Kirk Douglas, right, attends a 2018 ceremony honouring his son, actor Michael Douglas, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [File: Valerie Macon/AFP]

Kirk Douglas, one of the last superstars of Hollywood’s golden age of cinema and renowned for his intense, muscular performances in films like Spartacus and Paths of Glory, died Wednesday at age 103.

The US leading man, producer and director came to prominence in the late 1940s and never lost his popularity, taking on nearly 100 movies during a 60-year career.

His death at his family home in Beverly Hills was confirmed by his son Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker.

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“It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at

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