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Douglas' Impact On Hollywood Won't Be Forgotten

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Legendary actor Kirk Douglas died Feb. 5 at the age of 103. He was reportedly one of the last stars from Hollywood's Golden Age.

His first big role was in 1949 with Champion, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His turn as the slave leader Spartacus in the 1960 movie of the same name was one of his best-known roles.

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Actor Michael Douglas announced the news of his father's death yesterday.

"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's All Be Spartacus

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Soon after Douglas' death, people began to tweet "I am Spartacus!" to show how much they loved Douglas' work and to show how timeless the line was.

In the scene from the epic film, slaves are told they need to identify Spartacus in order to get leniency. But each slave stands up and says "I'm Spartacus," so that they can all stick together in their fate.

"Such a History you have left behind! A fantastic life with your wife Anne, your legacy will live on! Such a wonderful life in film! I AM SPARTACUS! 1 Man who never stood Alone! ICONIC," said one person.

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The Lucille Ball tribute page @LucyTributePage wrote:

"We are so sad to hear about the passing of #KirkDouglas. He’s really the last of the leading men of the Golden era in Hollywood. But what a life he had! 103!! Incredible! Mr. Douglas, you are national monument. Thank you for your art & great films. “I AM SPARTACUS!”

Standing Tall

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Actor Bryan Cranston also sent his condolences.

"Thinking about Kirk Douglas and his family tonight. Not only was he a towering presence in film history, he also risked his career and financial stability to do the right thing to help break the Blacklist. That kind of heroism makes all of us stand up and shout, I AM SPARTACUS."

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