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Kirk Douglas

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Kirk Douglas
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
  • movie director
  • movie producer
  • philanthropist
Notable workMichael 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/branch United States Army
Years of service1941–1945
Rank Captain
Unit Army Medical Administrative Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
Awards Army Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal

Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) was an American actor and movie director. Douglas acted in many of Hollywood's well-known movies, including Spartacus. He also starred as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life.

His parents were Jews from the Russian Empire. He was the father of 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]


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  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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