Kirk Douglas Fact Sheet: Who was Kirk Douglas? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Kirk Douglas.
Kirk Douglas Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1916 - present *** Full Name: Issur Danielovitch, Kirk Douglas and Izzy Demsky *** Occupation: American Actor, Producer, Director and Author *** Date of Birth: Kirk Douglas was born on December 9th 1916 *** Place of Birth: Kirk Douglas was born in Amsterdam, New York, United States *** Family background: His father was Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch and his mother was Bryna “Bertha” Sanglel *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with the name Izzy Demsky, which was the surname adopted by his uncle and his father having been Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire, he kept this name until he joined the United States Navy. He also grew up with six sisters *** Education: Kirk Douglas was educated through the usual school system. Although it has been said he talked his way into attending St Lawrence University and having been granted a loan, worked part time as a janitor and gardener to pay his way ***
Kirk Douglas Fact 1: Kirk Douglas was born on 9th December 1916 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Kirk Douglas Fact 4: During one summer while he was working the summer stock theatre while on term break from college he began using the name Kirk Douglas. The summer was the first time he actually earned money as an actor.
Kirk Douglas Fact 9: Having not even considered auditioning for film roles it was only when Lauren Bacall recommended him for part to director Hal Wallis that he even considered it.
Kirk Douglas Fact 10: It was noted right off the bat that Douglas had a certain quality about him that went beyond mere talent.
Kirk Douglas Fact 11: It was his eighth film, Champion in 1949 that would catapult him into the big leagues. Portraying a selfish boxer would garner him an Academy Award nomination with the film being nominated for six awards in total.
Kirk Douglas Fact 16: After his marriage broke down in was several years before he met and married Anny Buydens while on location for a film in Paris. They married in May of 1954 and celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in 2014.
Kirk Douglas Fact 17: Kirk and Anne have two sons together, Peter and Eric. Eric Douglas died of a drug overdose in 2004.
Kirk Douglas Fact 18: For his part in bringing an end to the Hollywood Blacklist it was Kirk who, having starred in the movie Spartacus, publicly acknowledged Dalton Trumbo.
Influence & Legacy: This man has a back catalogue of in excess of ninety films he has made during his career.
List of Film starring Kirk Douglas: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers *** Champion *** Ace in the Hole *** The Bad and the Beautiful *** Act of Love *** 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea *** The Indian Fighter *** Lust for Life *** Paths of Glory *** Spartacus *** Lonely Are the Brave *** Seven Days in May ***
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