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New York, Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): Kirk Douglas, Hollywood movie star who directed directors, best known for starring roles in Spartacus and The Vikings, died on Wednesday at the age of 103, his son Michael Douglas said, media reports said.
Kirk Douglas. Image credit: Twitter
Born to illiterate Russian immigrants, Douglas graduated from New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1941 and joined the Navy following two small Broadway roles. While in the navy he married British actress Diana Dill and they had two sons, Michael and Joel.
More than 90 movies including Spartacus and The Vikings were made by Douglas in a career that stretched across seven decades and made him one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1950s and '60s.
Douglas said more than any film he made, he was more proud of his major role in breaking the Hollywood blacklist -- actors, directors and writers who, because of links to the communist movement in the 1950s, suffered professional unrecognition.
As a founder of Douglas Foundation, he made charitable donations and in 2015 donated his $80 million US fortune to a variety of causes including a shelter for homeless women named after Anne, the Los Angeles public school district, St. Lawrence University and hospitals.
Donation of $15 million to the Motion Picture and Television Fund were made by Douglas in 2015 on his 99th birthday to help build a facility for entertainment industry figures with Alzheimer's disease.