Robert De Niro Shares Spotlight With Kirk Douglas At Santa Barbara Film Festival

click image to enlarge
December 10, 2012 | 3:56am EST

Robert De Niro made Kirk Douglas’ 96th birthday extra memorable by handing him an original Raging Bull script at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Saturday.
De Niro was the guest of honor as he received the seventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the event from Douglas himself, who he thanked in his acceptance speech.
Douglas turned 96 on Sunday so De Niro handed the Spartacus star a special birthday present – a Raging Bull manuscript signed by himself, director Martin Scorsese and co-star Joe Pesci.
He said, “Thank you, Kirk, and happy birthday. This is the way I like to celebrate other people’s birthdays, I get the present! Actually though, I do have something for you. I asked your son Michael… what you would like and he said he didn’t really know you well enough to say. No, I’m just kidding. He said you might like an original screenplay of Raging Bull. So, Marty Scorsese had one. He was trying to sell it on (auction site) eBay, but he gave it to me to give it to you for $200 bucks. So he and Joe Pesci signed it and I had the girl in my office sign my name. From all of us, happy birthday, Kirk. And it’s an honor to receive this gift with your name.”
According to, Douglas told the gala’s audience he planned to “retire” from presenting his namesake award, but decided to attend the ceremony one last time after learning De Niro was this year’s recipient.