It's hard to believe that someone with what seemed an invincible spirit has passed away.  Yet, this afternoon Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas died at 103 years of age.

Just from talking with Breeze listeners, I know I am not the only film buff. So, in reflection, if you'll indulge me, I have a wee tale to tell you about this man. Then, let's end with some movie clips that showcase this remarkable actor.

First, I wanted to share with you my Kirk Douglas story. Yes, I was lucky to meet him once at a book-signing.  He asked me what I did?  Which blew me away.  We spoke about my then graduate school ambitions, and my hopes to be a Professor.  Nervously, I asked him if he might help me with my dissertation since it focused on a few of his films.  He said, "yes!"  Well, he was true to his word. He and his staff were so generous and always answered my calls or emails.

So, here are three clips that show his amazing range.

1) As Doc Holliday in The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (1957)  The control of his body and voice make this scene of negotiation, such fun to watch.

 

2) His gentle sensitivity in Vincent Minnelli's "Lust for Life" (1956)

His intensity in Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" (1957)