Kirk Douglas turns blogs into his latest conquest

Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:35pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For more than 60 years, Kirk Douglas portrayed death-defying tough guys and conquering heroes in the movies, and at age 92 he's not giving up.

But his latest challenge is taking place on the Internet instead of movie screens, as Douglas has become the oldest celebrity blogger on social networking Web site MySpace.

Even though he's not a teenager or 20-something and may not know the difference between a good book and Facebook, Douglas understands one key thing about the Internet -- it's a place for stimulating discussion, in this case between him and those who comment on his blog.

"I express my opinion, and I tell them that they don't have to agree with me because it's a free country," he said. "And their answers are very, very interesting."

In an online universe where blogs are often grammatically incorrect or stream-of-consciousness screeds, Douglas' distinguishes himself with reasoned entries that cover everything from acting (he calls it "a disease") to his memories of once spending Thanksgiving in Pakistan.

He also brings humor to his site. When listing his favorite movies he wrote, "'Champion,' 'Spartacus,' 'Paths of Glory' and 'Lonely Are the Brave' (I just happen to be in these movies.)" Some 4,400 MySpace users linked to his page as "friends."

"All the comments that he gets on his page are so supportive, and people really find him truly inspirational," said Angie Allgood, director of talent relations at MySpace.


<p>Actor Kirk Doulgas poses with a laptop computer with his MySpace page featuring his blog on the screen, at his home in Beverly Hills, California December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>