Kirk Douglas might be one of the world’s most iconic actors. He’s been known to say, ‘I’m too old to change. Like Popeye, “I yam what I yam.” Love me or hate me, just don’t be indifferent.’ At 102 years young, the legendary actor can be forgiven for being a little stubborn about who he is. (1)
Happy Birthday, Kirk
Douglas, considered one of the last surviving stars of the film industry’s Golden Age, recently celebrated his birthday with his family, including his wife, Anne, 99. They both sat in matching wheelchairs as their caretakers ensured everything was in order for the celebration.
Kirk has been married to second wife Anne Buydens since 1954. Together they had two sons – Peter, 63, and Eric, who died tragically of an accidental drug overdose in 2004 at the age of 46. This led them on an awareness-raising path culminating in an honor bestowed by Columbia University’s Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s Inspiration Award. (2) (3)
Kirk Douglas Still Has It
Douglas suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996, impairing his ability to speak. This forced him to suspend his acting career but it hasn’t stopped him from living life to its fullest. His son, actor Michael Douglas, revealed on British television that his father hadn’t let up. ‘He still has a trainer. He works out with a trainer at 101.’ he told British TV host Lorraine Kelly last year. (4)
His son from his first marriage, actor Michael Douglas, and daughter-in-law actress Catherine Zeta-Jones were among the family members celebrating this huge birthday with Kirk.
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They took to social media to wish Kirk Douglas a very happy birthday. On Instagram, Zeta-Jones posted a moving video of him dancing with her son, while her daughter played piano and sung in the background.
‘Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk,’ she gushed beneath the video.
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Meanwhile, his granddaughter Carys posted a throwback photo of Kirk in his younger days, captioned ‘102 years young✨ to my inspiration, my pappy. i can’t put into words how much you mean to me. happy birthday, i love you.’
Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne have been married for 64 years. When speaking about his relationship with his lovely wife, he said ‘you see, when a person becomes disabled, often their family starts thinking, “Oh dear, don’t move, let me get that for you”. Once I told my wife that I thought I wanted breakfast in bed the next morning, she said the old joke, “If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.”’ It just goes to show, that no matter how famous you are, you can still be told what’s what by your wife! (1)
Kirk Douglas Is Older Than…
The first successful blood transfusion was carried out by the British Royal Army Medical Corps in the same year Kirk Douglas was born. It used blood that had been stored and cooled to treat a victim of shrapnel wounds in WW1. (5)
Kirk Douglas was also born the same year as the birth of the now worldwide car manufacturer BMW. (6)
Bread, as we know it today, has only been sold in its sliced form since 1928, a whopping 12 years after Kirk Douglas was born. There’s the old saying ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ and Kirk Douglas could lay claim to being the ‘best thing BEFORE sliced bread’! (7)
A lot of us are still upset about Pluto’s downgrade from being a planet, but Kirk Douglas was a teenager when Pluto was originally discovered. He’s lived long enough for a planet to be discovered, have entire generations learn about it, and then be demoted to dwarf planet. (8)
Shopping carts weren’t a thing until 1937, the year Kirk Douglas was of legal drinking age. Before that, customers had to lug around heavy baskets with items intended for purchase. They initially weren’t a hit. Men thought they were too feminine and women thought they were too close to being a baby stroller. We’re pretty happy they eventually caught on. (9)
Before the discovery of penicillin in 1928, when Kirk Douglas was 14 years old, there was no effective treatment for infections such as pneumonia, gonorrhea, or rheumatic fever. Hospitals were full of people with blood poisoning contracted from a cut or a scratch, and doctors couldn’t really do much to help them. Alexander Fleming’s discovery was nothing short of a miracle for modern medicine. (10)