Kirk Douglas, A Great Actor And One Of The Last Representatives Of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Will Turn 101
December 1, 2017 17:24 By Fabiosa
Kirk Douglas, a prominent actor and one of the last representatives of Hollywood’s golden era, will celebrate his 101st birthday on December 9th, 2017. In front of the upcoming event, we want to share some interesting facts about the actor’s personal life and his greatest achievements.
Kirk Douglas, one of the last representatives of Hollywood’s golden era
Douglas was born in a poor Jewish family. From his early childhood, he dreamed to become an actor and gain worldwide popularity. During his study at school, young Kirk played in the local performances.
I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a kid in the second grade.
Later, the actor confessed he would never forgot the moment when his father came to see him on stage and after that he awarded little Kirk with an ice-cream. It was one of the brightest events from the actor’s childhood.
But Douglas had to put aside his dream to become an actor at least for a while. Due to the poor financial condition, the boy had to earn money to help his family. Kirk worked as a waiter, dishwasher, and security guard. But thanks to his great ability to work hard and his desire to get the necessary education, Douglas became a student of American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Kirk's long life and achievements
At the beginning of his onstage career, Douglas appeared in numerous Broadway performances. But then he had to serve in the army during WW II. After he finished his military service, Douglas decided to continue his acting career but it was not so simple. The actor had a lot of auditions but didn’t get the roles until his close friend, Lauren Bacall, put a word for him to a producer of The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers.
After that, Kirk appeared in a number of outstanding films, among which are legendary The Bad and the Beautiful, Lust for Life, and Spartacus. Throughout his long acting career, Douglas appeared in more than 90 movies and received the most tremendous international awards, including Academy Award. In 1981, he was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Happy 101st Birthday, Kirk!
This year, the great actor turns 101. On his 100th anniversary, Douglas confessed he hadn’t thought he would live to this age.
I never, ever thought I would live to be 100. That’s shocked me, really. And it’s sad, too.
Kirk’s sons, a popular actor Michael Douglas, and a producer Joel Douglas, already wait to congratulate their father on this enormous event. The actor’s close friends and devoted fans also send congratulations to this legendary person.
Kirk Douglas is an eminent figure in the history of cinematography. We also wish him long and happy years and want to thank for his contribution to the world culture.