Kirk’s Greatest Hits: TV

Yesterday, we focused on the late Kirk Douglas’ three Oscar-nominated films. Today, we’ll look at a more obscure aspect of Douglas’ career – his three Emmy-nominated performances!

For the title role of a nursing home patient in a 1985 CBS movie, Amos, Douglas was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special:

For a 1991 episode of HBO’s anthology series Tales From the Crypt titled “Yellow,” Douglas played a World War I general who must confront his cowardly son (played by real-life son Eric, Michael’s half-brother). Dan Aykroyd also appeared in this episode, which earned Douglas a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

The then 83-year-old Douglas was next nominated as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for a 2000 episode of the long-running CBS show Touched by an Angel. He played a non-believing elder who finally finds faith under trying family circumstances. CBS All Access subscribers can stream the episode, titled “Bar Mitzvah.”

(Note: The above is an updated version of a previously published article.)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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