FILE PHOTO: Actor Kirk Douglas arrives to receive an inaugural award for Excellence in film presented by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at a black-tie gala fundraiser in his honor at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California, July 30, 2006. REUTERS/Phil Klein/File Photo - RC2NUE9939DJ

Remembering Iconic Jewish Actor, Producer, Philanthropist, and Author Kirk Douglas

Born Issur Danielovitch (Yiddish: איסר דניאלאָוויטש‎) in New York in 1916 to immigrants from Belarus, and raised in an impoverished  Yiddish-speaking home with six sisters, Kirk Douglas became one of the greatest screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema.

In fact, the legendary actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and author is ranked 17th by the American Film Institute on its list of leading male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age – and was the highest-ranked living person on the list until his death in February at the age of 103.

The Untameable Kirk Douglas,” produced on the occasion of his 100th birthday, does an admirable job encapsulating the life and career of a man who broke barriers, triumphed over adversity, created a Hollywood dynasty, defined masculinity, and, late in life – following a stroke – embraced his Jewish heritage with extraordinary pride. With three Oscar nominations, a lifetime Oscar, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and 10 novels and memoirs to his credit, Kirk Douglas exemplified integrity and brought rare ferocity to his work.

We invite audiences to watch the documentary at home and join ACE for a Zoom talkback on Sunday at 4:00 pm.  A link to view the film and the Zoom link for my talkback will be emailed once registration is complete.

Sunday, June 14 | 4:00 pm | $10 | REGISTER HERE. If you need any support registering please email Jodi@boulderjcc.org

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." kathryn.bernheimer@gmail.com

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