Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has died aged 103.

The stage and screen actor was a fixture of cinema for over 60 years and well-known for a range of roles - including the 1960 classic Spartacus.

His family, including actor son Michael, confirmed the news in a statement, saying: "It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103.

"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.”

Kirk Douglas in New York
Kirk Douglas in New York
A scene from Spartacus
A scene from Spartacus

The actor continued: “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.

“Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad - I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son.”

Douglas was himself nominated for an Oscar three times - for Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and Lust for Life (1956). He eventually won the honorary award in 1996 in recognition of his 50 years in the industry.

He is survived by his second wife, Anne, and three of his sons.

Daughter in law and Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones payed tribute to the actor on her Instagram page.

She posted a photo of the two together, writing:  "I shall love you for the rest of my life. I miss you already. Sleep tight.."