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, was an American actor. Young Kirk Douglas began his acting career on radio, theater and in commercials in New York City.
He got his first big break in a play "Kiss and Tell" (1943).
He made his big screen debut in noir drama film The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) in role as Walter O'Neil, with Barbara Stanwyck.
Kirk's breakthrough performance 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 Awards for Best Actor for his roles in movies:
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) melodrama in role as Jonathan Shields
Lust for Life (1956) biographical drama in role as Vincent van Gogh, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Detective Jim McLeod in drama crime film Detective Story (1951).
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor for his role as John W. "Jack" Burns in Western drama movie Lonely Are the Brave (1962).
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
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
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
He starred in seven films with Burt Lancaster:
Victory at Entebbe (1976) thriller action
Tough Guys (1986) action comedy
Seven Days in May (1964) political thriller
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) mystery drama
I Walk Alone (1947) drama crime
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) western
The Devil's Disciple (1959) comedy romance
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Amos Lasher in television drama film Amos (1985).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as General Kalthrob in HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt (1991).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Ross Burger in CBS supernatural drama series Touched by an Angel (1994) in episode "Bar Mitvah".
Graduated from St. Lawrence University (1939), with a degree in English in Canton, NY.
Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Kirk has acted in over 90 films during his career.
He served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare aboard USS PC-1137 in the United States Navy (1941-1944).
He is a father of actor Michael Douglas.
Received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1996.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.
He established Bryna Productions in 1955.
Received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991.
Published his autobiography, The Ragman's Son in 1988.
Received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1968.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6263 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.
He was friends with Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis and Steven Spielberg.
Kirk died on February 5, 2020, Beverly Hills, California, U.S., at the age of 103.
He was married to:
Diana Dill (1943-1951), they had two sons
Anne Buydens (1954-2020), they had two sons
He dated Sylva Koscina (1967), Pier Angeli (1952-1953), Mona Knox (1952), Lisa Ferraday (1952), Lana Turner (1951-1953), Elizabeth Threatt (1951-1953), Patricia Neal (1949), Evelyn Keyes (1949), Peggy Diggins (1935-1938) and Linda Darnell (1948).
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.