Kirk Douglas

Film Producer / Film Director / Screenwriter / Author / Soldier / Actor | * 12/09/1916 († 103, 02/05/2020) | Amsterdam, New York (United States of America (USA))
Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor and filmmaker. After an impoverished childhood, he made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war films. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 films and was known for his explosive acting style. He was named by the American Film Institute the 17th-greatest male star of Classic Hollywood cinema and was the highest-ranked living person on the list. Douglas became an international star for his role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion (1949), which brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. His other early films include Out of the Past (1947), Young Man with a Horn ()
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Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor, producer, director and author. He grew up as Izzy Demsky and legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the United States Navy during World War II. During his career, Douglas appeared in more than 90 movies and was known for his explosive acting style. He became an international star for his leading role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion (1949), which brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Other early films include Young Man with a Horn (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), and Detective Story (1951), a film for which he received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor in a Drama. He received a second Oscar nomination for his role in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), and his third nomination for portraying Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), which landed him a second Golden Globe nomination. In 1955, Douglas established Bryna Productions, which produced films as varied as Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960). He took the lead roles in both films. Douglas has been praised for helping to break the Hollywood blacklist by having Dalton Trumbo write Spartacus with an official on-screen credit. In 1963 Douglas starred in the Broadway play One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a story that he purchased and later gave to his son Michael Douglas, who turned it into an Oscar-winning film. As an actor and philanthropist, Douglas received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As an author, he wrote ten novels and memoirs. He is No. 17 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema. Kirk Douglas died at age 103.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Comedies

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for Kirk Douglas

National Medal of Arts Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Honorary César Presidential Medal of Freedom AFI Life Achievement Award Kennedy Center Honors Academy Honorary Award Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Golden Bear César Awards Screen Actors Guild Awards Knight of The Legion of Honour American Campaign Medal Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame Silver Shell for Best Actor 3x Academy Award for Best Actor 2x Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
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Movies with Kirk Douglas as Actor(116)

as Self (archive footage)2020 Kubrick by Kubrick
as Vincent van Gogh (archive footage)2019 Vincent van Gogh Superstar
as Self - Actor2017 The Untameable Kirk Douglas
as Himself – Interviewee2010 Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
as Jim Kovalski2008 Empire State Building Murders
as (archive footage)2008 Catalogue of Ships
as Himself / Interviewee2007 Trumbo
as Donald Baines2004 Illusion
as Mitchell Gromberg2003 It Runs in the Family
as himself2001 FBI contre Hollywood
as Harry Agensky1999 Diamonds
as himself1997 Completely Cuckoo
as Himself (archive footage)1996 The Universal Story
as Uncle Joe McTeague1994 Greedy
as Ed Reese1994 The Lies Boys Tell
as General Calthrop1992 Two-Fisted Tales
as Grandpa Mike Dunmore1992 The Secret
as Quentin1991 Welcome to Veraz
as Eduardo Provolone1991 Oscar
as Matthew Harrison Brady1988 Inherit the Wind
as David Konig1987 Queenie
as Archie Long1986 Tough Guys
as Amos Lasher1985 Amos
as Harry H. Holland aka Handsome Harry Holland1984 Draw!
as Carl 'Buster' Marzack1983 Eddie Macon's Run
as Harrison / Spur1982 The Man from Snowy River
as Joe Rabin1982 Remembrance Of Love
as (in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as Capt. Matthew Yelland1980 The Final Countdown
as Major Adam1980 Saturn 3
as Dr. Tuttle1980 Home Movies
as Cactus Jack1979 The Villain
as Peter Sandza1978 The Fury
as Robert Caine1977 Holocaust 2000
as Herschel Vilnofsky1976 Victory at Entebbe
as Howard Nightingale1975 Posse
as George Anderson1974 Mousey
as Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
as Peg1973 Scalawag
as The Indian Fighter1972 The Special London Bridge Special
as Steve Wallace1972 The Master Touch
as Andrej1971 Catch Me a Spy
as Will Tenneray1971 A Gunfight
as Paris Pitman, Jr.1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
as Eddie Anderson1969 The Arrangement
as Frank Ginetta1968 The Brotherhood
as Jim Schuyler1968 A Lovely Way to Die
as Sen. William J. Tadlock1967 The Way West
as Lomax1967 The War Wagon
as Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
as General Patton1966 Is Paris Burning?
as himself1966 Kirk Douglas
as Commander Paul Eddington, Jr.1965 In Harm's Way
as Dr. Rolf Pedersen1965 The Heroes of Telemark
as Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey1964 Seven Days in May
as Donald Kenneth "Deke" Gentry1963 For Love or Money
as Sgt. P.J. Briscoe1963 The Hook
as George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
as Jack Andrus1962 Two Weeks in Another Town
as John W. "Jack" Burns1962 Lonely Are the Brave
as Major Garrett1961 Town Without Pity
as Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley1961 The Last Sunset
as Larry Coe1960 Strangers When We Meet
as Spartacus1960 Spartacus
as Welding Seaman (uncredited)1959 Operation Petticoat
as Richard Dudgeon1959 The Devil's Disciple
as Marshal Matt Morgan1959 Last Train from Gun Hill
as Einar1958 The Vikings
as Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
as Col. Dax1957 Paths of Glory
as Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin1957 Top Secret Affair
as Vincent van Gogh1956 Lust for Life
as Johnny Hawks1955 The Indian Fighter
as Dempsey Rae1955 Man Without a Star
as Gino Borgesa1955 The Racers
as Ulysses1954 Ulysses
as himself1954 Operation Undersea
as Robert Teller1953 Act of Love
as Hans Muller1953 The Juggler
as Pierre Narval1953 The Story of Three Loves
as Jonathan Shields1952 The Bad and the Beautiful
as Jim Deakins1952 The Big Sky
as Jim Fallon1952 The Big Trees
as Chuck Tatum1951 Ace in the Hole
as Det. James 'Jim' McLeod1951 Detective Story
as Marshal Len Merrick1951 Along the Great Divide
as Jim O'Connor1950 The Glass Menagerie
as Rick Martin1950 Young Man with a Horn
as Michael 'Midge' Kelly1949 Champion
as George Phipps1949 A Letter to Three Wives
as Owen Waterbury1948 My Dear Secretary
as Tucker Wedge1948 The Walls of Jericho
as Whit Sterling1947 Out of the Past
as Peter Niles1947 Mourning Becomes Electra
as Noll "Dink" Turner1947 I Walk Alone

TV Shows/Series with Kirk Douglas as Actor(25)

Movies with Kirk Douglas as Crew(21)

Production/Executive Producer1985 Amos
Production/Executive Producer1983 Something Wicked This Way Comes
Directing/Director1975 Posse
Production/Producer1975 Posse
Directing/Director1973 Scalawag
Writing/Writer1973 Scalawag
Production/Producer1971 Summertree
Production/Executive Producer1971 A Gunfight
Production/Producer1971 The Light at the Edge of the World
Production/Producer1968 The Brotherhood
Production/Co-Executive Producer1966 Seconds
Production/Executive Producer1966 Grand Prix
Production/Co-Executive Producer1964 Seven Days in May
Production/Executive Producer1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
Production/Executive Producer1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Production/Executive Producer1961 The Last Sunset
Production/Executive Producer1960 Strangers When We Meet
Production/Executive Producer1960 Spartacus
Production/Producer1957 Paths of Glory
Production/Executive Producer1957 Lizzie
Production/Executive Producer1955 The Indian Fighter

TV Shows/Series with Kirk Douglas as Crew(1)

Production/Producer1959 Tales of the Vikings

Additional Information

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Full Name: Kirk Douglas
Born: Saturday, 12/09 1916 (December) in Amsterdam, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 02/05 2020 (February) in Beverly Hills (aged: 103)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN, native language), French (FR), Yiddish (YI)
Educated at: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, St. Lawrence University
Spouses (current/former): Diana Douglas, Anne Buydens
Father: Harry Danielovitch
Mother: Bertha Sanglel
Other names for Kirk Douglas (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Issur Danielovitch"
"Issur Danielovitch Demsky"
"Isador Demsky"
"Izzy Demsky"
"Кирк Дуглас"
"איסר דניאלאָוויטש"
Kirk Douglas frequently works together with these people:
Andy Samberg (30x, Actor)
Fred Armisen (27x, Actor)
Bill Hader (25x, Actor)
Kristen Wiig (20x, Actress)
Tress MacNeille (20x, Actress)
Jason Sudeikis (18x, Actor)
Kenan Thompson (18x, Actor)
Will Forte (15x, Actor)
Charlton Heston (14x, Actor)
Maya Rudolph (14x, Actress)
Bob Hope (13x, Actor)
Burt Lancaster (11x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2792, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/02/2023