - Actor Kirk Douglas died Wednesday at the age of 103, his son Michael Douglas said in a statement posted to Instagram.

Michael Douglas talks with his father Kirk Douglas who died Wednesday at the age of 103. (Source: CNN)

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” read the statement. “Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” read the statement from his son Michael Douglas.

The elder Douglas is known for his roles in classics like “Spartacus," “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “Champion.” He went on to produce and direct numerous films.

He suffered a stroke in 1996 but continued to work.

Born to poor immigrants, Douglas rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, earning three Academy Award nomination and an honorary Oscar in 1996.

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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. 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

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