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Kirk Douglas

1916-12-09 Amsterdam, New York, USA

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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.


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