There is nothing like a movie made during the Golden Age of Hollywood. There is just something about the movies that were made back then that feel different than the movies made today.
We lost one of the last icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood today. Kirk Douglasdied at the age of 103.
Born to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Douglas grew up poor and did what he had to do to get by.
He was known for playing tough guys. That tough guy persona was not just for the screen. Off screen, while the Hollywood blacklist was destroying lives and careers, Douglas put his name and and his career on the line. He hired blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo to write the screenplay for Oscar nominated film Spartacus.
Though he was raised Jewish, he stepped away from his faith as an adult. In the early 90’s, after he survived a helicopter crash, he returned to the faith.
He is survived by his second wife, his surviving sons and their families.
In Judaism, when we bless someone, one of the blessings is the following:
“May you live to 120.”
He lived to see 103, which is not something to sneeze at. In the words of our mutual ancestors, may his memory be a blessing. Z”l.
It is a blessing in Judaism that all of us should live to see old age.
Kirk Douglas will reach an age on Friday that few of us will ever see. He will be 100.
He was given the name of Issur Danielovitch at birth. The son of poor Jewish immigrants, he fought for his country in World War II. After the war, the changed his name to Kirk Douglas and become one of the icons of the golden age of Hollywood.
Known as a man’s man, Kirk Douglas is remembered for playing masculine characters who the epitome of strength and courage.
His most famous role is the Roman sword and sandal epic Spartacus.
Though he moved away from Judaism decades ago, Kirk Douglas re-embraced his faith and was re-barmitzvahed in 1999 at the age of 83.
For any number reasons, some people are destined to die young. Kirk Douglas is not one of those people. We should all be so lucky to see our 100th birthday.
Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas. May you actually live to see your 120th birthday.