Actor Kirk Douglas, right, talks with his son actor Michael Douglas prior to the unveiling of Michael Douglas' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, on Nov 6, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File
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Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dead at 103

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By Bill Trott

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Been expecting this for a good few years but am genuinely gutted.

A great old school actor and fascinating person. We shall not see the likes of him again.

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Amazing life and a great innings. Star of the real silver screen.

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Douglas' "Paths of Glory," in which he starred and produced (Stanley Kubrick was director) was unquestionably the greatest anti-war film ever made. It can be viewed on YouTube. Even if you don't watch the entire film, the final scene is worth watching. It also shows how superficial Hollywood films, with their obligatory explosions and car chase scenes, have become.

Thank you, Mr. Danielovitch. RIP

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allot of nepotism in Hollywood with son or daughter getting leading roles but I must say his son never disappoints in any of his films like black rain.

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One of the last Real Hollywood legends. RIP, Mr D.

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Another legend gone for good!

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RIP. Another Hollywood legend.

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His portrayal of Ned Land was an amazing 'Whale of a Tale!'

My childhood imagination thanks you dearly Mr. Douglas. RIP.

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A "healthy age".

He will not be forgotten!

So many great movies that I remember from years ago.

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As more of these legends that I grew up watching pass away, the farther away the Golden Age of Hollywood seems to get.

Also our own deaths seem to be getting more imminent.

RIP, Mr. Dimple Chin.

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RIP sir. you will be sorely missed by many.

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I'm Spartacus!

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Wonderful man and a legendary actor! Loved him in Seven Days in May.

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RIP. A very long and successful run, but alas, the curtain comes down for us all. One of the greats.

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Douglas' "Paths of Glory," in which he starred and produced (Stanley Kubrick was director) was unquestionably the greatest anti-war film ever made.

Echo that. (along with Renoir's Grand Illusion). RIP Mr. Douglas

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I have one computer that my wife gave me. All I know how to do, and I do it every day, is play Spider Solitaire. And I don't have a cell phone.

Kirk Douglas
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Even if you don't watch the entire film, the final scene is worth watching. It also shows how superficial Hollywood films, with their obligatory explosions and car chase scenes, have become.

Definitely!

Never heard anyone mention the final scene before. What’s your take on what’s going on?

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I'm Spartacus!

No! I am Spartacus!

But no-one was like Kirk Douglas, a unique actor and a real Star. A tough guy, sure, but also a sensitive actor who embodied all that was best about the Old Hollywood in the same way as his good buddy Burt Lancaster, another "tough guy" actor capable of great sensitivity and depth.

A great innings, and a permanent entry in the acting Hall of Fame.
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I'll never forget watching Spartacus for the first time as a kid on TV. An amazing movie that inspired me.

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Kirk's life was the epitome of the American dream. He was a flawed young man, but became a real mensch as he aged earning much respect for his striving to do the right thing by others. His most memorable roles have become the stuff of movie legends.

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RIP...

Too bad, we don't have Spartacus in real life in US. We desperately need one...

Seems Kirk has some Japanese long life DNA...

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What’s your take on what’s going on?

A captured German woman is humiliated, forced to sing a song ("The Faithful Hussar') in front of a platoon of tipsy French troops who make shrill, lewd remarks and whistle at her. But they know the tune and begin humming along. Realizing they will soon return to the trenches and almost certain death, they are reminded how much they miss their own families and begin weeping. It's extremely touching. Ironically most of the extras in the film who played French soldiers were actually Germans, because Douglas couldn't get permission to shoot in France, and the film was banned there for decades. Oh, and director Kubrick married the actress who sang the song.

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One of the true real legends of Hollywood, one of the last fo a generation that defined what real men and real acting was. My dad was a huge fan of Douglas and Spartacus, must’ve seen it 200 times, never got tired of that movie, he was versatile and just classy, something that Hollywood lacks, what a shame, but he did live a very, very long life and I don’t think it’s something to be sad about, if I could get as old, but he will be remembered and missed and thank you, Mr. Douglas for all the wonderful memories.

Rest In Peace.

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Class act. Cracking innings. Left great performances for people to watch.

Wish I was Spartacus.

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Too bad, we don't have Spartacus in real life in US. We desperately need one...

Oh I don't know. Slaves in ancient Rome had nothing to lose. The average American seems happy enough, as long as they have distractions like the Super Bowl (especially the halftime performances) and Marvel Comix heroes. And Twitter.

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Still a handsome man at 100+. Second all the positive comments above.

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Thats a great father / son photo with the article .

I make my own way," Douglas once told an interviewer."Nobody's my boss. Nobody's ever been my boss ... I've been a maverick."

Gotta love that.

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A great actor and a brave human.

Son of Jewish immigrants who faced discrimination but still managed to make his way to the top.

He helped end the Hollywood blacklist, something that required great courage in those paranoid days.

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We will all remember Mr. Douglas in "Spartacus".

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He was wonderful as Vincent van Gogh in the film Lust for Life 1956. My favourite film of his.

He showed that he could truly act along with the best.

He was also brilliant in Action Films such as The Vikings 1958.

And he was just a Nice Person too.

Rest In Peace Kirk.

You gave us and continue to give us so much enjoyment.

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@NCIS Reruns

A captured German woman is humiliated, forced to sing a song ("The Faithful Hussar') in front of a platoon of tipsy French troops who make shrill, lewd remarks and whistle at her. But they know the tune and begin humming along. Realizing they will soon return to the trenches and almost certain death, they are reminded how much they miss their own families and begin weeping. It's extremely touching. Ironically most of the extras in the film who played French soldiers were actually Germans, because Douglas couldn't get permission to shoot in France, and the film was banned there for decades. Oh, and director Kubrick married the actress who sang the song.

Was this your “take”? It looks copy/paste.

I never researched it and always assumed it was a children’s lullaby that transcended borders and languages.

interesting history of the song which possibly dates back to 1781.

A source claims, that in the estate of Caspar Josef Carl von Mylius [de] (1749–1831) a handwritten version of the text from 1781 was found, that Mylius brought from Austria to Cologne.[1] The proof was found after his death in 1831. This version is supposedly the oldest ever. Since this version obviously has not been published, the exact wording and the correspondence with later versions can not currently be verified.

If it was a song from the heart, the War of the Bavarian Succession  3 July 1778 – 21 May 1779 could have been its inspiration.

thanks.

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I am very very very sorry, 7 decdes, thats a long time.

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