December 9th 2010 Kirk Douglas quote on love…

Today is Dec 9th 2010.
Born on this day Dec 9th 1916 was one Kirk Douglas. He is number 17 on the American Films Institute list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time. He was born in Amsterdam, New York as Issur Herschelovich Danielovitch to Bryna “Bertha” and and Herschel “Harry” Demsky a businessman, Douglas’s parents, originally surnamed Danielovitch, were Jewish immigrants from Gomel, Belarus.

Douglas came from a poor family and as a consequence he sold snacks to mill workers in order to get milk and bread. He claimed that he must have worked more than 40 jobs before he became an actor. He also said that living with a family of six sisters was very stifling. That experience put a fire under him to get out. During high school, he acted in school plays, and discovered “The one thing in my life that I always knew, that was always constant, was that I wanted to be an actor.

He talked his way into Saint Lawrence University and received a loan for which he paid back doing jobs that ranged from a part time job as a janitor and also a gardener.

His talents were noticed at the American Academy of Dramtic Arts for which he recieved a special scholarship. One of his classmates was a woman whose name was Betty Joan Perske (who later became the better known Lauren Bacall). She would later play a huge role in launching Kirk’s acting career. While doing summer stock theater during a college term break, he began using the name Kirk Douglas, which he later would legally adopt.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941 and was medically discharged because of war injuries in 1944.

Now after the war, Douglas returned to New York City. He found work in radio theater and commercials. His big break on the stage occurred in Kiss and Tell, which gave him more roles. Douglas was planning to remain a stage actor but Lauren Bacall helped him get his first screen role in the Hal B. Wallis film The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), starring Barbara Stanwyck. Wallis was on his way to New York to look for new talent when Bacall suggested he visit Douglas, who was rehearsing a play called The Wind Is Ninety. Douglas finished the play’s run and with no follow-up work in sight, headed to Hollywood. He was immediately cast in one of the leading roles in Wallis’ film, and made his film acting debut as a weak man dominated by a ruthless woman, unlike his later roles where he often played dominating characters.

Here is a list of the movies that Mr. Douglas has made.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
I Walk Alone (1948)
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
My Dear Secretary (1949)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Champion (1949)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Along the Great Divide (1951)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Detective Story (1951)
The Big Trees (1952)
The Big Sky (1952)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
The Juggler (1953)
Act of Love (1953)
The Jack Benny Program (television, 1954)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
The Racers (1955)
Ulisse (U.S. title: Ulysses, 1955)
Man Without a Star (1955)
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Lust for Life (1956)
Top Secret Affair (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Vikings (1958)
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
The Devil’s Disciple (1959)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Spartacus (1960)
Town Without Pity (1961)
The Last Sunset (1961)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
The Hook (1963)
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
For Love or Money (1963)
Seven Days in May (1964)
In Harm’s Way (1965)
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
The Way West (1967)
The War Wagon (1967)
Once Upon a Wheel (documentary, 1968)
A Lovely Way to Die (1968)
The Brotherhood (1968)
The Arrangement (1969)
There Was a Crooked Man… (1970)
To Catch a Spy (1971)
The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)
A Gunfight (1971)
A Man to Respect (1972)
The Master Touch (1972)
Scalawag (1973)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973)
Posse (1975) Also director
Once Is Not Enough (1975)
Holocaust 2000 (1977)
The Fury (1978)
The Villain (1979)
Saturn 3 (1980)
Home Movies (1980)
The Final Countdown (1980)
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Remembrance of Love (1982)
Eddie Macon’s Run (1983)
Draw! (1984)
Amos (1985)
Tough Guys (1986)
Queenie (television, 1987)
Inherit the Wind (1988)
Oscar (1991)
Veraz (1991)
The Secret (television, 1992)
A Century of Cinema (documentary, 1994)
Greedy (1994)
Diamonds (1999)
It Runs in the Family (2003)
Illusion (2004)
Meurtres à l’Empire State Building (U.S. title: Empire State Building Murders, 2008)
Before I Forget (documentary) (2010)
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Love has more depth as you get older.

Kirk Douglas – American Actor


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