When actor Kirk Douglas passed away on February 5th he was a stunning 103 years old and a Hollywood icon.
Now, more than a month later, it’s been revealed that he was also extremely generous in his will. According to The Independent Douglas, best known for films like Spartacus, left his $61 million personal fortune almost entirely to charity.
As for specifically how the money will be used, the Independent reports that $50 million will be distributed through the Douglas Foundation, which was started by Douglas and his wife Anne to help those in need. According to its website the foundation exists “to help those who cannot otherwise help themselves.”
The website goes on to say of the foundation:
“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 foundation gives grants to a variety of worthy causes, including funding children’s hospitals, cancer research, and the performing arts and has a special focus on healthcare with a goal of funding “medical research, equipment, and programs within the health system that strive to enhance the quality of care in local communities.”
According to the Mirror, Douglas’s son, the actor Michael Douglas, will not receive any of the money, but with an estimated net worth of $300 million himself that seems a non-issue.
By leaving his fortune to institutions that help the neediest members of society Douglas has ensured that his legacy will endure beyond his films.