Who is Kirk Douglas?
Kirk Douglas was an American actor who is best known for his roles in “Spartacus” and “The Vikings” in a career that stretched across seven decades.
Full Name: Kirk Douglas
Date of Death: February 5, 2020
Date of Birth: December 9, 1916
Place of Birth: Amsterdam, New York
Father’s name: Herschel Danielovitch
Mother’s name: Bryna “Bertha”
Net Worth: $60 million
Relationship status: Married
Height: 5 ft.9 inches
Weight: 59 kg
Hair color: White
Eye color: Blue
Early/Personal life, Family:
He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York, USA. Douglas is the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Douglas grew up poor. He grew up along with her 5 siblings.
Career and Education:
He joined the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked odd jobs to pay for his college education.
Initially, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II — and a brief career on the Broadway stage — Douglas made his first Hollywood film, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), starring with Barbara Stanwyck.
Then, he appeared as a boxer who stops at nothing to make it to the top in Champion (1949). The role of Midge Kelly helped him to win his first Academy Award nomination.
Also, his other notable films include Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), a western drama, The Devil’s Disciple (1959) and Seven Days in May (1964), World War I drama Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960). Douglas’s work in Spartacus as a Roman slave (the film’s title character) who leads an uprising is considered to be one of his signature roles.
Furthermore, he also directed Scalawag (1973) and Posse (1975), who failed to make much of an impression on movie-goers. Furthermore, he appeared in The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Tough Guys (1986), which was his last on-screen reunion with Lancaster.
Relationships and Affairs:
He was blessed with two sons, Joel and Michael, with his first wife, Diana Dill. They married in 1943 but divorced in 1951. In 1954, he married Anne Buydens and welcomed two sons, Peter and Eric.
Previously, he was also in a relationship with Lauren Bacall, Lauren Bacall, Betty Kelly, Gene Tierney, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Peggy Diggins, Rita Hayworth, Lisa Ferraday, Patricia Knight, Mona Knox, Pier Angeli, Terry Moore, Ava Gardner and many more.
Kirk died on February 5, 2020, at the age of 103.