Kirk Douglas gets early 100th birthday gift from Jewish organisation

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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 organisation's president, said Douglas, who was born Dec 9 1916, was "always proud of his Jewish roots."

Kirk Douglas will be 100 next month (Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images)
Kirk Douglas will be 100 next month (Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images)

He pointed to Douglas' starring roles as a Holocaust survivor in the 1953 movie Juggler, and as Jewish US Army Col David "Mickey" Marcus, who helped save the Jewish state in 1948 in the 1966 movie Cast A Giant Shadow.

Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas accepted the award at a dinner at the Pierre Hotel on Wednesday, telling over 400 guests that his father will be "so proud and so humbled."