Stars Celebrate Kirk Douglas 100th Birthday
Stars are celebrating Kirk Douglas’ 100th birthday! Check out celebrity tweets about the amazing milestone below.
Douglas was born on December 9, 1916 as Issur Danielovitch to a poverty-stricken family in New York. Known in his childhood as Izzy Demsky, he changed his name to “Kirk Douglas” before joining the U.S. Navy. His time in the service temporarily put his dreams of being an actor on hold. But the future star went on to become one of the most iconic big-screen faces of all time.
Now many in Hollywood are using Douglas’ birthday to pay tribute. Daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is wed to Michael Douglas, posted the below video on Instagram, with the caption, “Happy Birthday Kirk!” The clip features both personal and professional photos, in addition to sweet footage of Douglas amusingly dancing with his grandson.
Josh Gad also posted old footage showing a smashing of a birthday cake, and tweeted, “Happy century mark #kirkdouglas! This clip below would have aired for the first time when you were in your late 20’s. Insane.” Marlee Matlin shared an old photo of herself with Douglas, noting, “I had the pleasure of sitting next to Kirk Douglas at @ParamountPics 100th anniversary. So lovely! Happy 100th Birthday dear @kirklloyd.” And Alec Baldwin wrote, “Happy Birthday to the greatest movie star/actor of them all, the incomparable KIRK DOUGLAS!!!”
“Happy Birthday to Kirk Douglas who is 100 yrs old today,” said Billy Crystal, adding, “You will always be Spartacus!” Gene Simmons similarly exclaimed, “SPARTACUS LIVES!!! Happy 100th BDay to a real Legend!” Illeana Douglas (no relation) posted, “‘I make my own way. Nobody is my boss. Nobody’s EVER been my boss.’ Happy 100th! to Kirk Douglas!
Larry King also tweeted, “Happy 100th Birthday to legendary actor Kirk Douglas! I’ve been lucky to call him a pal for many years & have been a fan for even longer.” And on the Twitter feed for the Navy, a message said, “Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas, a #USNavy Midshipmen turned Hollywood legend!” Check out the celebratory video from Zeta-Jones below!