35th Life Achievement Recipient, 1998

Kirk Douglas

Award acceptance speech:


Thank you. Boy, thank you, thank you, thank you.


It’s too bad my parents couldn’t be here. My Father would have liked it; my Mother, she wouldn’t have believed it.


You know what? When they first spoke to me about this award, lifetime achievement, I was scared. I saw a committee going over my medical file; we have to give him something. Well, maybe then they learned that I have just finished a movie, they might want to take the award back but what the hell. I am young, I have made eighty-two movies. [Applause]


And I want to tell you something. I made my first movie ten years before Dan Aykroyd was born. But seriously, I am very, very honored. I want to accept this award from the screen Actors Guild. It means a lot to me to have an award from my fellow actors. And, I thank all of you very much. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. [Applause]