Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, ) is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past (1947), Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K.
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Sometimes, the thing that ties you down sets you free.
Love has more depth as you get older.
Fame is as much about luck as it is about talent, perhaps more.
God answers all prayers. Sometimes the answer is no.
Fear is a terrible thing. It makes you do awful things.
My first job was on Broadway. Then I went into the Navy. When I came out of the Navy, I went back to Broadway and a friend of mine, Lauren Bacall, was in Hollywood filming with Humphrey Bogart. She told one of her producers I was great in my play, and he saw it and cast me in 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers'.
It's tough to make a movie about movies.
.. We're all too close to it. But 'The Bad and the Beautiful' was very good.
I've played some good guys as well, in Spartacus, Paths of Glory and my favorite picture, Lonely Are the Brave, so I had a mixture of parts in my life.
With John Wayne, we argued all the time and we made four pictures.
I think the election of [Barack] Obama was a great step to prove to the world that we believe that all men were created equal. I think it will show that we have humility.
When I produced Spartacus, the writer was Dalton Trumbo, who spent a year in jail because he would not answer McCarthy's questions about other people. He submitted the picture under the false name of Sam Jackson.
When I made Spartacus during the McCarthy Era, we were losing our freedom.
It was an awful, awful way. McCarthy saw Communists everywhere, in every level of government and they concentrated on Hollywood and especially on Hollywood writers.
All children are natural actors, and I'm still a kid.
If you grow up completely, you can never be an actor.
I have been trying to create a campaign to have our country make an apology for slavery, for the way that blacks were treated before the Civil War and after the Civil War.
I have a great respect for actors like Clint Eastwood, who's a wonderful director. I think two pictures that I directed were not successful, so I decided not to make any more.
I'm concerned that the world is a mess.
That's why when I wrote my last book, Let's Face It, I dedicated it to the younger generation because, let's face it, the world is in a mess. Right now, the young people will inherit that mess. I think we have to do everything we can.
I felt [It Runs in the Family] it was a picture that, after I'm gone, my family would like to see it. It was a wonderful mixture of people in my family.
My children didn't have my advantages; I was born into abject poverty.
Streets crowded with people strolling, or sitting at outdoor cafes.
And always, talking, gesturing, singing, laughing. I liked Rome immediately.Everybody was a performer.
Being second generation in Hollywood is complicated: Success is expected, and yet the track record of the second generation is not great. Only a small group of us, like Jane Fonda, have succeeded.
Virtue is not photogenic.
I didn't start out to be a movie star. I started out to be an actor.
People are always talking about the old days.
They say that the old movies were better, that the old actors were so great. But I don't think so. All I can say about the old days is that they have passed.
You have not learned to live until you have learned to give
Life is like a B-picture script! It is that corny.
If I had my life story offered to me to film, I'd turn it down.
Listen - pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn't want me now. That's all.
Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that's what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.
You know, you have to have some inner philosophy to deal with adversity.
I was not a very good Jew. I never practised what Judaism tells you to do, to teach your kids all about Judaism.
"Hail to the Chief" was played, and the President got up and made a gracious opening remark. "I've been in this office for six years, and yet every time I hear that music, I turn around wondering who they're playing it for."
Sometimes an interviewer will look at me and say, 'You're bright!' They're actually surprised I might be bright.
The older you get, the more awards you get.
So, if you live long enough, then you get all the awards eventually.
My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia.
When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free.
The best wine comes from home, wherever it is.
I'm a loner clear down deep to my guts.
Maybe there is no peace in this world.
I don't know ... But I know as long as we live we must stay true to ourselves.
I never wanted to be in movies. In a sense, I'm still a failure because I wanted to be a star on the stage.
You'll never see Spartacus in a (expletive) chair!
I was going to play in First Blood, but I suggested to changing it and I dropped out. I said to [Silvester] Stallone, 'You know, I almost stopped you from making millions of dollars,' because in my suggestion, I killed his character at the end of the picture .