Beneficiaries include St. Lawrence University in support of a scholarship for minority and underprivileged students, the Sinai Temple in Westwood, the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City and the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Kirk’s eldest son Michael announced that his father had passed away a few weeks ago when the Basic Instincts star wrote an emotional tribute to his “legendary” father on Instagram.
“It is with great sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103,” he wrote. “He was a legend to the world, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian worker whose commitment to justice and the reasons he believed set a standard for all of us that we should strive for.
“But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was just a father, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
The 75-year-old actor added, “Kirk’s life was well lived and he leaves a legacy in film that will last for generations and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to help the public and make peace bring the planet.
“Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday that will always stay true. Dad: I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son. #KirkDouglas ”