Actor Kirk Douglas donates $15 million toward care center

LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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 center for Hollywood industry members suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

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

Officials announced Nov. 9 – 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.”