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Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas (actor, born December 9, 1916, Amsterdam, New York) "My story is the American dream come true," Kirk Douglas says about his life. Some dream! He was born the son of a junk dealer, but he became one of those rare stars who are "as much institutions as actors, cultural icons who conjure up an entire era's worth of images" (The New York Times). On screen we know him as cowboy, painter, Viking, lover, boxer, trumpeter, cop, slave--characters who fought the system and more often than not ended up destroyed by it. In real life he fought the system, too--but ended up victorious. He grew up the son of Russian Jewish immigrant parents, as Issur Danielovich, but he worked his way through St.