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Kirk Douglas turns 100: Celebrate with these special screenings

Kirk Douglas is turning 100, and two of

Kirk Douglas is turning 100, and two of his films are on Movies! for his birthday. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images

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.

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

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