Kirk Douglas was an American actor, director, producer, writer, and philanthropist. He is best known for his stellar performance in Spartacus and carved his own space in the Golden Age of Hollywood. The veteran actor passed away on 5th February and donated a chunk of his fortune of approximately $61 million to charity.
Michael, his son, announced his death at 103. Kirk Douglas did not give his property to his son, instead, he donated it. He was a humanitarian who was committed to the cause of creating a better society. Micahel added that his father’s dedication to justice is something that inspires him. Even in his death, Douglas remained true to his aspirations.
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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
Who did he donate all his money to? The Kirk Douglas Scholarship tends to less fortunate students who might have to sacrifice their dreams for financial constraints. The scholarship is given by the St. Lawrence University. In the 1920s and 30s, Douglas was brought up while battling with the Great Depression. He had to struggle day and night to make a living out of acting. The university was his alma mater and he donated a huge amount out of his generosity.
The Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theater, Westwood’s Sinai Temple, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, too received donations from the legendary actor. Douglas had donated a huge sum of money in the past to these places, the most remarkable being the $2.3 million that he gave to the pediatrics division. He wanted the hospital to improve its infrastructure and provide good aid. While celebrating his 99th birthday, Kirk Douglas gave away $15 million to build the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion. This pavilion was set up to look after the lives of entertainers who were suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Douglas was a multifaceted star and his legacy will be cherished in the years to come. However, his real life is larger than the reel. He is a kind and compassionate human being who not only helped his dear one’s but also strangers. We hope his soul rests in peace and more people come forth to donate their huge fortunes to someone who needs it. There shouldn’t be a gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and people like Kirk Douglas show us how.