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Happy Birthday, Kirk Douglas
Yahoo ^ | 12/8/11 | Claudine Zap

Posted on 12/08/2011 12:35:37 PM PST by DemforBush

On Friday, the legendary actor Kirk Douglas celebrates his 95th year and almost a century of accomplishment. Best known for his iconic roles in "Spartacus," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," and "Lust for Life," the self-described "ragman's son" made his way from poverty to screen legend...

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: actor; iloveuspartacus; kirkdouglas
So many great movies from Kirk Douglas. Spartacus, Paths of Glory, etc. Even some of his lesser known (relatively speaking) films are great. Two of my personal faves are Champion and Young Man with a Horn.

Also loved him in Tough Guys with Eli Wallach and the late, great Burt Lancaster.

1 posted on 12/08/2011 12:35:42 PM PST by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

Happy Birthday, Kirk! You were a great actor and a brilliant producer. My husband just showed “Paths of Glory” to his film students. My favorite of yours was “Lonely are the Brave.”

(But, please, don’t go on the Oscars again...)


2 posted on 12/08/2011 12:38:05 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: DemforBush

I had no idea he was still alive. I particularly liked his character in the Disney version of “20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea”.


3 posted on 12/08/2011 12:39:01 PM PST by yarddog
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To: DemforBush

Douglas is a great actor. I especially like some of the film noir films he did in the late 40s.


4 posted on 12/08/2011 12:40:18 PM PST by Signalman
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To: DemforBush
I Am Spartacus!

5 posted on 12/08/2011 12:41:17 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: DemforBush

Best Burt Lancaster impersonation EVER!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEtDidm0pRE


6 posted on 12/08/2011 12:44:08 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Bobalu

YES! I’ve got that one on my hard drive. Gorshin was just an amazing talent. His impressions/impersonations were always just spot on.

BTW, here’s a clip of Gorshin on the Dean Martin show. Lancaster, Douglas, Brando and Rod Steiger all in the span of two minutes. Just amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-YX4d2s0xs


7 posted on 12/08/2011 12:48:59 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DemforBush

One of our last living American movie greats.


8 posted on 12/08/2011 12:50:46 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: DemforBush

I am Spartacus!


9 posted on 12/08/2011 12:53:08 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Bobalu

Seven days in may

http://www.destgulch.com/movies/7days/


10 posted on 12/08/2011 12:55:44 PM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: Bobalu
What memories. Sammy, Freddy Prinze Sr., and Phyllis Diller. I always thought that Frank Gorshin was better than Rich Little.

A great Kirk Douglas was done by Phil Hartman in the SNL sketch “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.”

BTW web rumor claims that Phyllis Diller died today. Tracking that one down.

11 posted on 12/08/2011 1:03:06 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: DemforBush
Its sad seeing the old Commie at events and interviews. I prefer to remember him gorgeous and dangerous in "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "Out of the Past" over the propaganda pieces of crap he produced with is leftist partner, that were designed to undermine our military.

Its hard to forgive him for championing Dalton Trumbo.

12 posted on 12/08/2011 1:06:36 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: DemforBush

Kirk Douglas is also a great philanthropist in the Old Hollywood style. He financed the Motion Picture Home facility for Alzheimer’s patients, named for his father, Harry’s Haven. Unfortunately, they’re not making stars like Kirk anymore.


13 posted on 12/08/2011 1:08:06 PM PST by Argus
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To: DemforBush
Ace in the Hole. Douglas plays the perfect media creep. Talk about noir -- this movie explores a soul so black it's well beyond the heart of darkness.
14 posted on 12/08/2011 1:09:23 PM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Bobalu

The late, not-so-great gossip columnist, Sheilah Graham, used to call Burt and Kirk “the terrible twins.”


15 posted on 12/08/2011 1:09:59 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: DemforBush; mrreaganaut

Very nice man in person as well. I met him one day when I in my 20’s and was walking my bosses dog downtown Palm Springs (where he lived) and ‘my’ dog attacked his dog. I apologized, offered to pay for any vet bills and gave him my card. A few hours later, I got called into my bosses office to be told that Kirk Douglas called to tell her how nice and polite I was and that the dog was fine.

For some reason, all of my ‘celebrity’ stories are embarrassing. LOL.


16 posted on 12/08/2011 1:13:50 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see".)
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To: dfwgator
"...I am Spartacus!..."

No. I AM Spartacus.


17 posted on 12/08/2011 1:37:11 PM PST by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: Cincinatus

One of his greatest movies. But you almost want to open your veins after seeing it...


18 posted on 12/08/2011 1:41:01 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Deb

I’m certainly not a fan of the politics of Dalton Trumbo - and he deserved what he got - but he was an excellent writer. Lonely Are the Brave is a beautiful movie about the lone American spirit. Kirk and his horse, Whiskey, gave performances for the ages.


19 posted on 12/08/2011 1:44:41 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: miss marmelstein

Agreed. And what about that truck driver...Carroll O’Connor?


20 posted on 12/08/2011 1:56:13 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Bobalu

They sell parody T-shirts that say “Behold, Fartacus” or “I am Fartacus” too.


21 posted on 12/08/2011 2:08:57 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: DemforBush

I saw Kirk Douglas a few years ago at the Glendale Galleria. He was signing one of his books.


22 posted on 12/08/2011 2:15:42 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: DemforBush
Definitely one of the great actor producers, at home in westerns, film noir, dramas, whatever. I always like his Van Gogh in Lust for Life:


23 posted on 12/08/2011 2:15:42 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Deb

Oh! Carroll O’Connor before he became famous! You keep wondering why he’s driving that truck...and then, sadly, you find out.


24 posted on 12/08/2011 2:19:29 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Sans-Culotte

An amazing talent, producer and business man. When will we see their likes again?


25 posted on 12/08/2011 2:21:09 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: miss marmelstein
When will we see their likes again?

I'm thinking 'never'. The day is long past for manly stars like Kirk, Burt, Chuck Heston, et al. Probably why most of the films my wife and I watch are old ones.

26 posted on 12/08/2011 2:39:58 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes, brilliant storytelling. Too sad for me to love, though.
The Bad and the Beautiful” will always be my favorite. Just getting to watch the delicious Gilbert Roland, would have been joy enough.


27 posted on 12/08/2011 3:14:20 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: DemforBush

“Last Train From Gun Hill”.... with Tony Quinn. One of the best westerns ever.


28 posted on 12/08/2011 3:37:32 PM PST by driftless2
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To: miss marmelstein

Interestingly (or not), Trumbo also co-wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite Steve McQueen films - Papillon.

And, of course, he wrote what I consider to be the single most terrifying novel ever written - Johnny Got His Gun. The first time I read it, there were times when I had to put the book down and go outside for air.


29 posted on 12/08/2011 3:54:19 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: driftless2

I’ve not seen that one before, but I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks!


30 posted on 12/08/2011 3:56:55 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Cincinatus

Ooh, I definitely have to check that one out! I love noir, and Billy Wilder is one of the greatest directors of all time in my book.


31 posted on 12/08/2011 4:00:24 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: DemforBush

I’ve never read Johnny Get Your Gun - waaaaay too graphic for me. But then, I’ve seen “War Horse,” the B’way play about World War I that left me sleepless! And who can forget Kirk’s “Paths of Glory,” a movie that makes me as jittery as hell,lol.

I like Papillon very much although it doesn’t show McQueen at his most movie-star like. He is probably my very favorite movie star.


32 posted on 12/08/2011 4:45:49 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: Deb

Wow! A freeper who knows who Gilbert Roland is! I’m super impressed!

I love it when Kirk tells Lana she’s nothing but a slut, lol. And the famous sequence where she loses control of herself (and the steering wheel) while she’s driving. Wild!


33 posted on 12/08/2011 4:49:31 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: miss marmelstein

The best scene EVER! We need a club or t-shirts or tattoos.


34 posted on 12/08/2011 5:06:28 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

My only problem with the movie is that we have to buy into the fact that Dick Powell is a graduate of the Sorbonne!


35 posted on 12/08/2011 5:08:33 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: DemforBush

Happy birthday to Mr. Douglas.


36 posted on 12/08/2011 6:05:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (If Newt Gingrich is a Reliable Conservative, Joe Biden is a member of MENSA)
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To: DemforBush

One of my favorite was his starring with John Wayne in “The War Wagon.”

Two “toughs” are delivering a message from the head bad guy (played by Bruce Cabot) hiring Lomax (Douglas) to kill Tau Jackson (Wayne) and as they’re walking away they decide that they can kill Tau. They turn and draw their guns just to be shot down by Tau and Lomax.

Lomax says, “Mine hit the ground first.”

Tau Jackson replies, “Mine was taller.”


37 posted on 12/09/2011 4:04:38 AM PST by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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To: driftless2

or “Man without a Star”.


38 posted on 12/10/2011 1:46:57 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: DemforBush

Here is Kirk’s greatest hit (about 6 minutes):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWthM8pf-M


39 posted on 12/10/2011 1:54:48 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Yorlik803

Haven’t seen that one. Will have to check it out.


40 posted on 12/10/2011 6:40:56 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Deb

If I may jump in, on this side of the aisle Gloria Grahame was almost as delish as Ms. Turner and twice as seductive.


41 posted on 12/14/2011 1:07:10 PM PST by Chunga (What a load of codswallop!)
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To: LeonardFMason

Here’s that clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkWthM8pf-M


42 posted on 12/25/2011 9:02:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Chunga

Not sure I agree on GG. She had no lips. However, the fact that she divorced Nick Ray and married his son makes her a HUGE heroine to me.


43 posted on 01/06/2012 10:30:32 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: NCC-1701

"Noes, meesa AM Spartacus."

44 posted on 01/06/2012 10:36:32 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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