Kirk Douglas(Born 1916)

     One of the most intense actors to ever appear on the screen, Kirk Douglas has shaped a career spanning more than fifty years. Born Isadore Demsky to an immigrant Russian family in upstate New York, the young man left his roots far behind to carve out a Hollywood career as versatile as any actor of his generation. 
     Douglas's screen debut was Barbara Stanwyck's weakling husband Walter in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Hollywood soon discovered the darker side of Kirk first, casting him  in various roles like Whit Sterling in Out of the Past  looks. In Champion, perhaps the greatest boxing film ever made, director Mark Robson brings Douglas to the very forefront of Hollywood's universe. Boxer Midge Kelly is a towering screen portrait. Miraculously, Douglas manages to find a kernel of humanity in this dark character and despite his despicable deeds, audiences cheer for him in the final fight.
     Champion remains one of my favorite Douglas roles, along with SpartacusLonely are the Brave, Young Man with a Horn and The Bad and the Beautiful. Watching a Kirk Douglas movie has invariably meant seeing a professional do his very best. 
     Douglas suffered a number of physical set-ups in his late years, most significantly a helicopter crash which resulted in a stroke. Remarkably, Douglas, a octogenarian, has displayed the same tenacity that often was part of his screen persona in coming back from the stroke to write a follow-up book to his biography The Ragman's Son.

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