MADRID, 5 Feb. (CulturaOcio) –
Kirk Douglas passed away on February 5 at the age of 103 in Beverly Hills, California, and he left us one of the last living legends of classic Hollywood. Nominated three times for an Oscar for Best Lead Performance by a Male and recognized with an honorary statuette in 1996, Among his most essential films are titles such as ‘Espartaco’ or ‘Senderos de gloria’.
Issur Danielovitch Demsky, as it is really called, was born on December 9, 1916, and began his career in the film industry in 1946 with ‘The strange love of Martha Ivers’. His latest work, the telefilm ‘The Empire State Murders’ was released in 2008.
Throughout almost 65 years of career, Douglas has played countless legendary characters such as Spartacus, Colonel Dax or the mythical artist Van Gogh. We remember his 10 unforgettable roles that forged the myth of the great Kirk Douglas.
MIDGER – THE CLAY IDOL (1949)
In 1949 he received his first Oscar nomination for The Clay Idol for bringing boxer Midge Kelly to life. Directed by Mark Robson and combining film noir with sports drama.
RICK MARTIN – THE TRUMPETIST (1950)
A year after starring in “The Clay Idol,” Douglas swapped his boxing gloves for the trumpet. The actor played the jazz musician Rick Martin in ‘The trumpeter’ (1950), who becomes a great artist, but discovers that fame and money are not easy to achieve.
CHUCK TATUM – THE GREAT CARNIVAL (1951)
In 1951 he starred in ‘The Great Carnival’, where he played a journalist who stretched out the rescue of a miner to get a good story. Directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, the film offers a critical look at the media and is considered one of the essential titles on journalism.
JAMES MCLEOD – BRIGADA 21 (1951)
The same year that he starred in “The Great Carnival,” Douglas played James McLeod in “Brigade 21,” directed by William Wyler. On the tape, he played a detective who finds out more than he bargains for while investigating a case.
JONATHAN SHIELDS – CAPTIVES OF EVIL (1952)
With ‘Captives of Evil’ (1952) Douglas got his second Oscar nomination. The veteran actor played Jonathan Shields, a very difficult role to play, but with which he is very satisfied.
NED LAND – 20,000 LEAGUES OF UNDERWATER TRAVEL (1954)
Two years after participating in ‘Captives of Evil’, Douglas starred in the film adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ‘(1954).
VINCENT VAN GOGH – THE MAN WITH RED HAIR (1956)
In 1956 Douglas achieved his third Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Van Gogh in “The Madman with Red Hair.” A role, which he claims, took hold of him. “I have never felt like this in any other movie,” he said.
COLONEL DAX – TRAILS OF GLORY (1957)
A year later, Stanley Kubrick chose Douglas to star in ‘Paths of Glory’ (1957), where he played the only high command of the French army who showed a bit of humanity.
ESPARTACO – ESPARTACO (1960)
One of the great films starring Douglas was ‘Spartacus’ (1960). According to the actor, he was “intrigued by the character”, and thanks to her the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was removed from the black list “during the terrible McCarhty era.”
JACK BURNS – THE BRAVE WALK ALONE (1962)
But for the actor, his best work is that of ‘The brave walk alone’ (1962). Cowboy John W. Burns is one of Douglas’s most beloved characters. The interpreter confessed that he “loves this character and his relationship with his horse.”
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Kirk Douglas: 10 Unforgettable Characters Who Forged His Legend