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Kirk Douglas

Highest Rated:   100% There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Villain (1979)
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Birthplace:   Amsterdam, New York, USA
Once quoted as saying "I've made a career of playing sons of bitches," Kirk Douglas is considered by many to be the epitome of the Hollywood hard man. In addition to acting in countless films over the course of his long career, Douglas has served as a director and producer, and will forever be associated with his role in helping to put an end to the infamous Hollywood black list.Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch) was the son Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Amsterdam, NY, on December 9, 1916. He waited tables to finance his education at St. Lawrence University, where he was a top-notch wrestler. While there, he also did a little work in the theater, something that soon gave way to his desire to pursue acting as a career. After some work as a professional wrestler, Douglas held various odd jobs, including a stint as a bellhop, to put himself through the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1941, he debuted on Broadway, but had only two small roles before he enlisting in the Navy and serving in World War II. Following his discharge, Douglas returned to Broadway in 1945, where he began getting more substantial roles; he also did some work on radio. After being spotted and invited to Hollywood by producer Hal Wallis, Douglas debuted onscreen in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), but he did not emerge as a full-fledged star until he portrayed an unscrupulously ambitious boxer in Champion (1949); with this role (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination), he defined one of his principle character types: a cocky, selfish, intense, and powerful man. Douglas fully established his screen persona during the '50s thanks to strong roles in such classics as Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951), William Wyler's Detective Story (1951), and John Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). He earned Oscar nominations for his work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956), both of which were directed by Vincente Minnelli. In 1955, the actor formed his own company, Bryna Productions, through which he produced both his own films and those of others, including Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960); both of these movies would prove to be two of the most popular and acclaimed of Douglas' career. In 1963, he appeared on Broadway in Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, but was never able to interest Hollywood in a film version of the work; he passed it along to his son Michael Douglas (a popular actor/filmmaker in his own right), who eventually brought it to the screen to great success.During the '60s, Douglas continued to star in such films as John Huston's The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) and John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May (1964), both of which he also produced. He began directing some of his films in the early '70s, scoring his greatest success as the director, star, and producer for Posse (1975), a Western in which he played a U.S. marshal eager for political gain. Though he continued to appear in films, by the '80s Douglas began volunteering much of his time to civic duties. Since 1963, he had worked as a Goodwill Ambassador for the State Department and the USIA, and, in 1981, his many contributions earned him the highest civilian award given in the U.S., the Presidential Medal of Freedom. For his public service, Douglas was also given the Jefferson Award in 1983. Two years later, the French government dubbed him Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for his artistic contributions. Other awards included the American Cinema Award (1987), the German Golden Kamera Award (1988), and the National Board of Review's Career Achievement Award (1989). In 1995, the same year he suffered a debilitating stroke, Douglas was presented with an honorary Oscar by the Academy; four years later, he was the recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that was accompanied by a screening of 16 of his films. In ad

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
  • Actor
2013
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff
  • Actor
2011
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
2007
36% Illusion
  • Donald Baines
2006
No Score Yet Gangsters
  • Actor
2005
28% It Runs in the Family
  • Mitchell Gromberg
2003
No Score Yet Vintage Classics - Hollywood Legends - 8 DVD Pack
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Pulp Cinema
  • Actor
2001
26% Diamonds
  • Harry
1999
29% Greedy
  • Uncle Joe
1994
No Score Yet The Lies Boys Tell
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Secret
  • Mike Dunmore
1992
13% Oscar
  • Snaps's Father
1991
No Score Yet World's Greatest Movie Challenge
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Inherit the Wind
  • Matthew Harrison Brady
1988
No Score Yet Queenie
  • David Konig
1987
62% Tough Guys
  • Harry Doyle
1986
No Score Yet Amos
  • Amos Lasher
1985
No Score Yet Draw!
  • Harry H. Holland
1984
No Score Yet Eddie Macon's Run
  • Carl "Buster" Marzack
1983
No Score Yet Remembrance of Love
  • Joe Rabin
1982
80% The Man from Snowy River
  • Harrison/Spur
1982
40% The Final Countdown
  • Capt. Matthew Yelland
1980
No Score Yet Home Movies
  • Dr. Tuttle 'The Maestro'
1980
18% Saturn 3
  • Adam
1980
No Score Yet David Sheehan Interviews the Stars
  • Actor
1980
0% The Villain
  • Cactus Jack
1979
80% The Fury
  • Peter Sandza
1978
No Score Yet The Chosen
  • Robert Caine
1977
No Score Yet Victory at Entebbe
  • Hershel Vilnofsky
1976
80% Posse
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Howard Nightingale
1975
No Score Yet Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough'
  • Mike Wayne
1975
No Score Yet Scalawag
  • Director
  • Long John Silver
1973
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll
1973
No Score Yet The Master Touch
  • Wallace
1972
No Score Yet Catch Me a Spy
  • Andrej
1971
No Score Yet A Gunfight
  • Will
1971
No Score Yet The Light at the Edge of the World
  • Denton
  • Producer
1971
No Score Yet Summertree
  • Producer
1971
No Score Yet Once Upon a Wheel
  • Actor
1971
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • Paris Pitman, Jr.
1970
14% The Arrangement
  • Eddie Anderson
1969
75% The Brotherhood
  • Producer
  • Frank
1968
83% The War Wagon
  • Lomax
1967
No Score Yet The Way West
  • Sen. William J. Tadlock
1967
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
1966
80% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)
  • Gen. George Patton
1966
40% In Harm's Way
  • Cmdr. Paul Eddington Jr.
1965
No Score Yet The Heroes of Telemark
  • Dr. Rolf Pedersen
1965
100% Seven Days in May
  • Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey
1964
No Score Yet The Hook
  • Sgt. P.J. Briscoe
1963
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • George Brougham
1963
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • John W. "Jack" Burns
1962
100% Two Weeks in Another Town
  • Jack Andrus
1962
60% Town Without Pity
  • Maj. Steve Garrett
1961
No Score Yet The Last Sunset
  • Brendan O'Malley
1961
96% Spartacus
  • Spartacus
  • Executive Producer
1960
No Score Yet Strangers When We Meet
  • Larry Coe
1960
80% Last Train from Gun Hill
  • Marshal Matt Morgan
1959
No Score Yet The Devil's Disciple
  • Executive Producer
  • Dick Dudgeon
1959
71% The Vikings
  • Einar
  • Executive Producer
1958
94% Paths of Glory
  • Col. Dax
1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Doc Holliday
1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair
  • Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
1957
100% Lust for Life
  • Vincent Van Gogh
1956
No Score Yet The Indian Fighter
  • Johnny Hawks
1955
No Score Yet Man Without a Star
  • Dempsey Rae
1955
No Score Yet The Racers
  • Gino
1955
No Score Yet Ulysses
  • Ulysses
1954
89% 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
  • Nautilus
1954
No Score Yet The Juggler
  • Hans Muller
1953
No Score Yet The Story of Three Loves
  • Pierre Narval
1953
96% The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Jonathan Shields
1953
100% The Big Sky
  • Jim Deakins
1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees
  • Jim Fallon
1952
67% Detective Story
  • Det. James McLeod
1951
89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
  • Charles Tatum
1951
No Score Yet Along the Great Divide
  • Marshal Len Merrick
1951
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie
  • Gentleman Caller
1950
No Score Yet Young Man With a Horn
  • Rick Martin
1950
94% A Letter to Three Wives
  • George Phipps
1949
92% Champion
  • Midge Kelly
1949
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho
  • Tucker Wedge
1948
No Score Yet I Walk Alone
  • Noll 'Dink' Turner
1948
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary
  • Owen Waterbury
1948
No Score Yet Mourning Becomes Electra
  • Actor
1947
97% Out of the Past
  • Witt
1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Walter O'Neil
1946
No Score Yet Los Grandes Arboles
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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