Kirk Douglas donates $15M to California centre for Alzheimer's

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife have donated $15 million toward a Motion Picture Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills, California, to help build a care centre for Hollywood industry members suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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The Los Angeles Daily News reports ) that the centre will be named after Douglas and is expected to cost $35 million in total.

Officials announced Wednesday -- Douglas's 99th birthday -- that his gift will kick the design and planning of the new facility into high gear.

Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. He changed his name to Kirk Douglas as he started his acting career.

The cleft-chin leading man went on to receive three Academy Award nominations and starred in such Hollywood classics as "Spartacus" and "Lust for Life."



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