Tributes are pouring in following the death of Kirk Douglas.
The legendary icon and “Spartacus” star died peacefully at home early Wednesday afternoon surrounded by his children, grandchildren and his wife of 65 years, Anne Buydens Douglas, according to the actor’s longtime publicist, Marcia Newberger.
He was 103.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, the daughter-in-law of Douglas and wife to his son Michael Douglas, shared a black-and-white picture of her kissing Douglas’ cheek.
“To my darling Kirk,” she wrote on Instagram alongside the sweet snapshot of the pair. “I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight.”
Kirk Douglas’ starred in dozens of films and defining the Golden Age of Hollywood, but his son Michael said he will remember him 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.”
Steven Spielberg remembered the actor’s life-long charm.
“Kirk retained his movie star charisma right to the end of his wonderful life and I’m honored to have been a small part of his last 45 years,” Spielberg said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Other celebrities took to social media to celebrate the illustrious life and legacy of Douglas.
Rob Reiner said the actor “will always be an icon in the pantheon of Hollywood.” He added: “(Kirk) put himself on the line to break the blacklist. My love goes out to my friend Michael and the whole family.”
Lee Grant, who co-starred with Douglas in the 1951 movie “Detective Story,” said on Facebook the actor was “one of those rarest creatures.”
“A Movie Star as well as an incredible actor,” Grant wrote. “A man who forged his own destiny & used his notoriety in an attempt to make some difference in the world. He was a gift, we were lucky to have him, and in some ways, we always will.”
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.”
Mark Hamill said Douglas was “one of the biggest stars of all time.” He continued: “A brilliant actor with an unforgettable, blazing charisma. He will also be remembered for putting his career on the line by defying the Hollywood Blacklist, hiring writer Dalton Trumbo for the classic Spartacus. #RIP
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!”
“Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander said he’s “heartbroken” by the news.
“Kirk Douglas was a friend and an absolute legend of a star and human,” Alexander tweeted. “He got better with every passing day. So honored to have known him. My love to his family. We could use a true Spartacus.”
The U.S. Naval Institute commemorated Douglas’ service in United States Navy from 1941-1944, during World War II.
“#RIP LTJG Kirk Douglas, USN (Ret). who passed away today at age 103,” the Institute tweeted. “Douglas served on submarine chaser PC-1139 in WWII before being discharged for injuries suffered during an attack. He went on to a successful acting career starring in many classic films such as ‘Spartacus.'”
Actor Ed Asner, a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, said he will “always be in awe” of Douglas. Asner added, “May your memory forever be a blessing.”
On Twitter, the SAG Awards mourned “the loss of the legendary and talented Life Achievement Recipient Kirk Douglas. His commitment to acting and justice were inspirational. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time.”
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 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.”
The Walt Disney Family Museum shared a photo of Douglas from the filming of the 1954 movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” the first “live-action feature film at The Walt Disney Studios.”
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kirk Douglas,” the company tweeted. “Our condolences are with his family and all who cherished his work.”
Frances Fisher said Douglas was the “first actor I ever saw on a screen.”
“Remembering his presence even to this day. Amongst his many honors: The Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Frances said, adding, “Rest in Power.”
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.”
Tennis legend Billie Jean King said she knew Douglas “back when I was playing junior tennis in the 1950s.”
“Kirk Douglas loved tennis,” she tweeted. “He was a talented actor who truly loved his craft. He loved his family even more. May he Rest In Peace.”