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Kirk Douglas’ Family Shares Heartfelt Tributes In Honor Of His 102nd Birthday

by Caralynn Lippo
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Kirk Douglas recently turned 102, and his famous family is celebrating the milestone birthday.

The legendary actor, born Issur Danielovitch in 1916, was the star of many hit Hollywood movies.

Alongside Olivia de Havilland (who also turned 102 in July of this year), Kirk is considered one of the last living stars from the golden age of the film industry.

Several of Kirk’s kids also followed him into the film industry. His son Joel went on to become a film producer, and his son Peter is a TV and film producer as well. Of his four sons, Michael Douglas is the most recognizable, with a massively successful, award-winning acting career of his own.

The entire family is very close, and they recently came together for Kirk’s special day.

Several of Kirk’s relatives — including son Michael, daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his grandkids — took to social media to pay tribute to the beloved family patriarch in honor of his birthday.

Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916.

Before embarking on his career in Hollywood, he served in the US Navy during World War II.

He had two sons with his first wife, Diana Dill: Michael, born in 1944, and Joel, born in 1947.

He later married Anne Buydens in 1954, and the couple had two more sons: Peter, born in 1955, and Eric, born in 1958.

Kirk and Anne have remained together ever since, in what’s easily one of Hollywood’s longest marriages.

Kirk’s oldest son, Michael, followed in his dad’s footsteps with a lengthy and successful Hollywood career of his own.

Kirk is particularly close to Michael’s wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In honor of her father-in-law’s milestone birthday, Catherine took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message for him.

“Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk,” she wrote. Alongside the caption, the Chicago star shared a video montage with press stills and photos and home movies of Kirk with their family through the years.

Michael and Catherine’s 15-year-old daughter, Carys, is also featured in the video, playing the piano and singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”

Carys also shared a birthday message of her own for her grandpa.

“102 years young,” she wrote alongside an on-set photo of Kirk. “To my inspiration, my pappy. I can’t put into words how much you mean to me. Happy birthday, I love you.”

Michael and Catherine’s 18-year-old son, Dylan, similarly gave his grandpa a shout-out on social media, writing, “Happy birthday Pappy 102 years!!! Though you are adored by millions, my love for you is by far the greatest. Love you forever and always.”

Michael’s oldest son Cameron, from his previous marriage, also shared a special message for his grandpa.

“Happy birthday to a gentleman’s gentleman, with a true heart of gold. We love you Pappy! #102,” Cameron wrote alongside a recent photo of Kirk with Cameron’s daughter Lua Izzy.

Michael shared a montage video of his own on Facebook, showing his dad in a few of his most iconic roles over the years as well as family snapshots.

“Happy 102nd Birthday Dad. You’re my hero and I love you! #KirkDouglas #102 #Birthday #MyHero #FathersLove,” he wrote.

It’s clear that the legendary actor is so loved by his family. Happy birthday, Kirk!