Kirk Douglas

American stage and film actor (1916-2020)

Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916February 5, 2020) was an American film and stage actor, film producer and author.

There are times when one has to stand up for principle. I am so proud of my fellow actors who use their public influence to speak out against injustice.


Interview by Roger Ebert (1969)Edit

"Interview with Kirk Douglas" by Roger Ebert (1 June 1969)]
  • The foreign directors are always fumbling about in obscurity, and the critics are always writing about the juxtaposition of black and white and the existential dilemma and all that shit, to disguise the fact that they don't understand the first damn thing about it either.
  • I know Italians and I like them. A lot of my father's best friends were Italians. I responded to that in making the picture. I put a lot of warmth into that character. Those immigrants were tough, more intensive than people are these days.
    • Of his film "The Brotherhood".
  • I love champions. A champion has something special about him.
  • Too often, I have not been what I wanted to be I've succumbed to pressures. Yes, I have. The things I've done that I liked, I've always done against advice. The bad films everybody was high on. The good films, they advised me against.
  • Don't crucify me because of what your idea of a movie star is. I didn't start out to be a movie star. I started out to be an actor. You people out in the East have no idea what goes on out here. No awareness or knowledge whatsoever. You lose track of the human being behind the image of the movie star.

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