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Birthday: December 9, 1916
Place: Amsterdam, New York, USA
Height: 5' 9"
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Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name give to his best-selling 1988 autobiography) of Russian-Jewish ancestry to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas was actually born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified an acting scholarship as a way out of his meager existence, and was sufficiently talented to gain entry into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He only appeared in a handful of minor Broadway productions before joining the US Navy in 1941, and then after the end of hostilities in 1945, returned to the theater and some radio work. On the insistence of ex-classmate Lauren Bacall movie producer Hal B. Wallis screen-tested Douglas and cast him in the lead role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). His performance received rave reviews and further work quickly followed, including an appearance in the low-key drama I Walk Alone (1948), the first time he worked alongside fellow future screen legend Burt Lancaster. Such was the strong chemistry between the two that they appeared in seven films together, including the dynamic western Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), the John Frankenheimer political thriller Seven Days in May (1964) and their final pairing in the gangster comedy Tough Guys (1986). Douglas once said about his good friend: "I've finally gotten away from Burt Lancaster. My luck has changed for the better. I've got nice-looking girls in my films now".After appearing in "I Walk Alone", Douglas scored his first Oscar nomination playing the untrustworthy and opportunistic boxer Midge Kelly in the gripping Champion (1949). The quality of his work continued to garner the attention of critics and he was again nominated for Oscars for his role as a film producer in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and as tortured painter Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), both directed by Vincente Minnelli. In 1955 Douglas launched his own production company, Bryna Productions, the company behind two pivotal film roles in his career. The first was as French army officer Col. Dax in director Stanley Kubrick's brilliant anti-war epic Paths of Glory (1957). Douglas reunited with Kubrick for yet another epic, the magnificent Spartacus (1960). The film also marked a key turning point in the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" hysteria in the 1950s. At Douglas' insistence Trumbo was given on-screen credit for his contributions, which began the dissolution of the infamous blacklisting policies begun almost a decade previously that had destroyed so many careers and lives.Douglas remained busy throughout the 1960s, starring in many films,. He played a rebellious modern-day cowboy in Lonely Are the Brave (1962), acted alongside John Wayne in the World War II story In Harm's Way (1965), again with The Duke in a drama about the Israeli fight for independence, Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and once more with Wayne in the tongue-in-cheek western The War Wagon (1967). Additionally, in 1963 he starred in an onstage production of Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", but despite his keen interest, no Hollywood studio could be convinced to bring the story to the screen. However, the rights remained with the Douglas clan, and Kirk's talented son Michael Douglas finally filmed the tale in 1975, starring Jack Nicholson. Into the 1970s Douglas wasn't as busy as previous years; however, he starred in some unusual vehicles, including alongside a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the loopy western comedy The Villain (1979), then with Farrah Fawcett in the sci-fi thriller Saturn 3 (1980) and then he traveled to Australia for the horse opera/drama The Man from Snowy River (1982).Unknown to many, Kirk has long been involved in humanitarian causes and has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the US State Department since 1963. His efforts were rewarded in 1981 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1983 with the Jefferson Award. Furthermore, the French honored him with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. More recognition followed for his work with the American Cinema Award (1987), the German Golden Kamera Award (1987), The National Board of Reviews Career Achievement Award (1989), an honorary Academy Award (1995), Recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and the UCLA Medal of Honor (2002). Despite a helicopter crash and a stroke suffered in the 1990s, he remains active and continues to appear in front of the camera.
- Recipient of American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement award, with screening of 16 his films. [December 1999]
- Ranked #53 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- Born Issur Danielovitch to father Jacob Danielovitch, and mother Channa, from Russia, who came to America in 1912.
- Suffered a stroke. 
- Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter on 17th January 1981. This is the highest US honor a civilian can receive.
- Turned down 2 Oscar winning roles: Lee Marvin's role in Cat Ballou (1965) and William Holden's role in Stalag 17 (1953).
- Father of 4 sons: Michael Douglas, Eric Douglas, Joel Douglas and Peter Douglas.
- Earned ,000 for saying the only English word at the end of a 1980s Japanese TV commercial: "Coffee".
- Speaks German (fluently, but not accent-free) and also French.
- Survived a helicopter crash on 23 February 1991 in which two people were killed. He was left with a debilitating back injury.
- Kirk has celebrated his Bar Mitzvah twice. Once, obviously, when he was 13 years old and the other time when he was 83 years old.
- President Class Of 1939, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York. Graduated with a degree in English.
- Received a UCLA Medal of honor 14 June 2002 from the University of California, Los Angeles, during school's graduation ceremony for theater, film and television students. Previous recipients include former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and actors Laurence Olivier and Carol Burnett.
- Granddaughter, Carys Zeta born. [21 April 2003]
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1984.
- Father-in-law of Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Was originally cast to play Col. Sam Trautman in First Blood (1982), but walked out on the project. Douglas wanted substantial changes made to the script, specifically that John Rambo die at the hands of Trautman, like the character did in the novel. The writers held their ground and refused. Richard Crenna was eventually cast in the role.
- He was voted the 36th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- He wore lifts in many of his films, which made him appear about 5' 11" or 6 feet on screen. Once, as a prank, Burt Lancaster found Douglas's lifts on a film set and hid them from him, which allegedly infuriated the shorter actor.
- Kirk had a fully Jewish upbringing, but did not practice extensively as an adult. This changed when, in his 80s, he had a second Bar Mitzvah, reaffirming his faith and causing him to practice again.
- was named #17 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute
- Had a pacemaker fitted following a heart attack in a restaurant in 1989.
- President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980
- Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970
- He and Burt Lancaster acted together in 7 movies: Victory at Entebbe (1976) (TV), Tough Guys (1986), Seven Days in May (1964), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), I Walk Alone (1948), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and _The Devil's Disciple (1959)_
- He was not as good of a friend with Burt Lancaster as was often perceived. The closeness of their friendship was largely fabricated by the publicity-wise Douglas, while, in reality, Lancaster was often cruel and dismissive to Douglas.
- He had both knees replaced in 2005, against the advice of his doctors. The operation was a success.
- After his son, Michael was fired from the stage production of the play, Summer Tree, Kirk bought the stage and film rights to the story and gave to Michael to star in.
- Grandfather of 7 children: Cameron Douglas (b. 13 December 1978), Dylan Michael Douglas (b. 8 August 2000), Carys Zeta Douglas (b. 20 April 2003) (children of his son Michael Douglas), Kelsey (b. 1992), Tyler (b. 1996), Ryan (b. 2000) and Jason (b. 2003) (children of his son Peter Douglas)
- Former father-in-law of Diandra Douglas
- Appeared in a stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He later bought the film rights. This is why his son Michael is credited as a producer of the film.
- If he had not heeded wife Anne's advice, Douglas would have been on producer Michael Todd's doomed private plane in 1958, a fated flight that then Todd's wife Elizabeth Taylor actually canceled due to a bad cold
- Met his German wife-to-be Anne (Buydens) when she applied for a job as his assistant on the French location shoot for the movie Un acte d'amour (1953)
- He was awarded the American National Medal of Arts in 2001 from the National Endowment of the Arts.
- Kirk Douglas lived in Palm Springs, California for more than 40 years. In October, 2005, the city honored him by naming a lushly- landscaped drive "Kirk Douglas Way". It winds around part of Palm Springs International Airport. A lavish ceremony and party was given by the Palm Springs International Film Society and International Film Festival and was attended by the actor, his wife, Anne, and their three surviving sons. His son, Joel, also a Palm Springs resident, was responsible for the campaign.
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