Ten fun facts about Kirk Douglas
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In 1956, Kirk Douglas played the role of Vincent Van Gogh in the movie “Lust for Life”.
He acted in “It runs in the family” which featured his son Michael Douglas and grandson Cameron.
He always regretted not being able to find financing for the movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. When the movie was eventually made by Milos Forman in 1975, Jack Nicholson played the McMurphy the part Kirk had wanted to play.
In the 1998 greatest movie star poll carried out by the American Film Institute, Kirk Douglas held 7th rank.Fact 5
He survived a helicopter cash n 1991 but two of his co-passengers died.Fact 6
He is now over 95 years old but has love for life. He has been blogging on MySpace for years now and is considered to be its oldest celebrity blogger.Fact 7
In his entire movie career, Kirk Douglas directed only two movies, Scalawag in 1973 and Posse in 1975.Fact 8
He was one of the people instrumental in breaking the so-called Hollywood Blacklist where screenplay writers were not given the credit they deserved. He ensured that the name of Dalton Trumbo the writer of “Spartacus” (in which he acted) featured in the opening as well as the ending credits.Fact 9
He acted in 7 movies with old time friend, Burt Lancaster. With “I Walk Alone” in 1948 to “Tough Guys” in 1986.Fact 10
Kirk Douglas was very keen on playing the role of Ben-Hur but Charles Heston beat him to it. However there were other notable roes that he passed-up on, including First blood, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Go to more people facts ❯
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