Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

  • Born on
    • December 9th, 1916
  • Died on
    • February 5th, 2020
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.

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Acting (73 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2003It Runs in the Family as Mitchell Gromberg
1999Diamonds as Harry Agensky
1994Greedy as Uncle Joe McTeague
1992Two-Fisted Tales as General Calthrop
1991Oscar as Eduardo Provolone
1988Inherit the Wind as Matthew Harrison Brady
1986Tough Guys as Archie Long
1984Draw! as Harry H. Holland aka Handsome Harry Holland
1983Eddie Macon's Run as Carl 'Buster' Marzack
1982Remembrance of Love as Joe RabinWatch Free
1982The Man from Snowy River as Harrison / Spur
1982Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage)
1980The Final Countdown as Capt. Matthew Yelland
1980Saturn 3 as Adam
1979The Villain as Cactus Jack
1979Home Movies as Dr. Tuttle
1978The Fury as Peter Sandza
1977The Chosen as Robert Caine
1976Victory at Entebbe as Herschel Vilnofsky
1975Posse as Howard Nightingale
1975Once Is Not Enough as Mike Wayne
1972The Master Touch as Steve Wallace
1971The Light at the Edge of the World as Will Denton
1971A Gunfight as Will Tenneray
1970There Was a Crooked Man... as Paris Pitman, Jr.
1969The Arrangement as Eddie Anderson
1968The Brotherhood as Frank Ginetta
1967The Way West as Sen. William J. Tadlock
1967The War Wagon as Lomax
1966Cast a Giant Shadow as Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
1966Is Paris Burning? as General Patton
1965The Heroes of Telemark as Dr. Rolf Pedersen
1965In Harm's Way as Commander Paul Eddington, Jr.
1964Seven Days in May as Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
1963The Hook as Sgt. P.J. Briscoe
1963The List of Adrian Messenger as George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson
1962Lonely Are the Brave as John W. "Jack" Burns
1962Two Weeks in Another Town as Jack Andrus
1961Town Without Pity as Major Garrett
1961The Last Sunset as Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley
1960Spartacus as Spartacus
1960Strangers When We Meet as Larry Coe
1959Last Train from Gun Hill as Marshal Matt Morgan
1959The Devil's Disciple as Richard Dudgeon
1959Operation Petticoat as Welding Seaman (uncredited)
1958The Vikings as Einar
1957Paths of Glory as Col. Dax
1957Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday
1957Top Secret Affair as Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
1956Lust for Life as Vincent van Gogh
1955The Indian Fighter as Johnny Hawks
1955Man Without a Star as Dempsey Rae
195420,000 Leagues Under the Sea as Ned Land
1954Ulysses as Ulysses
1953Act of Love as Robert Teller
1953The Juggler as Hans Muller
1953The Story of Three Loves as Pierre Narval
1952The Big Sky as Jim DeakinsWatch Free
1952The Big Trees as Jim Fallon
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Jonathan Shields
1951Along the Great Divide as Marshal Len Merrick
1951Ace in the Hole as Chuck Tatum
1951Detective Story as Det. James 'Jim' McLeod
1950Young Man with a Horn as Rick Martin
1950The Glass Menagerie as Jim O'Connor
1949Champion as Michael 'Midge' Kelly
1949A Letter to Three Wives as George Phipps
1948My Dear Secretary as Owen Waterbury
1947Out of the Past as Whit Sterling
1947I Walk Alone as Noll "Dink" Turner
1947Mourning Becomes Electra as Peter Niles
1946The Strange Love of Martha Ivers as Walter O'NeilWatch Free

Director (1 Credits)


Himself (3 Credits)

2020Kubrick by Kubrick as Self (archive footage)
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Himself – Interviewee
2007Trumbo as Himself / Interviewee


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