Kirk Douglas

Actor, Producer, Director
The archetypal Hollywood movie star of the postwar era, Kirk Douglas built a career with he-man roles as soldiers, cowboys and assorted tough guys in over 80 films. His restless, raging creations earned him three ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1916 in Amsterdam, New York, USA


Actor (131)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2012 (Tv Show)


Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


Empire State Building Murders 2008 (Movie)

Jim Kovalski (Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Illusion 2006 (Movie)

Donal Baines (Actor)

World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

Mitchell Gromberg (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Jean Simmons: Picture Perfect 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Touched By an Angel 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)


Diamonds 1999 (Movie)

Harry Agensky (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Lauren Bacall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)


The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Simpsons 1996 (Tv Show)


Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Greedy 1994 (Movie)

Uncle Joe McTeague (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)


Larry King TNT Extra (07/22/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Secret 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Oscar 1991 (Movie)

(uncredited) Snaps' Father (Actor)

Veraz 1991 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Music Center 25th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The War in Korea 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Inherit the Wind 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Archie Long (Actor)

Salute to Lady Liberty 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Celebrity Daredevils 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Eddie Macon's Run 1983 (Movie)

Marzack (Actor)

Remembrance of Love 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The Man From Snowy River 1982 (Movie)

Harrison Spur (Actor)

Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Saturn 3 1980 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

The Final Countdown 1980 (Movie)

Captain Matthew Yelland (Actor)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

Dr Tuttle--the Maestro (Actor)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

"Cactus Jack" Slade (Actor)

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Holocaust 2000 1978 (Movie)


The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

Mike Wayne (Actor)

Posse 1975 (Movie)

Marshal Nightingale (Actor)

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Scalawag 1973 (Movie)

Peg (Actor)

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


Catch Me a Spy 1971 (Movie)

Andrej (Actor)

The Light at the Edge of the World 1971 (Movie)

Denton (Actor)

Un Uomo da Rispettare 1971 (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

A Gunfight 1970 (Movie)

Will Tenneray (Actor)

There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)

Paris Pitman Jr (Actor)

The Arrangement 1969 (Movie)

Eddie Anderson/Evangelos (Actor)

A Lovely Way to Die 1968 (Movie)

Schuyler (Actor)

The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

Mickey Marcus (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Patton (Actor)

The War Wagon 1966 (Movie)

Lomax (Actor)

The Way West 1966 (Movie)

William Tadlock (Actor)

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Cmdr Paul Eddington (Actor)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

Col Martin "Jiggs" Casey (Actor)

The Heroes of Telemark 1964 (Movie)

Dr Rolf Pederson (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

George Broughan (Actor)

For Love or Money 1962 (Movie)

Deke Gentry (Actor)

Lonely Are the Brave 1962 (Movie)

Jack Burns (Actor)

The Hook 1962 (Movie)

Sergeant PJ Briscoe (Actor)

The Last Sunset 1961 (Movie)

Brendan O'Malley (Actor)

Town Without Pity 1961 (Movie)

Major Steve Garrett (Actor)

Two Weeks in Another Town 1961 (Movie)

Jack Andrus (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Spartacus (Actor)

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

Larry Coe (Actor)

Last Train From Gun Hill 1958 (Movie)

Matt Morgan (Actor)

Paths of Glory 1958 (Movie)

Colonel Dax (Actor)

The Devil's Disciple 1958 (Movie)

Richard Dudgeon (Actor)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

Einar (Actor)

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

Doc Holliday (Actor)

Top Secret Affair 1957 (Movie)

Major General Melville Goodwin (Actor)

Lust For Life 1956 (Movie)

Vincent Van Gogh (Actor)

Man Without a Star 1955 (Movie)

Dempsey Rae (Actor)

The Indian Fighter 1955 (Movie)

Johnny Hawks (Actor)

Ulysses 1955 (Movie)

Ulysess (Actor)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

Ned Land (Actor)

The Racers 1954 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

Act of Love 1953 (Movie)

Robert Teller (Actor)

The Juggler 1953 (Movie)

Hans Muller (Actor)

The Big Sky 1952 (Movie)

Jim Deakins (Actor)

The Story of Three Loves 1952 (Movie)

Pierre Narval (Actor)

Along the Great Divide 1951 (Movie)


Detective Story 1951 (Movie)

Jim McLeod (Actor)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

Jonathan Shields (Actor)

The Big Carnival 1951 (Movie)

Charles Tatum (Actor)

The Big Trees 1951 (Movie)


The Glass Menagerie 1950 (Movie)

Jim O'Connor (Actor)

Young Man With a Horn 1950 (Movie)

Rick Martin (Actor)

Champion 1949 (Movie)


My Dear Secretary 1948 (Movie)


The Walls of Jericho 1948 (Movie)


A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

George Phipps (Actor)

I Walk Alone 1947 (Movie)

Noll "Dink" Turner (Actor)

Mourning Becomes Electra 1947 (Movie)

Peter Niles (Actor)

Out of the Past 1947 (Movie)

Whit Sterling (Actor)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

Walter O'Neil (Actor)

Amos (TV Show)


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Movie)

Dr. Jekyll (Actor)

Draw! (TV Show)


Mousey (TV Show)


Queenie (TV Show)


Take Me Home Again (TV Show)


The Secret (Movie)

Mike Dunmore (Actor)

Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

Producer (6)

Posse 1975 (Movie)


Summertree 1970 (Movie)


The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)


Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Devil's Disciple 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Posse 1975 (Movie)


Scalawag 1973 (Movie)

Other (1)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)


The archetypal Hollywood movie star of the postwar era, Kirk Douglas built a career with he-man roles as soldiers, cowboys and assorted tough guys in over 80 films. His restless, raging creations earned him three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and one Golden Globe win for his portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in "Lust for Life" (1956). But besides his lasting mark as a seething strong man with a superhero-like head of hair and the most famous dimpled chin this side of Shirley Temple, Douglas was a Tinseltown innovator and rebel. As one of the first A-listers to wrest further control of their career by founding an independent production company, Douglas also effectively ended the 1950s practice of blacklisting Hollywood talent suspected of communist ties when he insisted on crediting famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo for his script adaptation of "Spartacus" (1960). Douglas maintained his position as a perennial favorite - often opposite fellow tough guy Burt Lancaster - in Westerns and World War II films until the early 1970s, when changing tastes edged the timeworn genres into the wings. He began a second career as a writer and focused on the philanthropic efforts of The Douglas Foundation, occasionally surfacing throughout the 1980s and 1990s to portray irrepressible old firecrackers in made-for-TV movies and the occasional feature.


Bryna Danielovitch

Was a Russian Jewish immigrant from Gomel (now in Belarus)

Harry Danielovitch

Was a Russian Jewish immigrant from Gomel (now in Belarus)

Anne Douglas Producer

Married May 29, 1954; former publicity agent who counted Kirk among her clients; produced husband's feature directing debut "Scalawag" (1973)

Michael Douglas Actor

Born Sept. 25, 1944; mother, Diana Dill; Academy Award-wining actor ("Wall Street," 1987) and producer Co-starred with father Kirk, mother Diana, and son Cameron in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Diana Douglas Actor

Married Nov. 2, 1943 Divorced Feb. 23, 1951 Co-starred in "The Indian Fighter" (1955) Co-starred once again along with son Michael and grandson Cameron in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Eric Douglas Actor

Born June 21, 1958; mother, Anne Buydens; had highly publicized battles with addictions Died July 6, 2004 of a drug overdose

Joel Douglas Associate Producer

Born Jan. 23, 1947; mother, Diana Dill; head of Victorine Studios in Nice, France Produced several films including "It Runs in the Family" (2003), which starred her father, mother, and brother Michael

Peter Douglas Producer

Born Nov. 23, 1955; mother, Anne Buydens; wrote, directed, and produced "A Tiger's Tale" (1987)

Cameron Douglas Actor

Born Dec. 13, 1978 to Michael and Diandra Douglas; reportedly spent time in rehab for alcohol problems c. 1997; arrested in December 2009 for a methamphetamine-dealing charge and was sentenced to five years in prison on April 20, 2010 Co-starred with father Michael, grandfather Kirk, and grandmother Diana in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)


St. Lawrence University

Canton , New York 1938
Received a loan, which he paid back working part-time as a gardener and a janitor; was a champion wrestler while a student; Donated $1 million to the school in 1999

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1939 - 1941
Attended on scholarship; enrolled with fellow classmates Lauren Bacall and future wife Diana Dill

Wilbur H. Lynch High School

Amsterdam , New York
First became interested in drama



Performed his one-man show "Before I Forget" at a theater that bears his name in Culver City, CA; also released a documentary of the same name


Cast in "The Illusion," a film helmed by Michael A. Goorjian, who also co-starred


Teamed with son Michael and grandson Cameron in the feature film "It Runs in the Family"


Returned to acting after his stroke in the film "Diamonds," a comedy co-starring Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Bacall


Suffered a stroke, partially impairing his ability to speak


First feature starring role in eight years, "Greedy"


Received an Emmy nomination for his performance in "Yellow," an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" (HBO); co-starred with son Eric


Published first novel Dance with the Devil


Published autobiography The Ragman's Son


Portrayed Matthew Harrison Brady in the NBC TV-movie adaptation of "Inherit the Wind"


Last movie with Lancaster, "Tough Guys"


Nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for playing the title role in the CBS TV-movie, "Amos"


Starred in a dual role in the Australian Western, "The Man from Snowy River"


Helmed second feature, "Posse"; also produced and starred


Film directing debut, "Scalawag"; also produced and starred


Appeared in a made-for-TV musical version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"


Played General George Patton in "Is Paris Burning?"


Made debut as stage producer for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; also played the lead role of Randel Patrick McMurphy


Founded Joel Productions


Produced and starred in "Lonely Are the Brave"; third and final collaboration with screenwriter Trumbo


Made the call that ended the blacklist in Hollywood by openly hiring Dalton Trumbo to write "Spartacus"; also starred and produced


Produced and starred in second Bryna production, Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory"


Received third and last Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing Vincent Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"; third of four collaborations with director Minnelli


Formed Bryna Productions and produced first film "The Indian Fighter"; also starred


Received second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of ambitious movie producer Jonathan Shields in Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and the Beautiful"


Clinched star status with performance in "Champion"; received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor


Acted with Burt Lancaster in "I Walk Alone"; first of six features in which they would co-star together


Made feature acting debut in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"


First Broadway performance as Kirk Douglas, "The Three Sisters"


Made Broadway debut as a singing telegraph boy in "Spring Again"


Worked as drama coach for Greenwich House Settlement in NYC

Served with Navy during WWII; received medical discharge after accident involving depth charge

Bonus Trivia


In 1981, Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter.


He was appointed as a goodwill ambassador to the UN (a second time) in 1983.


Douglas was named a Knight by the Legion of Honor in Paris in 1985.


A portrait of Douglas titled "The Great and the Beautiful," which encapsulated his film career, art collection, philanthropy, and rehabilitation from a deadly helicopter crash and the aftermath of a severe stroke appeared in Palm Springs Life magazine in 1999.


The West Granada High School in the San Fernando Valley was renamed in Douglas' honor in February 2000.


In 2002, President George Bush presented Douglas with the National Medal of Arts


Douglas' charitable foundation supported Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Mission (home of the Anne Douglas Center for Women) and the Access Theater for the Handicapped.


In October 2004, the avenue "Kirk Douglas Way" in Palm Springs, CA was named in his honor by the Palm Springs International Film Society and Film Festival.


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