He is 99 years old.
I know his birthday is not until Dec. 9. But, I wanted to try an experiment and I hope that all the Dopers here will not mind if I try this.
So many great acting and singing talents have been dying recently that I just wanted to try and pay tribute to one of the greatest while he is still alive.
I first became appreciative of his talent when I saw Spartacus (1960).
He has produced and acted in so many great films that younger people truly loved during the 1950s and 1960s. Some of my favorites are:
Detective Story (1951) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043465/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_80
The Bad & the Beautiful (1952) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044391/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_77
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046672/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_71
Lust for Life (1956) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049456/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_67
Paths of Glory (1957) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050825/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_64
Town Without Pity (1961) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055539/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_58
Seven Days in May (1964) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058576/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_51
In Harm’s Way (1965) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059309/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_50
The War Wagon (1967) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062472/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_45
Inherit the Wind (1988) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095373/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_14
I know that I’ll be very sad when he passes.
I’d like to honor the man now when it’s easier to talk about his great work and be happy about it. When he passes, it will be much more difficult to talk about him and maintain a happy mood.
I’d like to invite anyone who has some cherished memories about any of his films or plays to tell us about them here.
I was very impressed when I learned that he named his production company after his mother. His mother’s first name was Bryna and he named his company “Bryna Productions”. He produced some of his greatest films with that production company.
I also felt very proud of him when I learned that he joined the US Navy in 1941 and only returned to acting after hostilities had ceased. So, some of his roles in war movies (like In Harm’s Way) felt so realistic to me.
Does anyone have any favorite anecdotes they’d like to share about Kirk Douglas?
Has anyone here ever met him?