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The acting legend (and father of Michael Douglas) died Wednesday at age 103. Here’s a look back at his biggest roles in Hollywood.

  • Champion (1949) 

    Douglas earned his first Oscar nomination for playing the dogged boxer Midge Kelly in a black-and-white drama written by Carl Foreman (“High Noon”).

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  • Ace in the Hole (1950)

    In one of Billy Wilder’s most cynical dramas, Douglas plays a ruthless journalist who exploits a mining disaster — even sabotaging rescue efforts — to prolong the media frenzy.

  • The Bad and the Beautiful (1951) 

    He earned his second Oscar nomination playing another cad — this time a power-obsessed Hollywood producer said to be modeled on David O. Selznick.

  • Lust for Life (1956) 

    In a departure from his cynical big-screen roles, Douglas brought real sympathy to his portrayal of tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh in Vincente Minnelli’s biopic — and the actor earned his third Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) 

    Douglas plays outlaw Doc Holliday to Burt Lancaster’s lawman Wyatt Earp in John Sturges’ classic Western about the famed shootout in Tombstone, Arizona.

  • Paths of Glory (1957) 

    Again playing against type in Stanley Kubrick’s antiwar movie, Douglas brims with decency as a French colonel in World War I who fights against an unfair court-martial of his men.

  • Spartacus (1960) 

    Douglas hit a career high as a rebellious Roman slave in this historical drama whose onscreen revolt had a real-life parallel. The actor also produced the blockbuster film and his very public hiring of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo helped to break Hollywood’s blacklist of Communists.

  • Lonely Are the Brave (1962) 

    Douglas counted this Dalton Trumbo-penned Western as his personal favorite, and he gave a memorable performance as a New Mexico cowboy who was more of a drifter than a guy rooted in the land.

  • Seven Days in May (1964) 

    In John Frankenheimer’s political thriller, Douglas plays a longtime military officer who begins to suspect that his nuke-obsessed general boss (Burt Lancaster) may be plotting to overthrow the president.

  • The Man From Snowy River (1982) 

    Douglas plays twin brothers — a one-legged gold prospector and a wealthy cattle rancher — in George Miller’s coming-of-age drama about a ranch hand in 1880s Australia.

  • The acting legend (and father of Michael Douglas) died Wednesday at 103

    The acting legend (and father of Michael Douglas) died Wednesday at age 103. Here’s a look back at his biggest roles in Hollywood.

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