Actor Kirk Douglas, shown above at 39, was born Issur Danielovitch in New York to Russian-Jewish parents. He would later tell his own children that they didn’t have his “advantage of being born into abject poverty.”

Actor Kirk Douglas, shown above at 39, was born Issur Danielovitch in New York to Russian-Jewish parents. He would later tell his own children that they didn’t have his “advantage of being born into abject poverty.”