Kirk Douglas young
December 9, 1916
5 ft 9 in | 175 cm
76 kg | 167 lbs
Kirk Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, U.S. on December 9, 1916, is an American actor. Young Kirk Douglas began his acting career on radio, theater and in commercials. He made his big screen debut in noir drama film The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) in role as Walter O'Neil. Kirk's breakthrough role came as Michael "Midge" Kelly in noir drama sport film Champion (1949), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles as Jonathan Shields in melodrama film The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and as Vincent van Gogh in biographical drama film Lust for Life (1956).
He received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1996.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) western with Burt Lancaster
In Harm's Way (1965) drama war with John Wayne
The War Wagon (1967) western with John Wayne
The Vikings (1958) epic historical action with Tony Curtis
Out of the Past (1947) noir opposite Robert Mitchum
Detective Story (1951) drama crime in role as Detective Jim McLeod
Seven Days in May (1964) political thriller with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner
Lonely Are the Brave (1962) Western drama with Walter Matthau
The Fury (1978) supernatural horror in role as Peter Sandza
Young Man with a Horn (1950) musical drama with Doris Day and Lauren Bacall
Ace in the Hole (1951) noir drama in role as Chuck Tatum
Tough Guys (1986) action comedy with Burt Lancaster
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) adventure drama with James Mason
Paths of Glory (1957) drama directed by Stanley Kubrick
The Final Countdown (1980) science fiction action with Martin Sheen
Kirk has acted in over 90 films during his career.
He is a father of actor Michael Douglas.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
He appeared in seven films with Burt Lancaster.
Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6263 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
Friends with Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis and Steven Spielberg.
He was married to Diana Dill (1943-1951), they had two sons.
He married producer Anne Buydens in 1954, they had two sons.
Lives in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
I guess I was a bad boy... Yes, yes, I've had lots of women in my life.
Acting is make-believe. I never believe I'm the character; I want you to believe.
When you become a star, you don't change. Everyone else does.
Fame is as much about luck as it is about talent, perhaps more.
All children are natural actors, and I'm still a kid. If you grow up completely, you can never be an actor.
My first job was on Broadway. Then I went into the Navy. When I came out of the Navy, I went back to Broadway and a friend of mine, Lauren Bacall, was in Hollywood filming with Humphrey Bogart. She told one of her producers I was great in my play, and he saw it and cast me in 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers'.
I don't need a critic to tell me I'm an actor. I make my own way. Nobody's my boss. Nobody's ever been my boss.