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A Look Back at Some of Kirk Douglas’ Most Famous Roles and Movies


We all know Kirk Douglas has always been a fighter, and we’re not just saying that because of the image that was projected in his movies. For starters, the amazing man is over 100 years old, and, given his appearance at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, is showing no signs of slowing down. And this is despite the fact that he suffered a severe stroke over 20 years ago. It’s exactly that kind of strength that has kept us fascinated with him for all these years, and will ensure his legacy will live on long after he’s gone. 

Born Issur Danielovitch (c’mon, it’s a natural progression to Kirk Douglas from there) on Dec. 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, NY, he made his film debut in 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, but catapulted to stardom only three years later with Champion. Things just continued from there, with Kirk starring in one classic after another, and moving from cop stories to Westerns to period dramas, most notable among them is 1960’s Spartacus.

What follows is a countdown of a dozen of his most popular films, and they genuinely just start to scratch the surface of all that he has been able to achieve.

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