I haven't watched Spartacus (beginning to end) in quite a few years. My earliest memory of it is my dad introducing me to Woody Strode. The film is rife with big name actors/stars, but it was important we not refer to Woody as "whats-his-name." Insight into my classic movie education. We start with the character guys and work our way from there.Kirk came through town with Michael and Catherine, hawking his book years ago. I had the flu and couldn't get to the book store but I'm sure Maureen must have a picture in her stash.
Sounds like your dad could’ve taught his own film history class.In doing the research for my SPARTACUS post, I think my appreciation of Kirk Douglas as a filmmaker and a person was raised a lot.