Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas passed away on Wednesday - he was 103 years old at the time.

"It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103," the actor's son Michael Douglas said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. 

"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."

He 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," Michael added. "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 received his first Academy Award nomination in 1950 for Champion, and was nominated again in 1953 for the Hollywood expose The Bad and the Beautiful. He as nominated a third time for his performance as Vincent Van Gogh in the biopic 1957 Lust for Life.