Kirk Douglas

American stage and film actor

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
Douglas in March 2011
Issur Danielovitch Demsky

(1916-12-09)December 9, 1916
DiedFebruary 5, 2020(2020-02-05) (aged 103)
Other namesIssur Danielovitch
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 (1954-2020; his death)
ChildrenMichael Douglas (born 1944)
Joel Douglas (born 1947)
Peter Douglas (born 1955)
Eric Douglas (1958-2004)
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

He was 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.

Douglas died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on February 5, 2020, at age 103.[1][2]


  1. McLellan, Dennis (February 5, 2020). "Kirk Douglas dead at 103; 'Spartacus' star helped end Hollywood blacklist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  2. Berkvist, Robert (February 5, 2020). "Kirk Douglas, a Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 103". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2020.

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