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.
remains one of my favorite Douglas roles, along with Spartacus,
Lonely 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
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Spartacus (SE) /A, B+
This is one of the great epic films with an animally electric performance
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