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Kirk Douglas

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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Dec 9, 1916 In Amsterdam, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946-08-19
Latest Project:
Movie Kubrick by Kubrick 2020-10-22
Known For
Poster of Der Große Preis
Poster of The Vikings
Poster of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Poster of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Movie Kubrick by Kubrick Self (archive footage) 2020-10-22
Movie The Untameable Kirk Douglas Himself 2017-06-01
Movie If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast Himself 2017-06-05
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... Unknown 2014-02-01
Movie Hollywood au pied du terril Himself 2014-12-31
Movie Stanley Kubrick in Focus Himself 2012-11-30
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Himself – Interviewee 2010-05-05
Movie Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget Himself 2009-11-24
Movie Empire State Building Murders Jim Kovalski 2008-08-14
Movie Trumbo Himself / Interviewee 2007-09-10
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino Himself 2007-06-19
Movie A Father… A Son… Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Himself 2005-09-02
Movie Illusion Donald Baines 2004-10-25
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Himself 2003-02-21
Movie It Runs in the Family Mitchell Gromberg 2003-04-25
Movie The Heroes of Telemark: Location report from Norway Unknown 2003-10-31
Movie FBI contre Hollywood Himself 2001-08-14
Movie Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir Self 2001-10-01
Movie Tales from the Crypt - The Robert Zemeckis Collection General Kalthrob 1999-09-07
Movie Diamonds Harry Agensky 1999-12-10
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Completely Cuckoo Himself 1997-12-16
Movie The Universal Story Himself (archive footage) 1996-04-21
Series Clive Anderson All Talk Unknown 1996-10-06
Movie A Century of Cinema Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie Greedy Uncle Joe McTeague 1994-03-04
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie The Lies Boys Tell Ed Reese 1994-12-18
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Two-Fisted Tales General Calthrop 1992-01-18
Movie The Secret Grandpa Mike Dunmore 1992-04-19
Movie Oscar Eduardo Provolone 1991-04-26
Movie Welcome to Veraz Quentin 1991-06-21
Movie Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Under the Sea Ned Land (archive footage) 1990-08-14
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady 1988-03-20
Series Queenie David Konig 1987-05-10
Movie Queenie David Konig 1987-05-10
Movie Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary Himself 1986-01-14
Movie Tough Guys Archie Long 1986-10-03
Movie Amos Amos Lasher 1985-09-29
Movie Draw! Harry H. Holland aka Handsome Harry Holland 1984-06-15
Movie Eddie Macon's Run Carl 'Buster' Marzack 1983-03-23
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie James Bond: The First 21 Years Himself 1983-05-27
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie Let Poland Be Poland Unknown 1982-01-31
Movie The Man from Snowy River Harrison / Spur 1982-03-25
Movie Remembrance Of Love Joe Rabin 1982-12-06
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "I Walk Alone") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Series Verstehen Sie Spaß? Unknown 1980-01-31
Movie The Final Countdown Capt. Matthew Yelland 1980-01-31
Movie Saturn 3 Adam 1980-02-15
Movie Home Movies Dr. Tuttle 1980-05-16
Movie The Villain Cactus Jack 1979-07-26
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda Himself 1978-03-15
Movie The Fury Peter Sandza 1978-03-10
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Holocaust 2000 Robert Caine 1977-11-25
Series Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers Alex Vandervoort 1976-12-04
Movie Victory at Entebbe Herschel Vilnofsky 1976-12-13
Movie Posse Howard Nightingale 1975-06-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Movie Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough Mike Wayne 1975-06-20
Movie Mousey George Anderson 1974-05-24
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney Himself 1974-03-18
Series Der Große Preis himself 1974-09-05
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde 1973-03-07
Movie Scalawag Peg 1973-04-22
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Movie The Special London Bridge Special The Indian Fighter 1972-01-01
Movie The Master Touch Steve Wallace 1972-12-08
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie The Light at the Edge of the World Will Denton 1971-07-16
Movie A Gunfight Will Tenneray 1971-08-25
Movie Catch Me a Spy Andrej 1971-09-06
Movie There Was a Crooked Man... Paris Pitman, Jr. 1970-09-18
Series The Johnny Cash Show Unknown 1969-06-07
Movie The Arrangement Eddie Anderson 1969-11-18
Movie Rowan & Martin At the Movies Himself 1968-01-01
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie A Lovely Way to Die Jim Schuyler 1968-07-12
Movie The Brotherhood Frank Ginetta 1968-12-01
Movie The Way West Sen. William J. Tadlock 1967-05-24
Movie The War Wagon Lomax 1967-05-26
Series Goldene Kamera Verleihung Himself 1966-01-25
Movie Cast a Giant Shadow Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus 1966-03-30
Movie Is Paris Burning? General Patton 1966-10-26
Movie Kirk Douglas Himself 1966-12-31
Movie In Harm's Way Commander Paul Eddington, Jr. 1965-04-05
Movie The Heroes of Telemark Dr. Rolf Pedersen 1965-11-22
Movie Seven Days in May Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey 1964-02-12
Movie For Love or Money Donald Kenneth "Deke" Gentry 1963-08-07
Movie The Hook Sgt. P.J. Briscoe 1963-02-15
Movie The List of Adrian Messenger George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson 1963-05-23
Movie Two Weeks in Another Town Jack Andrus 1962-08-17
Movie Lonely Are the Brave John W. "Jack" Burns 1962-05-24
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Last Sunset Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley 1961-06-06
Movie Town Without Pity Major Garrett 1961-10-10
Movie Strangers When We Meet Larry Coe 1960-06-29
Movie Spartacus Spartacus 1960-10-13
Movie Last Train from Gun Hill Marshal Matt Morgan 1959-07-29
Movie The Devil's Disciple Richard Dudgeon 1959-08-20
Movie Operation Petticoat Welding Seaman (uncredited) 1959-12-05
Movie The Vikings Einar 1958-06-11
Movie Paths of Glory Col. Dax 1957-09-18
Movie Top Secret Affair Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin 1957-01-30
Movie Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday 1957-05-30
Series Tony Awards Presenter 1956-04-01
Movie Walt Disney's Where Do the Stories Come From? Himself 1956-04-03
Movie Lust for Life Vincent van Gogh 1956-09-15
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Man Without a Star Dempsey Rae 1955-03-24
Movie The Racers Gino Borgesa 1955-02-04
Movie The Indian Fighter Johnny Hawks 1955-12-21
Movie Ulysses Ulysses 1954-10-06
Movie The Disneyland Story Unknown 1954-10-27
Movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ned Land 1954-12-23
Series The Academy Awards Himself 1953-03-18
Movie The Story of Three Loves Pierre Narval 1953-03-26
Movie Act of Love Robert Teller 1953-12-17
Movie The Juggler Hans Muller 1953-05-11
Movie The Big Sky Jim Deakins 1952-08-19
Movie The Big Trees Jim Fallon 1952-02-05
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Bad and the Beautiful Jonathan Shields 1952-12-25
Movie Along the Great Divide Marshal Len Merrick 1951-06-02
Movie Ace in the Hole Chuck Tatum 1951-06-29
Movie Detective Story Det. James 'Jim' McLeod 1951-11-01
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Young Man with a Horn Rick Martin 1950-03-01
Movie The Glass Menagerie Jim O'Connor 1950-09-28
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie A Letter to Three Wives George Phipps 1949-01-20
Movie Champion Michael 'Midge' Kelly 1949-04-09
Movie The Walls of Jericho Tucker Wedge 1948-11-22
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie My Dear Secretary Owen Waterbury 1948-11-05
Movie Mourning Becomes Electra Peter Niles 1947-11-19
Movie I Walk Alone Noll 'Dink' Turner 1947-12-31
Movie Out of the Past Whit Sterling 1947-11-25
Movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Walter O'Neil 1946-08-19