American actor Kirk Douglas has been added in the \u201cin memoriam\u201d section of this year\u2019s <a href="https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/In_memoriam_segment" target="_blank">Academy Awards<\/a>, which had been completed but was edited to include the screen icon who had <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/hollywood-legend-kirk-douglas-dies-at-103\/" target="_blank">died<\/a> at the age of 103 on Wednesday.\r\n\r\nGiven Douglas\u2019 stature in the industry, it\u2019s unsurprising that the Academy has modified the \u201cin memoriam\u201d section to include the actor, as in the past the organization has been criticized for failing to include major filmmakers and performers in its departed list.\r\n\r\nIn 2019, the Oscars were criticized for not putting director Stanley Donen, Oscar-nominee Sondra Locke, and Oscar-nominee Carol Channing in the \u201cin memoriam\u201d.\r\n\r\nThe 92nd Academy Awards is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on February 9th.\r\n\r\nIt is worth mentioning that Douglas was a fixture in cinema for six decades. He was born Issur Danielovich on Dec. 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York.\r\n\r\nDouglas was the only son of seven children born to illiterate Russian immigrants.\r\n\r\nHe hitch-hiked to St. Lawrence University in New York, after graduating from high school, where he became a wrestling champion.\r\n\r\nDouglas also starred in theatrical productions and changed his name to Izzy Demsy after St. Lawrence enrolled in New York\u2019s American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1941, during which he changed his name to Kirk Douglas.\r\n\r\nHe joined the Navy following two small Broadway roles. In 1946, Douglas made his film debut in \u201cThe Strange Love of Martha Ivers\u201d costarring Barbara Stanwyck.\r\n\r\nDouglas rose to stardom in 1916 and earned his first Oscar nomination for the 1949 movie \u201cChampion\u201d.\r\n\r\nHe was an actor known for his amazing acting skills and his range of roles that totaled over 90 movies in a career that stretched across seven decades and films, which included \u201cSpartacus\u201d and \u201cThe Vikings\u201d that made him one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1950s and \u201960s.\r\n\r\nDouglas is also known for his other movies \u201cLonely Are the Brave,\u201d \u201cThe Devil\u2019s Disciple,\u201d \u201cVictory at Entebbe\u201d and \u201cTough Guys,\u201d.\r\n\r\nHe was also a producer, director, and author. He also played a major role in breaking the Hollywood blacklist\u2014 actors, directors, and writers who were shunned professionally because of links to the communist movement in the 1950s\u2014 which was something he found to be a source of pride, more than any film he made.\r\n\r\nDouglas and his first wife, Diana Dill, married on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas, before divorcing in 1951.\r\n\r\nAfterward, while shooting the \u201cAct of Love\u201d movie in Paris he met Anne Buydens, its publicist, and got married in 1954. They had two sons, Peter and Eric.\r\n\r\nDouglas, who survived a 1991 helicopter crash that killed two people, tried to discourage his children from following him into acting, however, Michael became a major star and a successful producer, while Joel and Peter become producers and Eric who had also become an actor until his death in 2004 from a drug overdose.\r\n\r\nA stroke in 1996 at the age of 80, left Douglas with slurred speech and damaged facial nerves, but two weeks later he was seen in high spirit as he attended the Academy Awards ceremony, during which he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.\r\n\r\nHe also continued to take small acting roles through 2008 but said the stroke left him suicidal.\r\n\r\n\u201cHumor saved me,\u201d Douglas told Parade magazine in 2014. \u201cAt first, I thought my life was at an end. But when I put the gun in my mouth, it hit a tooth. Ow! And that struck me funny. A toothache was stopping me from committing suicide?\u201d\r\n\r\nIn one of his last public appearances, he seemed fragile and barely audible in a wheelchair as he helped daughter-in-law at the Oscar in January 2018.