Happy 100th birthday to Kirk Douglas! A Moviepaws salute

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American actor Kirk Douglas kissing a German shepherd, circa 1962. (Photo by Henry Gris/FPG/Getty Images)

Happy 100th birthday to actor and animal lover Kirk Douglas!

The “Spartacus” told PETA Prime in 2011 about his Labrador Retrievers Danny and Banshee,“If I come home and the dogs are not there, the house feels empty. If you don’t have a dog, you are missing a lot in life.”

The actor, who suffered a stroke in 1996, said, “I’ve had dogs all my life. They have never failed to give me friendship.”

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Douglas worked with horses often in his films, including the 1962 western “Lonely Are the Brave.”

“I love that character and his relationship with his horse. And I always consider that my best movie,” Douglas told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012.

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And who can forget him astride a horse in his most famous film, the 1960 epic “Spartacus”?

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Moviepaws salutes Kirk and wishes him many more years of health and happiness.

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