Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielvitch on December 9, 1916. He made a good choice changing his name to Kirk Douglas. I can not imagine going to see Spartacus starring Issur Danielvitch. Today, December 9, 2016 is his 100th birthday. He has lived a charmed life looking from the outside in. It probably is different than what we can imagine but I am sure his life was exciting. He was the star and he lived the life of a star. Now he is the last of the “great ones.” All of his contemporaries are gone and he is the last.
Kirk Douglas acted for over 60 years. We remember him well in Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Lonely Are the Brave, Lust for Life, The Bad and The Beautiful, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Saturn 3, to name just a few. According to all of his co-actors, he was an amazing actor as well as a great person and friend. Throughout the years, Kirk Douglas and his wife have donated large sums of money to worthwhile causes. Their plan is to donate the rest of their net worth of approximately is 80 million dollars at their death.
The key to a long life is to choose parents who have lived a long life. Kirk Douglas chose his parents well. It is only good when the means are available to you to be well taken care. I hope we are all that lucky.