Melvyn Douglas

American actor (1901-1981)

Melvyn Douglas (born Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg; April 5, 1901 – August 4, 1981) was an American actor. He was known for his role in Ninotchka (1939) with Greta Garbo. He also appeared in Hud (1963) and Being There (1979). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in I Never Sang for My Father (1970).

Melvyn Douglas
MGM publicity photo of Douglas, c. 1939
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg

(1901-04-05)April 5, 1901
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 1981(1981-08-04) (aged 80)
Cause of deathCardiac arrest caused by pneumonia
Years active1927–1981
Rosalind Hightower
(m. 1925; div. 1930)

Helen Gahagan
(m. 1931; died 1980)
RelativesIlleana Douglas (granddaughter)

Douglas was one of 24 actors to win the Triple Crown of Acting.

In 1931, Douglas married actress-turned-politician Helen Gahagan.

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