Issur Danielovitch Demsky, who changed his name to Kirk Douglas and gave movie fans immortal performances in films such as Spartacus and Champion, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 103, from natural causes, surrounded by family.A shame he's gone, but he did make some valuable contributions to cinema, for which he should always be remembered. And he certainly lived a long time.
[...] Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, to Bryna and Herschel Danielovitch, who immigrated from Chavusy in the Mogilev Region, in today’s Belarus. The family spoke Yiddish at home. Douglas grew up as Izzy Demsky and changed his name legally to Kirk Douglas before enlisting in the US Navy during World War 2.
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Thursday, February 06, 2020
Veteran actor Kirk Douglas, famous for roles like Spartacus in the movies, died at 103 years old:
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