Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito and more Hollywood stars pay tribute to Kirk Douglas

The legendary actor died at age 103

Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among many celebrities who have paid tribute to the late Kirk Douglas.

The actor, who starred in classic Hollywood films including Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Lust For Life, passed away on February 5 at his home in Los Angeles. The news was confirmed by his son, Michael Douglas, in a statement on Instagram. Douglas is survived by his children, grandchildren and his wife of 65 years, Anne Buydens Douglas. He was 103 years old.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend, dies aged 103
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Following the news of his death, many figures in the entertainment industry have taken to social media in mourning. DeVito called the late star an “inspirational Scalawag” while Reiner referred to him as “an icon in the pantheon of Hollywood”. “He put himself on the line to break the blacklist. My love goes out to my friend Michael and the whole family,” Reiner added.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, wife of Michael Douglas and daughter-in-law to Kirk, also shared a tribute on Instagram. “To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life,” she wrote. “I miss you already. Sleep tight…”

In a statement, as per The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg said that he was “honoured” to have worked alongside Douglas. “Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I’m honoured to have been a small part of his last 45 years,” he said. “I will miss his handwritten notes, letters and fatherly advice, and his wisdom and courage – even beyond such a breathtaking body of work – are enough to inspire me for the rest of mine.”

Morrissey also posted a message to remember Douglas by, writing that he was “the greatest American actor who ever lived…the very first actor to whom no rules applied…the only actor to elevate every screen minute.”

NOW MY HEART IS EMPTY"Kirk Douglas dies … the soul goes over … someone kiss his eyelids shut … the greatest…

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