Kirk Douglas

Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)
Birthday: Dec 9, 1916
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 addition to his film work, Douglas has also written tw


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100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Actor 2017
No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen Actor 2013
96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Actor $20.5K 2011
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
36% Illusion Donald Baines 2006
No Score Yet A Father...a Son...Once upon a Time in Hollywood Actor 2005
29% It Runs in the Family Mitchell Gromberg $7.4M 2003
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial Actor 1999
26% Diamonds Harry 1999
28% Greedy Uncle Joe 1994
No Score Yet The Lies Boys Tell Actor 1994
No Score Yet The Secret Mike Dunmore 1992
12% 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
57% 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
82% The Man from Snowy River Harrison/Spur 1982
44% The Final Countdown Capt. Matthew Yelland 1980
No Score Yet Home Movies Dr. Tuttle 'The Maestro' 1980
18% Saturn 3 Adam 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 Howard Nightingale Director Producer 1975
No Score Yet Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough' Mike Wayne 1975
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll 1973
No Score Yet Scalawag Director Long John Silver 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 Producer Denton 1971
No Score Yet Summertree Producer 1971
78% There Was a Crooked Man Paris Pitman, Jr. 1970
11% The Arrangement Eddie Anderson 1969
75% The Brotherhood Frank Producer 1968
90% 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
67% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Gen. George Patton 1966
40% In Harm's Way Cmdr. Paul Eddington Jr. 1965
80% The Heroes of Telemark Dr. Rolf Pedersen 1965
95% Seven Days in May Producer Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey 1964
No Score Yet The Hook Sgt. P.J. Briscoe 1963
69% The List of Adrian Messenger George Brougham 1963
92% Lonely are the Brave John W. "Jack" Burns Producer 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
No Score Yet The Devil's Disciple Executive Producer Dick Dudgeon 1959
80% Last Train from Gun Hill Marshal Matt Morgan 1959
75% The Vikings Einar Producer Executive Producer 1958
95% 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 Producer 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
70% Detective Story Det. James McLeod 1951
90% 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
80% 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
94% Out of the Past Witt 1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Walter O'Neil 1946


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