Kirk Douglas passed away at the age of 103 on February 5, with his famous family, including daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones, paying tribute
Catherine Zeta-Jones has paid a touching tribute to her father-in-law Kirk Douglas after he passed away at the age of 103.
The actress, who is married to Kirk’s son Michael Douglas, took to Instagram to post a picture of the two of them together in which she planted a kiss on his cheek and he reached for her hand.
She said she would “love him for the rest of my life” in the heartbreaking tribute, which she shared hours after the sad news was announced.
Catherine, 50, wrote: “To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight…”
The screen legend passed away on February 5, with his family, including actor son Michael, confirming the news in a statement, saying: “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.”
The actor continued: “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.”
Kirk is survived by his second wife, Anne, whom he married in 1954 after meeting in Paris while he filmed Lust for Life, and three of his sons.
Considered the last member of Hollywood’s Golden Age, he fronted an illustrious career that spanned seven decades.
He starred in nearly 100 films and was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Actor, firstly in Champion (1949), then in The Bad and the Beautiful (1951) and then for portraying Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956) – of which he won a Golden Globe instead.
Kirk is No.17 on the American Film Institute’s list of greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema – he was the highest ranking living person the list.