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Kirk Douglas, movie legend and Amsterdam native, dies at 103

Kirk Douglas, movie legend and Amsterdam native, dies at 103

Kirk Douglas, movie legend and Amsterdam native, dies at 103
Kirk Douglas in Amsterdam in 1985 in a "welcome home" parade
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

AMSTERDAM - Kirk Douglas, Amsterdam native and movie legend, has died at age 103, his son Michael Douglas announced.

"To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years," Michael Douglas wrote, "a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to."

Kirk Douglas celebrated is 103rd birthday in December.

Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, was raised in Amsterdam along with six sisters.

He starred in over 90 films, and was perhaps best known for his lead role in “Spartacus.”

He was nominated for the following Academy Awards: Best Actor, 1956, “Lust for Life”; Best Actor, 1952, “The Bad and the Beautiful”; and Best Actor, 1949, “Champion.”

He was presented with an honorary Oscar in 1996 for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.

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