Kirk Douglas has died, at the age of 103.

Although he was probably best known for conventional dramas such as Spartacus, Lust For Life, and Paths of Glory, he also appeared in his share of science fiction, fantasy, and horror films, such Brian DePalma's The Fury (1978). As a child, I especially liked Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954), with its early steampunk esthetic. Although many felt that Douglas (even though he was the top-billed star) was overshadowed by James Mason as Captain Nemo, Douglas definitely did his part in the climactic battle with giant squid.

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    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was also one of my favorite movies/books when I was a kid! Douglas will be sorely missed... – Rebel-Scum Feb 6 at 20:27
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    There's nothing conventional about Paths of Glory! – Paul D. Waite Feb 7 at 13:47
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    Douglas was also quite good in a 1980 sci-fi flick called The Final Countdown, in which the U.S.S. Nimitz (commanded by Douglas) is hurled back in time to just before Pearl Harbor with a chance to change history. – Helbent IV Mar 7 at 7:40
  • I saw Final Countdown on a plane. The flight landed before the movie finished, and the pilot, by popular demand, delayed de-boarding until it finished. – ab2 Apr 30 at 22:51

As many have observed, one of the last links to Hollywood's beginnings -- he probably met almost every major founder of the industry including Goldwyn and Zukor. Now Olivia de Havilland remains with us and actually is even more striking for having starred in one of the great movies of the 1930s -- hard to believe this. And Norman Lloyd, senior to them both, also remains.

To live an active life and to survive a century is truly an amazing thing. When these people were born, tens of thousands of Civil War veterans were still around and people who had met people who remembered the American revolution also. And people whom they met will see the year 2100.

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