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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:19 PM
103 years old today & what an accomplishment
Like most everything I’ve ever seen him in - his role as Doc Holiday - have never seen Tough Guys, the 1980s film he did w/Burt Lancaster (who was Wyatt Earp)
The Big Trees is a longtime favorite, the filming of that collapsing train trestle, Yow
But 103 years old, amazing

[Edited on 2/6/2020 by Stephen]

 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 03:29 PM
Wow - good going. My favorite Kirk Douglas film was "Lonely Are the Brave" from Edward Abbey's book "The Brave Cowboy".
 

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  posted on 12/9/2019 at 05:04 PM
I didn't realize he was still alive....Happy Birthday Mr. Douglas! A little tidbit of info. for fans is that Kirk Douglas is a proud graduate of a small liberal arts college here in upstate, NY named St. Lawrence University located in Canton, NY.

It's a very expensive college to attend, even many years ago when Kirk attended. He earned a wrestling scholarship of all things in order to pay his way. There used to be a very large photo of him in one of the lecture halls on campus which I noticed a few times when I visited friends who also are proud alums of this fine university.

May you live for many more years, dear Spartacus....

Another prominent actor who also graduated from St. Lawrence is one Vitto Mortensen....

[Edited on 12/9/2019 by Chain]

 

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  posted on 12/14/2019 at 12:27 AM
Must add, RIP, Danny Aiello - don’t know enough of his movies, but Do The Right Thing is an All Time fave - & it took a spell of time before realizing why he looked vaguely familiar as he was also in Bang The Drum Slowly

“You want brothers on the wall, get your own pizzeria, Italian-Americans only” on Sal’s Famous’ Wall of Fame - RIP

 

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  posted on 2/6/2020 at 09:49 AM
Rest In Peace, Kirk Douglas

 

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  posted on 2/6/2020 at 06:53 PM
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Rest In Peace, Kirk Douglas


Indeed. Well deserved after such a life so well lived.....

 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 03:32 PM
He was one of the good guys.

The following is an essay Mr. Douglas published in 2016, in which he compares Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler.

The Road Ahead

by Kirk Douglas

I have always been deeply proud to be an American. In the time I have left, I pray that will never change.

I am in my 100th year. When I was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Woodrow Wilson was our president.

My parents, who could not speak or write English, were emigrants from Russia. They were part of a wave of more than two million Jews that fled the Czar’s murderous pogroms at the beginning of the 20th Century. They sought a better life for their family in a magical country where, they believed, the streets were literally paved with gold.

What they did not realize until after they arrived was that those beautiful words carved into the Statute of Liberty in New York Harbor: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” did not apply equally to all new Americans. Russians, Poles, Italians, Irish and, particularly Catholics and Jews, felt the stigma of being treated as aliens, as foreigners who would never become “real Americans.”

They say there is nothing new under the sun. Since I was born, our planet has traveled around it one hundred times. With each orbit, I’ve watched our country and our world evolve in ways that would have been unimaginable to my parents – and continue to amaze me with each passing year.

In my lifetime, American women won the right to vote, and one is finally the candidate of a major political party. An Irish-American Catholic became president. Perhaps, most incredibly, an African-American is our president today.

The longer I’ve lived, the less I’ve been surprised by the inevitability of change, and how I’ve rejoiced that so many of the changes I’ve seen have been good.

Yet, I’ve also lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness.

I was 16 when that man came to power in 1933. For almost a decade before his rise he was laughed at - not taken seriously. He was seen as a buffoon who couldn’t possibly deceive an educated, civilized population with his nationalistic, hateful rhetoric.

The “experts” dismissed him as a joke. They were wrong.

A few weeks ago we heard words spoken in Arizona that my wife, Anne, who grew up in Germany, said chilled her to the bone. They could also have been spoken in 1933:

[Trump]:"We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here…[including] new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values . . ."

These are not the American values that we fought in World War II to protect.

Until now, I believed I had finally seen everything under the sun. But this was the kind of fear-mongering I have never before witnessed from a major U.S. presidential candidate in my lifetime.

I have lived a long, good life. I will not be here to see the consequences if this evil takes root in our country. But your children and mine will be. And their children. And their children’s children.

All of us still yearn to remain free. It is what we stand for as a country. I have always been deeply proud to be an American. In the time I have left, I pray that will never change. In our democracy, the decision to remain free is ours to make.

My 100th birthday is exactly one month and one day after the next presidential election. I’d like to celebrate it by blowing out the candles on my cake, then whistling “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

As my beloved friend Lauren Bacall once said, “You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow.”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_57e03be4e4b08cb1409749f2

[Edited on 2/7/2020 by BrerRabbit]

 

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  posted on 2/7/2020 at 06:54 PM
quote:
He was one of the good guys.

The following is an essay Mr. Douglas published in 2016, in which he compares Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler.

The Road Ahead

by Kirk Douglas

I have always been deeply proud to be an American. In the time I have left, I pray that will never change.

I am in my 100th year. When I was born in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Woodrow Wilson was our president.

My parents, who could not speak or write English, were emigrants from Russia. They were part of a wave of more than two million Jews that fled the Czar’s murderous pogroms at the beginning of the 20th Century. They sought a better life for their family in a magical country where, they believed, the streets were literally paved with gold.

What they did not realize until after they arrived was that those beautiful words carved into the Statute of Liberty in New York Harbor: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” did not apply equally to all new Americans. Russians, Poles, Italians, Irish and, particularly Catholics and Jews, felt the stigma of being treated as aliens, as foreigners who would never become “real Americans.”

They say there is nothing new under the sun. Since I was born, our planet has traveled around it one hundred times. With each orbit, I’ve watched our country and our world evolve in ways that would have been unimaginable to my parents – and continue to amaze me with each passing year.

In my lifetime, American women won the right to vote, and one is finally the candidate of a major political party. An Irish-American Catholic became president. Perhaps, most incredibly, an African-American is our president today.

The longer I’ve lived, the less I’ve been surprised by the inevitability of change, and how I’ve rejoiced that so many of the changes I’ve seen have been good.

Yet, I’ve also lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness.

I was 16 when that man came to power in 1933. For almost a decade before his rise he was laughed at - not taken seriously. He was seen as a buffoon who couldn’t possibly deceive an educated, civilized population with his nationalistic, hateful rhetoric.

The “experts” dismissed him as a joke. They were wrong.

A few weeks ago we heard words spoken in Arizona that my wife, Anne, who grew up in Germany, said chilled her to the bone. They could also have been spoken in 1933:

[Trump]:"We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here…[including] new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values . . ."

These are not the American values that we fought in World War II to protect.

Until now, I believed I had finally seen everything under the sun. But this was the kind of fear-mongering I have never before witnessed from a major U.S. presidential candidate in my lifetime.

I have lived a long, good life. I will not be here to see the consequences if this evil takes root in our country. But your children and mine will be. And their children. And their children’s children.

All of us still yearn to remain free. It is what we stand for as a country. I have always been deeply proud to be an American. In the time I have left, I pray that will never change. In our democracy, the decision to remain free is ours to make.

My 100th birthday is exactly one month and one day after the next presidential election. I’d like to celebrate it by blowing out the candles on my cake, then whistling “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

As my beloved friend Lauren Bacall once said, “You know how to whistle don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow.”

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_57e03be4e4b08cb1409749f2

[Edited on 2/7/2020 by BrerRabbit]


What a mind, even at 100. Brilliant essay.....It really brings into perspective just how profound and dangerous a moment this nation is in.


 
 


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