On February 5, 2020, we said goodbye to one of the giants of Hollywood’s Golden Age, when
Kirk Douglas passed away at the age of 103. In a career that spanned seven decades, his performances and activism made an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Here is a photographic look back at some of the many highlights of his long career.
One year after his film debut in 1946's "
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers", Kirk Douglas appeared in the film noir classic " " (1947). Out of the Past
Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Douglas in "
." Out of the Past
Hoagy Carmichael and Kirk Douglas in "
" (1950), where he played a character very loosely based on the legendary jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke. Young Man with a Horn
With Doris Day and Lauren Bacall in "
." Young Man with a Horn
With Lana Turner in "
(1952). Douglas earned his second Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a unscrupulous film producer in this scathing look at Hollywood courtesy of director Vincente Minnelli and screenwriter Charles Schnee. The Bad and the Beautiful"
Douglas, Vincente Minnelli, and producer John Houseman on the set of "
" The Bad and the Beautiful.
Douglas and Minnelli would collaborate again on what was a passion project for both of them: the classic drama "
" (1956). One of the most beautiful color films of its era, this biopic of Vincent Van Gogh features one of Douglas’s greatest performances, notable for his stunning depiction of mental and physical anguish. Lust for Life
Anthony Quinn, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Van Gogh’s friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin, director Vincente Minnelli, and Kirk Douglas on the set of "
." Lust for Life
An impressive publicity photo of Douglas as Van Gogh.
Douglas in costume with sons Joel and Michael on the set of "
." Lust for Life
Kirk Douglas visits Charlton Heston, director William Wyler, and Jack Hawkins on the set of "
" (1959). Douglas had starred for Wyler in 1951's " Ben-Hur Detective Story."
Douglas and Minnelli’s third and final collaboration was on what can be described as a spiritual sequel to "
," " The Bad and the Beautiful (1962). Here Douglas is seen with Claire Trevor and Edward G. Robinson. Two Weeks in Another Town"
Kirk Douglas with Fredric March as the U.S. President and Martin Balsam in "
" (1964). In this superb thriller, Douglas plays a Marine colonel who discovers a military plot to overthrow the government. Seven Days in May
Faye Dunaway and Kirk Douglas in "
(1969), one of the last movies directed by the legendary Elia Kazan. The Arrangement"
Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda on the set of "
" (1970). There Was a Crooked Man...
Rest in peace, Kirk Douglas.