Actor Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch to Russian Jewish parents who came to the states in 1912) has died Wednesday aged 103.
He worked more than 40 jobs, including stints as a professional wrestler, a waiter and a janitor, before becoming an actor. He starred in over 80 films. In 1996 he suffered a stroke but recovered most of his faculties. Kirk was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in 1949 for his role as boxer Midge Kelly in "Champion." He also earned 2 Oscar nominations as a producer for "The Bad and the Beautiful" in 1953 and "Lust for Life" in 1957. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 by President Jimmy Carter. France also honored Kirk with the prestigious Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
The Academy Awards also honored him with an honorary Oscar in 1995.The famed actor and producer earned critical acclaim for his role in the 1960 classic, "Spartacus." Kirk survived a helicopter crash in 1991. Douglas also focused on philanthropy, charity work, and his role as goodwill ambassador for the US State Department, a post he has held since 1963. Douglas wrote three novels and several memoirs about his career. In 2003, Douglas finally starred alongside his son Michael, as well as his first wife and grandson Cameron, inthe movie "It Runs in the Family." His son, actor Michael Douglas, posted a tribute to his father on Instagram.