Skip to comments.Happy Birthday, Kirk Douglas
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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They sell parody T-shirts that say “Behold, Fartacus” or “I am Fartacus” too.
I saw Kirk Douglas a few years ago at the Glendale Galleria. He was signing one of his books.
Oh! Carroll O’Connor before he became famous! You keep wondering why he’s driving that truck...and then, sadly, you find out.
An amazing talent, producer and business man. 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.
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.
“Last Train From Gun Hill”.... with Tony Quinn. One of the best westerns ever.
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.
I’ve not seen that one before, but I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks!
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.
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.
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!
The best scene EVER! We need a club or t-shirts or tattoos.
My only problem with the movie is that we have to buy into the fact that Dick Powell is a graduate of the Sorbonne!
Happy birthday to Mr. Douglas.
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.”
or “Man without a Star”.
Here is Kirk’s greatest hit (about 6 minutes):
Haven’t seen that one. Will have to check it out.