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Kirk Douglas honored on the House floor for his 99th birthday

The iconic actor Kirk Douglas, who celebrated his 99th birthday Dec. 9, was honored on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

In a brief address, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) called Douglas a “great American” and said he had “a long history of charitable giving and philanthropy.” Most recently, Douglas donated $15 million to an Alzheimer’s care facility in Los Angeles.

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Michael Douglas wishes dad Kirk Douglas a happy 99th birthday in sweet Facebook post

We hope he sent a birthday card too, but Michael Douglas shared some sweet wishes for his dad, legendary actor Kirk Douglas, on Facebook, too.

The elder Douglas turned 99 on Wednesday, and his son marked the occasion by sharing a photo showing him kissing his father’s head.

“Happy 99th Birthday Dad!” he wrote. “I love you, Michael.”

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A Life in Film: Kirk Douglas on four of his greatest roles

Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory

Kirk Douglas—the beloved screen legend who turned 98 in December—never tires for great conversation, especially when the subject is moviemaking and how to survive it. (One tip: Drag your hotshot director to therapy.) We invited the actor, still blessed with the playful masculinity and moral fiber of the Old Hollywood icon that he is, to reminisce about four of his greatest roles.

SPARTACUS (1960)

Douglas’ most indelible role—as a Roman slave leading an epic rebellion—is also the one that best allowed him to flex his muscle within Hollywood. “Spartacus represents all people who work for freedom,” he says, noting that as a producer he’d hired blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo to pen the film under a pseudonym. “Then I decided—the hell with it! I’m going to put his name on it. That’s the thing I’m most proud of. It caused me a lot of trouble, but it was worth it.” Douglas admits there was a limit to the freedom even he could exhibit on set, though. “There wasn’t much to my outfit,” he laughs, referring to his wardrobe-malfunction-prone tunic. “I had to be careful. But I’m always careful.”

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