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.