He’s Hollywood royalty, best known for starring in Spartacus. And now Kirk Douglas is preparing to celebrate the major milestone of turning 100.
The actor was seen outside, using a walking aid while helped by a woman who appeared to be a nurse or carer. Wearing a beige cardigan, black jogging bottoms and a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, Mr Douglas was seen taking a stroll in Los Angeles.
He was able to walk with just a guiding arm from his carer, and has credited his beloved wife Anne, 97, for keeping him feeling young. His wife was also seen with her own carer, heading back to their home in Los Angeles.
Clearing keen to impart some wisdom in later years, Mr Douglas has written an essay for Closer Weekly magazine, paying tribute to his wife. In a beautiful statement, he said: “I was lucky enough to find my soul mate 63 years ago, and I believe our wonderful marriage and our nightly ‘golden hour’ chats have helped me survive all things.”
Mr Douglas is said to be gearing up for a big celebration with 200 of his nearest and dearest, including his actor son Michael and his daughter in law, the actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Last year, the couple gave $15 million to an Alzheimer’s centre called Harry’s Haven, which looks after patients who have previously worked in movies or television.
The centre used the money to build an extension, calling it the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion. Anne is Mrs Douglas’ second wife. He divorced his first wife Diana Douglas in 1951. He is a father of four, two children with Diana and two children with Anne.
Mr Douglas first got the acting bug after appearing in school places. He then won a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, meeting Lauren Bacall and going on to marry her friend Diana. Ms Bacall is credited with getting him his first film role before he went on to become a bone fide Hollywood star.