Tributes are pouring in following the death of Kirk Douglas.
The legendary icon and “Spartacus” star died at age 103, his eldest son Michael Douglas confirmed on Instagram Wednesday.
Despite starring in dozens of films and defining the Golden Age of Hollywood, Michael said he will remember Douglas simply as “Dad.”
“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,” Michael captioned several family photos.
He added: “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.”
Michael was not the only one to celebrate the illustrious life and legacy of his father.
Mitzi Gaynor, who starred alongside Douglas in the 1963 film “For Love or Money,” applauded her co-star.
“Bravo Kirk Douglas on an incredible life,” she tweeted. “Thank you for so generously sharing your amazing talent with all of us. The film we made together will always hold a special place in my heart. My love to Anne & your beautiful family. #KirkDouglas.”
Danny DeVito referred to Douglas as the “inspirational Scalawag.” He added, “103 years on this earth. That’s got a nice ring to it! Great hanging with you man.”
William Shatner sent “condolences to the family of Kirk Douglas. What an incredible icon he was in this industry!”
The Academy said “goodbye to a Hollywood legend,” while sharing a quote from Douglas on his inspiration behind becoming an actor: “I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a kid in the second grade. I did a play, and my mother made a black apron, and I played a shoemaker. After the performance, (my father) gave me my first Oscar: an ice cream cone.”
The Golden Globes referred to Douglas as “one of the most famous actors of all time.”
George Takei said Douglas “shall be missed.”
“An Academy Award winning actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Douglas was a champion for many just causes and lived a long and storied life,” he tweeted. “He was adored and beloved.”