Jutting his famous dimpled chin toward a rapt audience of congressmen, Kirk Douglas Wednesday called upon public officials to conduct "commando raids" of nursing homes to protect elderly residents from abuse and neglect.

The jaunty actor, who portrays a 78-year-old nursing home resident in a coming television movie titled Amos, testified with a dramatic flourish at a congressional hearing to call attention to the "nightmare" of elder abuse. His performance Wednesday drew applause from a hearing room full of congressmen and other observers.

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