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Arnold Schwarzenegger Calls Kirk Douglas His 'Perfect Mentor' In An Emotional Tribute

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By Clark Sparky

The remembrances for Kirk Douglas following news of his death on Wednesday at age 103 continue to pour in. Arnold Schwarzenegger is among those sharing his thoughts on the legendary actor. The Terminator star and former governor of California took to social media to post a heartwarming tribute.

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"Kirk Douglas was an icon. It's hard to put into words what it meant to me to work with this legend who I grew up watching in Westerns in our little theater in Austria. He was larger than life to me - a real life hero," Schwarzenegger's statement began.

"When we finally met on the set of The Villain, he couldn't have been any sweeter to me. I was a new actor and he was the perfect mentor," he continued. "He was already in his 60s but he was in unbelievable shape, and he could still jump off a trampoline into his horse's saddle. I'll always remember his lessons and our workouts together (back then actors trained secretly, so he'd pull his dumbbells out of his hiding place and we would do curls together)."

"He was the perfect role model and my career wouldn't have been the same without him. I will miss him dearly and my thoughts are with his family," Schwarzenegger concluded.

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Kirk Douglas' son announced the news of his father's death in a statement.

“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” the actor said.

He continued, “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.”

Michael continued, “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,” Michael added. “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.”

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