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Kirk Douglas, Dies at 103


“Kirk Douglas’ talent begins in the soles of his feet and
ends in the spirit that can vault beyond the stars.”
These words of tribute from the A m e r i c a n
Academy of Dramatic Arts sum up the essence of
the man. A lifetime of achievement - which
includes 85 films, nine plays, eight books and a
host of other contributions to his art, his country
and his fellowman - speaks for itself.
Born December 9, 1916, the son of illiterate Jewish Russian immigrants,
 Issur Danielovitch was driven to leave behind the poverty of his childhood
which he did with great success. He made his
Broadway debut as a singing Western Union boy
in Spring Again. In 1942, Mr. Douglas decided to
enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer
in anti-submarine warfare.
After the war he returned to Broadway and, in
1949, his agent arranged for him to co-star with
Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in The Gre a t
Sinner. Kirk declined and instead chose to play
the anti-hero, Mr. Kelly, in Champion, at a much
lower salary. The role of the cynical boxer in
Stanley Kramer’s film, won him both stardom and
an Academy Award nomination. He received his
second nomination in 1952 for playing an opportunistic movie mogul in
 The Bad and the Beautiful,
and his third in 1956 for his portrayal of Vincent
Van Gogh in Lust for Life, for which he won the
New York Film Critics’ Best Actor Award.
In 1955, Mr. Douglas formed one of Hollywood’s
first independent film companies which he named
Bryna, after his mother. It was managed by his
wife Anne, and produced many memorable films
including Paths of Glory, The Vikings, Spartacus,
Lonely are the Brave and Seven Days in May.
On a personal level, one of Mr. Douglas’ great victories has been his
dramatic recovery from a debilitating stroke which occurred several years ago.
At one point, he actually contemplated suicide.
How he surmounted his depression is recounted
in his book, My Stroke of Luck, which is inspirational and entertaining reading.
In Mr. Douglas
own words: “My stroke taught me so much, and for
all that it stole, it gave me even more....Now I want to
share what I have learned.” His book has helped
countless people. It is definitely a must read.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Douglas have contributed and
continue to donate millions of dollars for the
building and restorations of playgrounds. They
have already established 200;
their target is at least 500.



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