Arnold Schwarzenegger

02/05/2020 | News release | Archived content

Kirk Douglas–legend and Hero

Kirk Douglas was an icon. It's hard to put into words what it meant to me to work with this legend who I grew up watching in Westerns in our little theater in Austria. He was larger than life to me - a real life hero.

When we finally met on the set of The Villain, he couldn't have been any sweeter to me. I was a new actor and he was the perfect mentor. He was already in his 60s but he was in unbelievable shape, and he could still jump off a trampoline into his horse's saddle. I'll always remember his lessons and our workouts together (back then actors trained secretly, so he'd pull his dumbbells out of his hiding place and we would do curls together).

He was the perfect role model and my career wouldn't have been the same without him. I will miss him dearly and my thoughts are with his family.