Kirk Dou­glas gets early 100th birth­day gift from Jewish org

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

NEW YORK >> Leg­endary ac­tor and pro­ducer Kirk Dou­glas has re­ceived an early 100th birth­day present — an award from the World Jewish Con­gress for his strong sup­port for Is­rael in­clud­ing star­ring in the first Hol­ly­wood fea­ture film shot in the newly es­tab­lished na­tion.

Ron­ald Lauder, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pres­i­dent, said Dou­glas, who was born Is­sur Danielovitch on Dec. 9, 1916, was “al­ways proud of his Jewish roots.”

He pointed to Dou­glas’ star­ring roles as a Holo­caust sur­vivor in the 1953 movie “Jug­gler” which was filmed in Is­rael and as Jewish U.S. Army Col. David “Mickey” Mar­cus, who helped save the Jewish state in 1948, in the 1966 movie “Cast A Gi­ant Shadow.”

Os­car-win­ning ac­tor Michael Dou­glas ac­cepted the award, telling more than 400 guests at a din­ner at the Pierre Ho­tel that his fa­ther would be “so proud and so hum­bled,” es­pe­cially since the award is the first hon­or­ing the late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, his long­time friend.

Dou­glas said his fa­ther’s con­nec­tion to Is­rael goes back to his child­hood, and his dream is to see the coun­try “peace­ful and suc­cess­ful,” a place where Arabs and Jews can live to­gether.

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