Kirk Douglas leaves most of his inheritance to charity

Just three weeks ago the world of cinema lost one of its greatest icons, Kirk Douglas, who died on February 5 at 103 years. In the last few hours, after all the tributes to him and for having paid him, it has been revealed what will happen to his fortune, which amounts to $61 million (about 56.1 million euros) after having starred in a whopping 75 films in Hollywood throughout his career.

According to information published by the British outlet The Mirror, the popular actor, who displayed his generosity and altruism especially since his retirement from acting, chose to have 50 million of his inheritance go to various charities through the Douglas Foundation, created by him and his wife Anne Buydens with the aim of “assisting those who otherwise could not help themselves”.

Kirk Douglas and his son Michael Douglas at the 2003 Oscars ceremony


Among the more specific causes with which Douglas chose to contribute, there are institutions and entities such as the University of St Lawrence, where the actor himself was trained; Westwood’s Sinai Temple, which is the oldest and largest Jewish congregation in the state of California; the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, which was restored thanks to a $2.5 million donation he made years earlier; and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where they will help treat children from families with fewer resources.

Once those 50 million dollars have been distributed, the rest of the inheritance of the actor, which is reduced to an amount of 11 million dollars, will go directly to his family. Against all odds, his son Michael Douglas You will not receive anything, according to the aforementioned media.


Kirk Douglas with his family

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According to published information, the protagonist of Spartacus He would have appreciated that his best-known son will not need his fortune, since he himself already has a heritage of about 300 million dollars, obtained from his work in the world of cinema, and has a solid family nucleus with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, who also has a significant fortune.


Kirk Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, in an image shared by the actress on her social networks

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Precisely because of this generosity Kirk Douglas has shown off his last good deed, Michael Douglas and his wife have wanted to praise him in recent weeks with their private tributes.

In the case of the also actor, this, remembering the altruism that characterized him, said goodbye to his father on social networks, assuring that, in addition to his facet as an artist, he will always be remembered for his positive mark on society: “Leave a legacy on film that will live on for generations to come and a story as a renowned philanthropist who worked to help the public and bring peace to the planet.”

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Kirk Douglas leaves most of his inheritance to charity