At 103 years of age, Douglas was able to see his acting genius acknowledged by being, while he was alive, No. 17 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema, and the highest-ranked living person on the list. Douglas received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (from President Jimmy Carter in 1981).
A missed role...
In the midst of many memorable ones...
With absolutely no proof at all, Kirk Douglas's legacy has been smeared by stories of him being the alleged source of rape rumors. Just to be complete, this rumor is added here.
The dark rumor about Kirk Douglas and Natalie Wood has never been proven, despite such passages as this one reproduced below. It seems clear, it is likely it is not true.
But there will always be a lingering doubt. As being reported on social media, however, Kirk Douglas did not die on Natalie Wood's birthday (which is actually July 20, 1938). If he had, it might have meant something for the unconscious works in strange ways.