Issur Danielovitch was born December 9, 1916, his parents were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, Mogilev Region, in the Russian Empire.
Right before World War II Issur legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the Navy. Douglas was
Kirk made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946. He soon developed into a box-office star landing many leading roles. Known for serious dramas, westerns, and war films. Throughout the span of his career that stretched 7 decades, Kirk appeared in over 90 films.
Douglas worked with Stanley Kubrick on two films 1957’s Paths of Glory and his most famous role as the lead in the 1960 blockbuster Spartacus.
Kirk received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also wrote 10 novels and memoirs. On the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema, he is ranked No.17.
Douglas lived with his second wife Anne Buydens they were married for 65 years. He became a centenarian in 2016 and was one of the
Our thoughts and prayers at IMU Media go out to Kirk’s family and friends. Kirk truly was a Hollywood icon and will live on forever through his films.
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