The living legend, Kirk Douglas turned a 100 years old on December 9. During a 64-year acting career, he has appeared in more than 90 movies, he has received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Speaking at a Motion Picture and Television Fund event in California, Kirk’s son, Michael Douglas, paid him a beautiful tribute followed by a musical surprise from Kevin Spacey. It is a delight hearing Kirk Douglas’ response. Please, enjoy and SHARE.
Coming from a poor family, Kirk Douglas sold snacks to mill workers to earn enough to buy milk and bread. He claims to have worked at more than forty jobs before becoming an actor. Unable to afford tuition at St. Lawrence University, Douglas talked his way into the school and received a loan. He paid it back by working part-time as a gardener and a janitor. He also wrestled one summer in a carnival to make money.
Kirk Douglas became an international star after his leading role as a boxing hero in Champion (1949), which brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He has also written ten novels and memoirs. Currently, Kirk is No. 17 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema. Douglas has been honored by governments and organizations of various countries, including France, Italy, Portugal, Israel, and Germany. His name was inducted to the Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960. In 1981, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter. In 1984, Douglas was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 1999, he received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002, Douglas received the National Medal of Arts award from President Bush. He also has 2 Golden Globes Awards, 1 BAFTA Award, and countless Lifetime Achievement Awards.