Kirk Douglas: ‘Being 100 Is Sad… I Miss My Friends’
Kirk Douglas has opened up about the “sad” side of being 100, admitting he misses his late friends. The actor reached the landmark age in December 2016, and celebrated with a star-studded party alongside family. While he is proud to have made it to 100, Kirk sometimes struggles without the pals he started out in Hollywood alongside.
“I never, ever thought I would live to be 100. That’s shocked me, really. And it’s sad, too,” he told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper. “I miss Burt Lancaster – we fought a lot, and I miss him a lot. And John Wayne, even though he was a Republican and I was a Democrat.”
As a staunch Democrat, Kirk no doubt has strong feelings about new U.S. President – Republican leader Donald Trump. However, he refused to go into this during his interview, only saying: “Let’s just say I didn’t vote for him.”
One person who was front and center at Kirk’s 100th bash was his son Michael, who visits his elderly father every month. Double Oscar-winner Michael followed his dad into the acting industry, something Kirk was initially hesitant about.
“I am so proud of Michael because he never followed my advice,” he smiled. “I wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer, and the first time I saw him in a play I told him he was terrible. But then I saw him a second time and I said, ‘You were wonderful!’ And I think he is very good in everything.”
Asked if he’s ever felt competitive with his son, Kirk replied: “No! Only proud. He didn’t like me much after his mother and I got divorced. It was only when he started acting that we became close.”
Michael’s mother was Kirk’s first wife Diana, who he married in 1943 and divorced in 1951. He married producer Anne Buydens, 97, in 1954 and they have been together ever since.