Kirk Douglas is born in Amsterdam, New York, 1916. His tough, angry, conflicted screen persona flourished in Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956)—all movies that landed him Best Actor Oscar nominations. “Virtue is not photogenic,” the actor once remarked. “What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that’s what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.” For his role as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life, Douglas grew a beard, dyed his hair reddish brown and held audience attention in spite of the vivid color scheme director Vincente Minnelli used to approximate the bold hues of the painter’s works. (Minnelli even had a portion of a field spray-painted yellow.) Over the years, Douglas’s portrayal has lost none of its impact, though, on many prints, Minnelli’s vibrant palette has dimmed.