Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Say Late Kirk Douglas Crosses Their Minds Every Day

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas shared how the late and legendary Kirk Douglas continue to inspire their daily lives amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Michael Douglas and his longtime wife and actress Catherine participated in “We All Play Our Part: A Benefit for MPTF” held on Friday, and the couple’s thoughts turned to the late and great Kirk Douglas when they spoke to ET ahead of the event.


Reminiscing about earlier years, Michael said that there “wasn’t anyone” like his father Kirk, who died at the age of 103 in February this year. Knowing that his father would be “very happy” with their contributions to the Motion Picture Television Fund, Michael couldn’t help but add in good humor:

"We would call him up and he would be like, 'Enough with you, let me talk to your wife.' He was a flirt until the very end."

Catherine agreed that Kirk was “a great flirt,” but the way Kirk approached life taught her a valuable lesson that helps the whole Douglas household during the difficult time in self-isolation amid the pandemic.


“He crosses our minds every day. But for me, during this time of, ‘OK, we are all locked down, what do you do?’” Catherine explained. “He always said to us, ‘Write a book, do something else. What are you doing?’ And he’d be working on something right now, I’m sure.”

Finding or creating something to do in aid of others is a trait Catherine always found “admirable” about Kirk. Apart from philanthropic “endeavors,” Kirk also wrote 11 books, became involved with “courage events,” apart from an acting career that brought him much fame.

Kirk Douglas became the face of “Spartacus” in the 1960 film turned classic, and it marked only a part of his seven-decade long career that Steven Spielberg reportedly called a “breathtaking body of work.” 


However, after Michael announced the news of his father’s passing, his son, Cameron Douglas, shared that grandfather Kirk had a profound impact on his career and his life as well.

When Cameron turned his attention to rebuilding his life after getting out of prison, Kirk always supported his pursuit of an acting career and encouraged Cameron to commit to his decision fully.

Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas, and Michael Douglas pose at The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony on November 6, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas, and Michael Douglas pose at The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony on November 6, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

But he also passed down the value of hard work  - which Cameron said is the secret behind his grandfather’s success, apart from also needing to show up, and being prepared when you do. 


Catherine had as much affection towards Kirk as he had for her, as she called him her “darling” Kirk in her tribute to him on social media after he passed. Husband Michael initially shared the sad news on February 6 and wrote in conclusion to a lengthy post that he felt “proud” to be Kirk’s son. 

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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

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Kirk Douglas’s widow, Anne Buydens, celebrated her first birthday in decades without Kirk when she turned 101 years old last month. 

Even though social-distancing regulations didn’t make it possible for the family to physically enjoy the day together, the children all made sure to send Anne heartwarming messages to wish her a happy birthday. 

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