Kirk Douglas left most of $61M fortune to charity


Kirk Douglas has ensured his philanthropic legacy continues after his death.

The Hollywood legend, who passed away on Feb. 5 at the age of 103, left behind a $61 million fortune -- most of which was delegated to various charities through the Douglas Foundation, which the actor and his wife, Anne, founded in 1964.

According to reports, Douglas left $50 million for organizations such as the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Westwood's Sinai Temple, Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre and Douglas' alma mater St. Lawrence University. The Kirk Douglas Scholarship, which was established in 1999 to assist minority students through their studies, was the largest endowed scholarship at the university.

Douglas' son Michael, 75, was not listed as a beneficiary, but it's unclear where the remaining $10+ million went.

Michael announced his father's death in early February with several photos on Instagram.

"It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103," Michael wrote on Instagram. "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."

Douglas, one of seven children, was born Issur Danielovitch to illiterate Russian-Jewish immigrants in Dec. 1916. He opened up about his poor childhood in a 1988 biography titled "The Ragman's Son."

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