Kirk Douglas is the unlikely pioneer of celebrity blogging, often considered the oldest celebrity blogger in the world. He began his journey on the popular social media platform MySpace, where he shared his thoughts and opinions with fans worldwide. He continued blogging and even penned a letter for The Huffington Post about his opinion about the rise of Donald Trump.
Fans still remember his impassioned letter and appeal to the American public. Douglas proved he was beyond mere things like age, effortlessly embracing technology and social media to stay connected with his audience and share ideas with a new generation of readers.
His Complicated Relationship With Judaism
In his autobiography, “The Ragman's Son,” Kirk Douglas revealed that he had once tried to forget that he was Jewish. Only later in his life and career did he begin to explore and embrace his Jewish identity, which became his life's overarching theme. In a 2000 interview, Douglas explained that he had parted ways with Judaism as a poor kid growing up in Amsterdam, N.Y.
His rift with the faith began when the community collected money to send him to a yeshiva to become a rabbi. Douglas had other plans. He found the prospect of being a rabbi terrifying, and it took immense will and effort to break free from that expectation. Douglas eventually discovered that being Jewish encompassed much more than being a rabbi.
Cast a Giant Shadow
In 1966 Kirk played the lead role in "Cast a Giant Shadow," which was based on true events that took place during the time the state of Israel was established. Douglas was proud of his work in this movie, and the role of Colonel Mickey Marcus helped him come closer to the strong values he believed in.
Douglas said "Cast a Giant Shadow" was one of the most satisfying projects he ever participated in and that it represented many things that were important to him. Over the years, Kirk Douglas and his wife were known donors to charitable organizations both in the U.S. and in Israel.
Failing Health and Final Moments
Although Kirk Douglas had seemingly inexhaustible energy, his health gradually began failing him. In 1996, he suffered a severe stroke at age 79, which left him with impaired speech. Doctors initially believed that the damage was permanent, but he regained some of his speaking ability with regular speech therapy.
On February 5, 2020, Kirk Douglas passed away at age 103 at his home in Beverly Hills, surrounded by his loved ones. The family kept the cause of death private. His funeral was at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, where he was buried in the same plot as his son, Eric. On April 29, 2021, Douglas' wife Anne died at age 102 and now rests close to her husband and their son.
Michael Douglas Is Born
Michael Douglas, one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as the first child of legendary Hollywood icons Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. Kirk and Diana met while studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Michael has a younger brother named Joel Douglas and two half-brothers from his father's marriage to Anne Buydens namely, Peter and Eric Douglas.
In 1969, Douglas had his first breakthrough on television with a CBS Playhouse special called "The Experiment," where he was billed as "M.K. Douglas." This was the only time he used this billing name in his career.