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Actor-producer-author Kirk Douglas (1916-2020)

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27 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

I'm waiting for Dargo's retelling of his encounter with Douglas, which is maybe not so flattering. I didn't miss it, did I? Need to scroll back.

I hope it's not repeated.. This thread is a tribute to him and out of respect to his passing, not necessary to tell that story AGAIN ( it's been told many times)

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One of my aunts went to school with Kirk in Amsterdam, NY. She died a few years ago. Of course

I would have preferred that Kirk went first. Now, in a small way, I feel the account has been closed.

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2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

Gersh may be referencing this appearance at the 2018 Golden Globes:

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a couple Oscars ago I believe

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she must rate among the most beautiful ever though

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Olivia De Havilland's a bit older & nice

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Did anyone mention the 7 with Lancaster?

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3 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

I'm waiting for Dargo's retelling of his encounter with Douglas, which is maybe not so flattering. I didn't miss it, did I? Need to scroll back.

No sewhite, I didn't post it earlier and I think I'll give that story a rest for now here. And besides, I forgive Kirk YEARS ago for his behavior towards me at Los Angeles International Airport that time.

(...however, I WILL say I WAS kind'a surprised at reading The Nipster's earlier comment about crying when he heard of Kirk's passing, and ONLY because I didn't think Nip had ever forgiven Kirk for ratting out Burt Lancaster's military coup in Seven Days in May?!!)  LOL  

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1 hour ago, spence said:

 

The man just died.  LET IT GO!

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1 hour ago, spence said:

 

Please. Not here. Not now. 
 

If you don’t like the man, feel free to ignore this thread. 
 

Thank you. 

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I may be one of the few here whose first viewing of Kirk was arguably the way it should be, up on the big screen, when my parents took me to see LUST FOR LIFE. Now my memories of that viewing are pretty vague as I figure I may have been about five at the time and, as a little kid, I doubt that this tale of a famous artist had quite as much action and adventure in it as I would have liked to see. I do recall seeing Kirk in the corn field trying to chase the crows away as he painted, though. That moment obviously made an impression upon me.

Of course, since then I've seen the film a few more times and now appreciate the film's on location shooting, its wonderful use of colour including the actual Van Gogh paintings and, of course, the vividness of Kirk's tortured portrayal. Kirk later stated in an interview I've seen on TCM that this was the one time in his career in which he became so immersed in his character that it was difficult to separate himself from it.

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As soon as I heard Kirk Douglas passed away, oddly, the first thing I thought of was Olivia de Havilland. I think they were the same age. Someone really needs to do something special for her while she's still with us. She's royalty.

Some of my favorite Kirk Douglas movies are Ace in the Hole, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The War Wagon. God bless him. I guess the classic Hollywood that we know and love is just about gone now. Except in this forum, of course.

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Goodbye Kirk, may you rest in peace.

What a wonderful actor who gave it his all-always elevating a role with his presence. His books were also very enjoyable, I've read them all.

Several years ago I visited his boyhood home in Amsterdam. It's right next to the tracks, the "bad" side of town. Amazing what hard work and talent can do for a person. 

Thanks for making our lives better, Kirk!

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9 hours ago, TomJH said:

I think we should skip this question - particularly today.

I’m sorry Tom! I love Kirk Douglas as an actor! I would never actually have brought any of that up. I’m just kind of in an emotional bind due to the combination of his death and the mixture of comments on Twitter. It’s hard to make heads or tails of anything. I think he was an amazing talent, especially in Champion on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and especially in Spartacus. His work in that film should have won him the Oscar! Again, I got caught up in trying to make sense of everything that was being said, and I posted something I now regret posting.

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I think I Walk Alone is the only film of his I've seen, but nevertheless...rest in peace, Kirk.

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34 minutes ago, JamesStewartFan95 said:

I’m sorry Tom! I love Kirk Douglas as an actor! I would never actually have brought any of that up. I’m just kind of in an emotional bind due to the combination of his death and the mixture of comments on Twitter. It’s hard to make heads or tails of anything. I think he was an amazing talent, especially in Champion on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and especially in Spartacus. His work in that film should have won him the Oscar! Again, I got caught up in trying to make sense of everything that was being said, and I posted something I now regret posting.

I understand. But you can still delete that comment, if you're of a mind to.

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3 minutes ago, TomJH said:

I understand. But you can still delete that comment, if you're of a mind to.

I will.

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Kirk Douglas's stunning political courage

In a 2015 statement about the film "Trumbo," Douglas recounted that time to Deadline:
"The choices were hard. The consequences were painful and very real. During the blacklist, I had friends who went into exile when no one would hire them; actors who committed suicide in despair ... I was threatened that using a Blacklisted writer for Spartacus -- my friend Dalton Trumbo -- would mark me as a 'Commie-lover' and end my career.
"There are times when one has to stand up for principle. I am so proud of my fellow actors who use their public influence to speak out against injustice. At 98 years old, I have learned one lesson from history: It very often repeats itself. I hope that Trumbo, a fine film, will remind all of us that the Blacklist was a terrible time in our country, but that we must learn from it so that it will never happen again."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/06/opinions/kirk-douglas-profile-in-courage-seymour/index.html

 

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The first time I ever watched a Kirk Douglas movie it was on the old AMC, probably around 1989 or 1990. 

And it happened to be his first film, which I still think is my favorite performance of his...

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...in THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946).

Every now and then I will find an obscure Kirk Douglas flick I had never seen before. Not long ago I watched THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD (1971), an adventure film based on a Jules Verne tale costarring Yul Brynner. And I rather enjoyed his performance in this one too.

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No one has talked much about my favorite Detective Story.

It is one of my top ten films and I believe the definitive Kirk Douglas performance. He was always the best at portraying rage and intensity on screen. He plays a tough cop with a hatred for all criminals. His only soft spot is for his wife (Eleanor Parker) who he considers a good, pure angel. He has sweet tender scenes with her at the beginning and when he finds out she has moral stain on her past, he explodes in a shocking way. My guts feel like they are put through a meat grinder after the film is over. And the only actor who could have pulled this off was Kirk Douglas.

I saw him in person only one time, it was in 2007 so it was after his stroke. He was giving a talk at the 92nd Street Y in New York. They also showed film clips. The was one scene from Ace In The Hole where he slaps Jan Sterling. He remarked "I was a pretty tough guy back then!" He then spoke about seeing Jan Sterling years later, when she was in a nursing home and had suffered a series of strokes . He said he helped feed her a bowl of cereal. A great contrast of the screen image and the real life man.

R.I.P.

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I love, love, love the scene in Letter to Three Wives when Kirk explains the difference between "feel bad" and "feel badly" to Florence Bates.

 I still call on it as my reference point when I'm unsure.

 

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Actor (95 credits)
(each of these titles is a link to its corresponding imdb page)
 
 2008 Empire State Building Murders (TV Movie)
Jim Kovalski
 2004 Illusion
Donald Baines
 2003 It Runs in the Family
Mitchell Gromberg
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Ross Burger
- Bar Mitzvah (2000) ... Ross Burger
 1999 Diamonds
Harry Agensky
 1996 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Chester J. Lampwick
- The Day the Violence Died (1996) ... Chester J. Lampwick (voice)
 1995 Don Henley: The Garden of Allah (Video short)
The Devil
 1994 Take Me Home Again (TV Movie)
Ed Reece
 1994 Greedy
Uncle Joe
 1992 The Secret (TV Movie)
Grandpa Mike Dunmore
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
General Kalthrob
- Yellow (1991) ... General Kalthrob
 1991 Welcome to Veraz
Quentin
 1991 Oscar
Eduardo Provolone
 1988 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Matthew Harrison Brady
 1987 Queenie (TV Mini-Series)
David Konig
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... David Konig
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... David Konig (credit only)
 1986 Tough Guys
Archie Long
 1985 Amos (TV Movie)
Amos Lasher
 1984 Draw! (TV Movie)
Harry H. Holland aka Handsome Harry Holland
 1983 Eddie Macon's Run
Carl 'Buster' Marzack
 1982 Remembrance of Love (TV Movie)
Joe Rabin
 1982 The Man from Snowy River
Harrison / Spur
 1980 The Final Countdown
Capt. Matthew Yelland
 1980 Saturn 3
Adam
 1979 Home Movies
Dr. Tuttle 'The Maestro'
 1979 The Villain
Cactus Jack
 1978 The Fury
Peter
 1977 The Chosen
Robert Caine
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Alex Vandervoort
- Part IV (1976) ... Alex Vandervoort
- Part III (1976) ... Alex Vandervoort
- Part II (1976) ... Alex Vandervoort
- Part I (1976) ... Alex Vandervoort
 1976 Victory at Entebbe (TV Movie)
Hershel Vilnofsky
 1975 Once Is Not Enough
Mike Wayne
 1975 Posse
Howard Nightingale
 1974 Mousey (TV Movie)
George Anderson
 1973 Scalawag
Peg
 1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
 1972 The Master Touch
Steve Wallace
 1972 The Special London Bridge Special (TV Movie)
The Indian Fighter
 1971 Catch Me a Spy
Andrej
 1971 A Gunfight
Will Tenneray
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Paris Pitman, Jr.
 1969 The Arrangement
Eddie Anderson
 1968 The Brotherhood
Frank Ginetta
 1968 The Legend of Silent Night (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #2.5 (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Episode #2.4 (1968) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Jim Schuyler
 1967 The War Wagon
Lomax
 1967 The Way West
Senator William J. Tadlock
 1966 Is Paris Burning?
Gen. George S. Patton Jr.
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
 1966 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Kirk Douglas
- Lucy Goes to a Hollywood Premiere (1966) ... Kirk Douglas
 1965 In Harm's Way
Eddington
 1964 Seven Days in May
Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
 1963 For Love or Money
Deke Gentry
 1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / ...
 1963 The Hook
Sgt. P.J. Briscoe
 1962 Two Weeks in Another Town
Jack Andrus
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
John W. "Jack" Burns
 1961 The Last Sunset
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley
 1961 Town Without Pity
Maj. Steve Garrett
 1960 Spartacus
Spartacus
 1960 Strangers When We Meet
Larry Coe
 1959 Operation Petticoat
Welding Seaman (uncredited)
 1959 The Devil's Disciple
Richard Dudgeon
 1959 Last Train from Gun Hill
Marshal Matt Morgan
 1958 The Vikings
Einar
 1957 Paths of Glory
Col. Dax
 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Doc Holliday
 1957 Top Secret Affair
Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
 1956 Lust for Life
Vincent Van Gogh
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Johnny Hawks
 1955 Man Without a Star
Dempsey Rae
 1955 The Racers
Gino Borgesa
 1954 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Kirk
- The Jam Session Show (1954) ... Kirk
 1954 Ulysses
Ulysses
 1953 Act of Love
Robert Teller
 1953 The Juggler
Hans Muller
 1953 The Story of Three Loves
Pierre Narval (segment "Equilibrium")
 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
Jonathan
 1952 The Big Sky
Jim Deakins
 1952 The Big Trees
Jim Fallon
 1951 Detective Story
Det. James McLeod
 1951 Ace in the Hole
Chuck Tatum
 1951 Along the Great Divide
Marshal Len Merrick
 1950 The Glass Menagerie
Jim O'Connor
 1950 Young Man with a Horn
Rick Martin
 1949 Champion
Midge
 1949 A Letter to Three Wives
George Phipps
 1948 My Dear Secretary
Owen Waterbury
 1948 The Walls of Jericho
Tucker Wedge
 1947 I Walk Alone
Noll 'Dink' Turner
 1947 Out of the Past
Whit
 1947 Mourning Becomes Electra
Peter Niles
 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Walter O'Neil

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2 hours ago, JamesStewartFan95 said:

I’m sorry Tom! I love Kirk Douglas as an actor! I would never actually have brought any of that up. I’m just kind of in an emotional bind due to the combination of his death and the mixture of comments on Twitter. It’s hard to make heads or tails of anything. I think he was an amazing talent, especially in Champion on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and especially in Spartacus. His work in that film should have won him the Oscar! Again, I got caught up in trying to make sense of everything that was being said, and I posted something I now regret posting.

As a rule of thumb, not just in re: to a famous person, but in life as a whole, it's good to ignore most things written on Twitter.

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