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Kirk Douglas passes away at 103

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Posted at 9:29 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 21:29:57-05

Kirk Douglas, an accomplished actor, passed away Wednesday at 103.

Douglas starred in movies such as "Spartacus," "Lust for Life" and "Champion" where he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in 1949 for his role as boxer Midge Kelly.

Douglas acted alongside John Wayne in three films: "In Harm's Way," "Cast a Giant Shadow" and "The War Wagon."

His acting career began in the early 1940's before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941. After several years of service, Kirk returned to theater where his career began to take flight.

In 1981, Douglas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter, who was president at the time.

Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas' son, is also an accomplished actor.