December 9th has always been one of my favorite days of the year, because it is the day two of my favorite actors -- Kirk Douglas and John Cassavetes -- celebrate their birthdays. Both actors were so influential on my early life. And while we sadly lost John Cassavetes a long time ago, Kirk Douglas is still going strong. Today marks his 100th birthday! How amazingly awesome is that? I've been listening to the Lonely are the Brave (Jerry Goldsmith) and The Dirty Dozen (Frank De Vol) scores to celebrate, although it's the theme from Saddle the Wind that keeps popping in my head today.