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Mark Hamill, Rob Reiner, Danny DeVito & Other Legends React to Kirk Douglas' Death

Jaimie-lee Prince
Feb 07, 2020
10:00 A.M.
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Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, and more are coming out to mourn the death of the iconic actor, Kirk Douglas. The industry has lost a legend who will never be forgotten. 

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On Wednesday, Michael Douglas announced the death of his father,  the great Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103. In a lengthy caption, he shared heartwarming words of tribute.

Michael's last words to his father were how much he loved him and his pride in being Kirk's son. It was just the beginning of a slew of praise that followed the actor's death. The reactions are found below.

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Hollywood's best react to Kir's death

"Desperado" actor Antonio Banderas took to Instagram to grieve Kirk with a brief caption alongside a black and white photo of the deceased. Actor George Takei also shared some words on Twitter.

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Comedian and actor Danny DeVito took to Twitter as well in a playful but solemn message about Kirk, calling him "the inspirational scalawag." BenDavid Grabinski shared Kirk's favorite scene from "Ace In the Hole."

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Kirk stood up for his values

Mark Hamill, "Star Wars" actor and a writer, also shared words, pointing to Kirk's defiance against the Hollywood Blacklist by hiring Dalton Trumbo for "Spartacus" — a film that solidified Kirk's legend status.

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Filmmaker and actor Rob Reiner shared another tweet mentioning the blacklist incident as he gave condolences to Kirk's family. Journalist Dan Rather also added his sympathetic voice.

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Remembered by a sports legend

The multi-talented William Shatner shared a brief tweet extending his condolences as he called Kirk and icon. Tennis star Billie Jean King also lent her voice to the crowd. 

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"Kirk Douglas loved tennis... He was a talented actor who truly loved his craft. He loved his family even more," she wrote in part. Kirk's wife, Anne Buydens, was with him for 65 years.

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Kirk's remaining family and legacy

Kirk is also survived by his three sons, Michael, Joel, and Peter. Kirk was Jewish and the son of immigrant parents. He joined the war soon after 1941 when his career was just kicking off. 

When he returned, Kirk established himself as both an actor and a humanitarian. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom on January 17, 1981. 

Kirk Douglas attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony Honoring Michael Douglas on Hollywood Boulevard | Photo: Getty Images

Kirk was very hard-working, making up to three films a year, typically in western, war, and Roman-era genres. He's collected numerous awards over the years. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.

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