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Screen icon Kirk Douglas leaves ‘almost entire $61 million fortune to charity’

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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas reportedly left almost his entire $61m fortune to charity. The actor died earlier this month at the age of 103. 

On Sunday, The Mirror reported he left $50m to be distributed to the Douglas Foundation, which the actor and his wife founded in 1964. The charity’s goal is “helping those who cannot help themselves.”

“Its primary focus is improving the education and health, fostering the well-being and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children who hold our future in their hands,” the website says. 

The outlet states the beneficiaries of the fortune will include St Lawrence University, Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Westwood’s Sinai Temple, which “houses Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Centre.” 

The report did not say where the remaining $11m will go, although it said his son Micheal Douglas who has a fortune of $300m will not receive any inheritance from his father. 

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‘Kirk’s life was well-lived’

Micheal announced his father’s passing on 5 February, saying: “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.”

Kirk Douglas had dedicated a massive part of his life to charity and in 1983 he received the Jefferson Award for public services and in 1985 the French Legion of Honour. 

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