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Michael gave a towering performance today as screaming Jack T. Colton in the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone, which airs today from 3.45pm on Channel 5. It tracks American bird hunter Colton, who helps a romantic adventure writer in her attempts to rescue her sister in the Colombian jungle. Their exploits are further tested when it becomes clear that the sister will be killed if a treasure is not handed over to her captors.
Along with Michael in the 80s movie, which was a huge success at the box office, there are fellow Hollywood heavyweights Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.
Michael, a two-time Academy Award winner, and his family have a illustrious history with Hollywood.
His wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is a huge star, earning rave reviews in flicks like Traffic, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago.
The famous American’s father was also a huge presence in Hollywood, with Kirk receiving Academy Award nominations for his acting exploits in Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life.
Michael Douglas and his father Kirk
Kirk Douglas has been nominated for three Oscars
His father passed away two years earlier at the age of 103, and in a posthumous tribute to Kirk, Michael recalled an emotional meeting between the two.
He said, “Kirk had a good life, leaving a legacy in the film that will last for generations to come, and a history as a well-known philanthropist who worked to help the public and bring peace to the planet.
“Let me finish with the words I said to him on his last birthday that will always be true. Dad – I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”
Michael, 77, added in a social media post: “For the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies, who lived well in his golden years, a humanitarian who was committed to justice and the causes he believed in. A standard to which we all aspire.”
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Michael Douglas with his parents and wife
“But to me and to my brothers Joel and Peter, he was just my father, to Catherine, his wonderful father-in-law, and to his grandchildren, great-grandfather, and loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband.”
Immediately after the announcement of Kirk’s death, Hollywood mourned one of its favorite sons, as stars flocked to social media sites in honor of it.
Among these was American actor Sylvester Stallone, who shared a poster from Kirk’s 1949 movie Champion, in which he played the boxer.
The star of the Rocky franchise wrote on Instagram: “KIRK DOUGLAS!!! The last major giant of my movie heroes has gone to endless glory.
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“Amazing artist! We’ll never see her again!”
He was followed by Mr. DeVito, who took to Twitter to share his grief over the news.
He wrote: “Kirk Douglas. Scalawag is inspiring. 103 years on this earth.
“That has a beautiful ring! Great for hanging out with you, man.”
Other Hollywood stars who have paid tribute to them include film producer Steven Spielberg, who awarded Kirk an Honorary Oscar at the 1996 Academy Awards.
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In a statement, Mr. Spielberg said: “Kirk retained his movie star charisma to the end of his brilliant life and I am honored to have you been such a small part of the past 45 years.”
He continued, “I will miss his handwritten notes, his letters, his fatherly advice, his wisdom and courage – even after such an amazing feat – enough to inspire me for the rest of my work.”
Star Trek’s George Takei also praised Kirk’s influence.
He wrote on Twitter: “Legendary actor Kirk Douglas passed away today at the age of 103.
“Academy Award-winning actor and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Douglas has been a champion of many just causes and has lived a long, written life.
“He was loved and loved, and we will miss him.”
Romancing the Stone airs today on Channel 5 from 3.45pm.