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"The Ragman's Son" Remembers

Kirk Douglas says that growing up in abject poverty was an advantage: he had nowhere to go but up. Often known for his tough guy roles, he also enjoys playing men who are weak, lost and vulnerable. He started his own production company to make movies he believed had depth and substance. His new autobiography looks back on his career so far.

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Other segments from the episode on August 22, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 22, 1988: Interview with Kirk Douglas; Review of Curtis Clark's album "Letter to South Africa"; Interview with William Novak; Review of the "American Masters"…

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