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Posted 09 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

The last living Hollywood Legend of the Golden Age turns 96 today. He has appeared in dozens of movies from the 1940's to the 1980's. He is most famous for the movie's Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Paths of Glory, The Vikings, and many others.

And he is also the father of Michael Douglas, a prolific actor in his own right.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Douglas!

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:08 PM

I am Spartacus! B)
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

Truly the last living great Hollywood star, and one of the greatest ever. Today's so called "stars", almost all of them complete fakes, could learn a lot from the simple, understated integrity of an actor like Kirk Douglas.

He seems to have a great family too, who bonded together when Kirk had his stroke.






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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

The last living Hollywood Legend of the Golden Age turns 96 today. He has appeared in dozens of movies from the 1940's to the 1980's. He is most famous for the movie's Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Paths of Glory, The Vikings, and many others.

And he is also the father of Michael Douglas, a prolific actor in his own right.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Douglas!

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Happy Birthday Mr. Douglas


There actually are a few others from the Golden age still around however
Olivia DeHavilland, Joan Fontaine, Maureen O'Hara, Lauren Bacall, Eli Wallach
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

Happy birthday Kirk. Spartacus reigns !

I cant believe Olivia DeHavilland had a main part in Gone With the Wind............and is STILL thriving.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. Douglas


There actually are a few others from the Golden age still around however
Olivia DeHavilland, Joan Fontaine, Maureen O'Hara, Lauren Bacall, Eli Wallach


Perhaps I shoud have said last Male Legend of Hollywood. While Eli Wallach is a great actor, he is mainly known for his supporting roles. Kirk Douglas was usually the leading actor in his movies. You can call him a major star among his comtemporaries like Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and others.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

The Vilain :D

..or Tough Guys with Burt Lancaster were pretty Funny Movies

but jokes besides..Kirk is one of last "Great Ones"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

Perhaps I shoud have said last Male Legend of Hollywood. While Eli Wallach is a great actor, he is mainly known for his supporting roles. Kirk Douglas was usually the leading actor in his movies. You can call him a major star.

Christopher Lee is still around as well, major star on the Horror genre :)

I know what you mean, very few stars of Douglas's magnitude left, and few today that have reached that level

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

Didn't he die? I thought he died. Somebody go check on him.
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

Didn't he die? I thought he died. Somebody go check on him.


If so, my condolences to the family .. Ken Kesey echoes my sentiment ..
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:19 PM

Kirk Douglas turns 96: Last of the screen idols


By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
updated 11:19 AM EST, Sun December 9, 2012




Posted ImageKirk Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, on December 9, 1916. He made his Broadway debut in 1941, served in the U.S. Navy and embarked on a screen career in 1946. Popular films include "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Spartacus" and "The Bad and the Beautiful." Douglas also worked as director. Douglas is shown in a studio portrait, circa 1955.
Posted ImageDouglas, seen in a portrait from the 1950s, changed his name several times before settling on Kirk Douglas. Previous names include Issur Danielovitch Demsky, Issur Danielovitch and Isadore Demsky.
Posted ImageDouglas sits at a picnic table on the desert location for director Billy Wilder's film "Ace In The Hole" as other crew members eat in the background in 1951.
Posted ImageDouglas and actor Anthony Quinn, right, perform in director Vincente Minnelli's film "Lust for Life," which premiered in 1956. Douglas plays Vincent Van Gogh.
Posted ImageKirk Douglas looks at a book with his second wife, Anne Buydens, circa 1956. The two married in 1954.
Posted ImageDouglas kneels beside his sons, Joel, left, and Michael, circa 1955. Joel and Michael followed their father's career path and became actors.
Posted ImageDouglas is seen at the Rome airport on his way to a safari in Kenya in 1962.
Posted ImageKirk Douglas and his son Michael Douglas on the set of the film "Cast a Giant Shadow" directed by Melville Shavelson in Rome, 1965. Kirk starred and Michael worked as assistant director.
Posted ImageDouglas speaks at a press conference in 1980 during the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival.
Posted ImageActor Jack Nicholson greets Kirk Douglas and his son, Michael, after a ceremony honoring Michael, who placed his hands and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 1997. Michael Douglas is the first "second generation" movie star to be honored. Kirk Douglas' handprints were imprinted there in 1962.
Posted ImageFrom left, Corbin Allred, Dan Aykroyd, and Kirk Douglas star in "Diamonds," 1999.
Posted ImageKirk Douglas and son, actor Michael Douglas, attend the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Tribute Dinner honoring Michael Douglas with the 2001 Humanitarian Award on June 25, 2001. Kirk Douglas has appeared in two movies with his son.



STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bob Greene says Kirk Douglas is Hollywood's last remaining Golden Age idol
  • In "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," he played a seafarer and sang a memorable song
  • Greene watched a TV version in which song was cut; he called Douglas, who was appalled
  • Greene: Douglas turns 96 today, has come far from his early N.Y. days as Issur Danielovitch
Editor's note: CNN Contributor Bob Greene is a bestselling author whose 25 books include "Late Edition: A Love Story"; "Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen"; and "When We Get to Surf City: A Journey Through America in Pursuit of Rock and Roll, Friendship, and Dreams."
(CNN) -- At dinnertime the other evening I walked into a seafood restaurant in a small strip mall off U.S. 41 in southwestern Florida.
The décor was faithful to an under-the-ocean theme, right down to bubbling water behind portholes built into one wall.
Along a corridor, on the door to the men's room, was a framed photograph of a young, smiling Kirk Douglas. You couldn't look at it without grinning.
Even if you had never set eyes on him in your life, you would know in a glance that this guy was some sort of star. The business he was in -- the movie-star business -- has always been built on instant visceral reaction. You've got star quality, or you don't.

With Kirk Douglas, there was never a question. He was golden.
I bring this up because Sunday is Douglas' birthday. He is turning -- believe it or not -- 96.
He is the last man standing of all the great name-above-the-title stars of Hollywood's so-called Golden Age. John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable -- all of them, except him, gone.
I knew exactly why that photograph of Douglas was on the door to the men's room in the submarine-themed restaurant. One of Douglas' most unforgettable movies was 1954's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," adapted from the Jules Verne saga. Douglas played the swashbuckling seafarer Ned Land.
<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2...las/index.html" target="_blank">From the archives: Kirk Douglas, 92, takes stock of his life
It was the first favorite movie of my life. I must have seen it at least six times in the big palace of a downtown theater in our Midwestern hometown. I kept making my parents take me.
The whole movie was thrilling, but one scene topped them all:


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Douglas, in a red-and-white-striped T-shirt, a guitar in his hands, sang a song called "Whale of a Tale"to his shipmates:
"Got a whale of a tale to tell you, lads. . . ."
No textbooks are needed to define what constitutes star quality. That one bit of film contains all the information necessary.
About 25 years ago, I saw in the paper that "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" was scheduled to be broadcast in prime time on ABC. This was in the pre-YouTube, pre-Netflix era; if a wonderful old movie was going to be aired, your one shot at seeing it was at the whim and convenience of a network.
I eagerly awaited -- especially for the chance to see and hear Kirk Douglas sing "Whale of a Tale" one more time.
I watched the movie -- every minute of it.
No "Whale of a Tale."
They had cut it out, for time reasons. "Edited for television."
I couldn't believe they'd done it. The next morning, I remembered that I knew someone who knew someone who claimed to know Kirk Douglas. I made a few phone calls, and was given a California number that I was told was Douglas' business office.
I called, expecting to leave a message.
And Kirk Douglas picked up the phone.
I asked him if he'd heard about how the movie had been edited.
He hadn't. "I rarely watch my own films," he said. "They're for other people, not for me."
I told him that "Whale of a Tale" had been taken out of the TV version.
He became livid. Furious.
"That's a sacrilege," he said. "I had no idea they'd done that. If they can't use 'Whale of a Tale,' then they shouldn't run the picture at all."
I could barely concentrate on what he was saying, because it was hard enough processing the fact that I was talking with Kirk Douglas.
"It was really a rollicking song that everyone liked," he said. "'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' holds a very special place in my heart, because it was the movie that made me a star to young kids. In my earlier movies I had played rather rough characters -- characters that kids probably shouldn't have seen. But when I played Ned Land in '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,' all of a sudden I had a whole new audience."
From the archives: Douglas deals frankly with stroke, depression
And then, in the middle of our conversation, without prompting, he did something that will stay with me forever.
He started to sing "Whale of a Tale" over the telephone:
"Got a whale of a tale to tell you lads, a whale of a tale or two. . ."
The sound of that voice, across all the years. The magic of a movie star:
". . .'bout the flapping fish and the girls I've loved, on nights like this with the moon above, a whale of a tale and it's all true, I swear by my tattoo."
Being 96 is often not much fun for those who make it to that age, and Douglas has battled health problems in recent years. The last of those legends with the special something that turns out to be eternal. All those indelible roles, in "A Letter to Three Wives" and "Ace in the Hole" and "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Strangers When We Meet" and "Spartacus" and "Seven Days in May". . . .
When Douglas started making pictures, Charlie Chaplin was still acting in movies. Douglas' son Michael has already had a long and full movie career. Ninety-six. I stood in that restaurant and looked at him grinning off the painted door, the wattage of the smile above his cleft chin undimmed.
Happy birthday, sir. What a life, for Issur Danielovitch, as he was named by his parents on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York -- what a life for the self-described ragman's son who decided he would be Kirk Douglas, and see where that might take him.
A whale of a tale, and it's all true.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:59 AM

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"This story concerns one of the biggest male stars ever, and one of the most beloved female stars to ever live…
One day she was invited to meet with this movie star about an upcoming major role. This man was a legend already, and was very powerful. … Thinking she herself was powerful and savvy, she accepted the invite. In his hotel room. She never saw it coming.
Without even discussing the film, this actor — drunk already — began making a pass at her. She politely declined, and excused herself. He wouldn't have it. He literally threw her down, slapped the hell out of her, and ripped her clothes off. He shouted obscenities at her, continually punched and held her arms so tight he left scars and bruises.

He raped her repeatedly, spitting on her, and did permanent damage to her body. She was bleeding everywhere, with a battered face. She passed out. When she came to, the actor was still in the room gloating, and told her to come see him tomorrow night and he might give her the role. He laughed at her as she fell down, her legs so wobbly and weak. She gathered her torn clothes, and tried to walk out of the hotel and to her car - blood and semen running down her legs and bruises already forming on her face.

She could barely make it back home in her car. She wanted to kill herself, so ashamed of what happened. The damage to her psyche was permanent, and haunted her forever.

…Her mom said she must have made the actor mad and offended him. They called a doctor, who took her to the hospital secretly to have her treated… The studio knew, and did nothing. After all, the star actor was a money machine. … She grew into an amazing woman with a legendary career. But she never forgot, or forgave, and never got over what happened.
She never named the star actor publicly, but her friends and family knew the truth. Even after marriage and kids, if she saw this actor anywhere - she would almost convulse and cry. And worst of all, Hollywood and the world continued to honor him, pay him, and treat him like a king."

Poster "Himmmm" ( Rumored to be Robert Downey Jr) went on to name the actor in question:

"Today, he's still alive and barely holding on. But those who know the truth are still hoping and praying he will rot in hell for eternity. That all his good deeds and donations will never mask the truth…
So when the time comes, and the now 95-year-old Kirk Douglas, the superstar actor, finally dies, there will be tributes and honors about him. Just remember that he is a monster who never repented, apologized, nor showed any sorrow for destroying the lives of others. Especially the life of that young beloved actress named Natalie Wood."

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:10 AM

If so, my condolences to the family .. Ken Kesey echoes my sentiment ..

ha ha... didn't know the connection so I went looking. Found this interesting excerpt from Kirk Doulgas as he tells about his attempts to turn his book into a movie (which he had no luck with at first so he attempted to turn it into a Broadway play). Here he talks about that experience.

Our first attempts to make a movie of his book met with no success. I decided to transform the book into a play and produce it on Broadway. I hired Dale Wasserman to write the play, and assembled a good cast including William Daniels and Gene Wilder. I played the lead of McMurphy.
We tried it out in Boston, with much success. During a week there, I received a letter from Timothy Leary. He invited me to join his group in a ''mind-expansion program.'' It sounded very exciting to me, although I knew nothing about LSD or all the other so-called mind-expanding drugs. I was very interested in being a participant, but my schedule did not permit me to join the group. I always wondered how Dr. Leary came to invite me. Later I learned that Ken Kesey brought it about. He thought I would be a good candidate for the group.


wow...who knew?

edit: Kesey however IS dead. He died in 2001 after cancer surgery. Douglas has already sent his regrets, mainly that he never went to see him again.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

give me brad pitt over kirk douglas any day
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