6th February, 2020
It's three years since he reached his Centenary, but we are still sad to learn that Kirk Douglas has passed away. He was Oscar nominated three times but never won except for a Lifetime Achievement award, despite starring in some of Hollywood's biggest movies of the Fifties and Sixties. He was memorably Spartacus, Doc Holliday and Van Gogh, as well as being one of the forerunners of the "star as producer" syndrome, which changed the face of Hollywood as an industry. For those of you who know the name but have never really watched him, we suggest that you start with The Bad and the Beautiful, Ace in the Hole, or Out of the Past (where you will also see Robert Mitchum in top form).