Stephen: Kirk Douglas, actor, dead at 103

Legendary movie actor Kirk Douglas has died at the age of 103, Us Weekly reports. Douglas’ son Michael announced his passing Wednesday on Instagram. “It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” Michael wrote. “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.” The actor started his career in the 1940s and starred in over 90 movies, including Spartacus. He was nominated for three Oscars and won an honorary Oscar in 1996. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, and SAG gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. In 1996, Douglas suffered a stroke, but underwent speech therapy and learned to talk again. He is survived by his 100-year-old wife, Anne Buydens, sons Michael, Joel and Peter Douglas, and several grandchildren.

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