Michael Douglas Shares What He Told Dad Kirk on His Last Birthday after the Hollywood Legend Passes Away at 103
Michael Douglas, in a heartwarming and emotional tribute, recalled the words he spoke to his father on his last birthday following the news of his death.
"Kirk's life was well-lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come."
"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 proud to be your son."
While the world saw the late Kirk as a legendary actor from the golden age of Hollywood, he was more than that. He was an advocate for justice and believed in the equal treatment of everyone.
Beyond what the world saw him as the deceased was a father and a husband. He was also a father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Kirk leaves behind a legacy in film and a lasting impact on the lives of those he touched. However, knowing that the deceased lived a legacy has not lessened the pain his family is feeling.
The late actor's daughter-in-law paid tribute to him on Instagram with a black and white photo of the two of them. She captioned it,
"To my darling Kirk, I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already, sleep tight."
The deceased turned 103 in November 2019. To mark the milestone age, Michael shared a photo of himself and his father, both dressed in a suit.
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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband. 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. 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. #KirkDouglas
In the caption, the actor who was also celebrating a Golden Globe nomination for his role on the "Kominsky Method" wrote that he is happy he made his dad proud. The actor didn't have a party as per his father's wishes.
Kirk was a present father and was actively involved in the lives of his children. To Michael, his influence would never be forgotten, and he'll always cherish the time they spent together.