• With a career spanning more than seven decades, Kirk Douglas has long since earned his place among the most luminous figures in Hollywood history. After cutting his teeth on the New York stage, he began his film career in the 1946 Barbara Stanwyck vehicle The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers, which was soon followed by memorable roles in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s A Letter to Three Wives, and Mark Robson’s Champion. In addition to cultivating his reputation as one of Hollywood’s immortal tough guys, Douglas also tried his hand at developing projects behind the camera, releasing two Stanley Kubrick masterpieces, the antiwar drama Paths of Glory and the historical epic Spartacus, through his own Bryna Productions. Today, on his one hundredth birthday, we’re saluting this indefatigable star with the above excerpt from a 1979 television interview, which features Douglas regaling his audience with hilarious stories of being spotted in public.

8 comments

  • By Micah M.
    December 09, 2016
    02:30 PM

    Happy birthday, Mr. Douglas. This is spectacular.
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  • By Camp1999
    December 09, 2016
    03:39 PM

    what's with him, is he immortal?
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  • By Cathy Earnshaw
    December 09, 2016
    05:32 PM

    Happy birthday, Mr. Douglas!
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  • By ROMMY
    December 09, 2016
    07:13 PM

    Happy centennial, Mr. Douglas! I have a mint copy of your AFI Life Achievement Award tribute book!
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  • By Jeffrey DeCristofaro
    December 10, 2016
    03:34 AM

    You just can't stop the Kirk! As classy and classic as the films he made!
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  • By Ross McLeod
    December 10, 2016
    08:57 PM

    Happy 100th Birthday to Kirk Douglas !!!!! His 3 films in the collection are all masterpieces. One of the Greats !!!
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  • By Michael Troiber
    December 11, 2016
    09:22 AM

    Happy Birthday Mr. Douglas. Thank you for all your contributions to film. Just watched Spartacus again what an amazing film. Thank you.
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    December 11, 2016
    09:55 AM

    Mr. Douglas is a living legend! When you see his films now, you say to yourself: "now that is a true actor; an actor of immense intensity, and legendary charisma". He is just the greatest.
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