Spartacus is about to have a birthday of Colosseum-sized proportions.
Kirk Douglas, one of the last leading men left from Hollywood’s golden age, turns 100 on Friday, Dec. 9, and celebrations are in the air — and on the air.
On Friday, Movies! (Optimum Ch. 113) will present a pair of films from Douglas’ salad days — the 1948 rom-com “My Dear Secretary” (3:30 p.m. with an encore at 2 a.m. Saturday) and his 1946 screen debut “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” (1 p.m., with an encore at 11:30 p.m.) as Barbara Stanwyck’s weakling husband.Taylor Swift, 30 more stars with December birthdaysThe Douglas family through the yearsKirk Douglas through the years
If you want to join other Douglas fans for the occasion, head to Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., in Huntington on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. for a screening of Lee Grant’s 2005 documentary “A Father . . . A Son . . . Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” about the actor and his relationship with his son Michael Douglas. Film historian Philip Harwood will also talk about the elder Douglas’ career, and for a $5 admission, you can enjoy birthday refreshments, too. For more information, call 631-421-5835 or go to tbeli.org