Kirk Douglas

American stage and film actor (1916-2020)

Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor and movie producer. His parents were Jews from the Russian Empire. Douglas has acted in many of Hollywood's most well-known of all time, including Spartacus. He also starred as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life.

Kirk Douglas
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Douglas in 1963
Issur Danielovitch Demsky

(1916-12-09)December 9, 1916
DiedFebruary 5, 2020(2020-02-05) (aged 103)
Other names
  • Isador Demsky
  • Izzy Demsky
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • philanthropist
Notable work
Michael Kelly
in Champion
Jonathan Shields in The Bad and the Beautiful
Vincent van Gogh
in Lust for Life
in Spartacus
Height5ft 9in (1.75 m)
Spouse(s)Diana Dill (1943-1951, divorced)
Anne Buydens (1954-2021)
Parent(s)Herschel Demsky
Bryna Sanglel
AwardsAcademy Honorary Award
1996 Lifetime Achievement
Honorary César
1980 Lifetime Achievement
Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1957 Lust for Life
Cecil B. DeMille Award
1968 Lifetime Achievement
Allegiance United States
Service/branchFlag of the United States Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1941–1945
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
UnitUSA - Army Medical Specialist Corps.png Army Medical Administrative Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsArmy Good Conduct Medal ribbon.svg Army Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal ribbon.svg Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal

He is also father to actor and producer Michael Douglas. He came in at #17 on AFI's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time and was one of two living actors on the list (Sidney Poitier is the other).

In 1995, he was given an Honorary Academy Award. In 1956, he won a Golden Globe Award.

Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 103.[1]


  1. Berkvist, Robert (February 5, 2020). "Kirk Douglas, a Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 103". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 11, 2020.

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