He started his acting career in 1939 and changed his name to Kirk Douglas, which became a completely American-sounding name. Then he joined the Navy in 1941, serving as a communications officer on the submarine for 3 years. He was preparing to be a stage actor for a long time, initially receiving radio and theatre productions. One of her classmates, Lauren Bacall, helped Douglas to his first film role. He returned to the stage only in 1945, and a year later, he began his film career with a smaller role. But they quickly saw the possibilities in him and assigned him many roles, not putting him in a category. He was playing a role as a dramatic hero, a romantic man and even an athlete.
Then, with the help of his classmate Lauren Bacall, he got a role in a movie: Martha Ivers’ Strange Love in 1946, in which he was playing a pretty badass man. Then in 1949, in The Champion, Lover of the Sun bibliography movie as Vincent van Gogh was nominated for an Oscar in 1956. The Golden Globe was awarded to him as the Best Actor in 1957 as Van Gogh in The Lover of the Day.
In 1955 he already founded his own company, his first film The Paths of Glory was shot in 1957. In the absence of interest, Douglas bought the film rights of The Cuckoo’s Nest from Ken Kesey, which he eventually gave to his son. And in 1975, Michael made the film a huge success, as a thanks to his father’s former generosity. One of the most Oscar-winning films of all time, he won five out of nine nominations, from them the most prestigious ones. Best film, best female and male actor, best director and best screenplay winner.
The best known is The Rerun of the Six-Stroke Western in 1957, but the real star role which everyone knows was Spartacus in 1960.
After Spartacus, he didn’t have that many roles, but his films are memorable, like: Seven Days of May 1964, which was a political thriller. In the eighties, The final countdown, Oscar. The last role he starred in was in the tv show in 2008 the Empire State Building Murderers. Despite all, he has been playing in numerous films, totalling 90, in cinema and classic also.
In addition to acting, he was a producer, director and writer who played a major role in eradicating the Hollywood blockbuster in 1960.
Kirk Douglas is 17th on the list of the 100 largest men on the list of film legends led by the American Film Institute.
Only few people know, but he has written 12 books, the latest being published in 2017, which from the collected letters from his second marriage, its title: Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood.
Kirk Douglas, is from Russia, an American actor and producer, been married twice. His first wife, Diana Dill, who he got married to 1943 and divorced in 1951. Two boys were born, actor and producer Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas who is producer.
His second wife, Anne Buydens, who he got married in 1954 and they celebrated their diamond wedding in 2014, this faith is a rarity among actors. With Anne he also had two boys, Peter Douglas producer and actor Eric Douglas. Eric died in 2004.
The actor legend got a severe stroke in 1996, he had difficulty learning to speak again, and couldn’t be completely cured, and he could speak only to a limited extent.
He wrote a book about it, titled My Luck of Luck, in which he wrote about how he experienced the aftermath of a stroke and wanted to give some guidance to others with it. Collecting his experiences, he described how to treat a stroke patient in the family.
His work has been rewarded with several awards: – Nominate Oscar, Golden Globe Award, in 1956, with the Lover of the Sun film. Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award in 1967, Presidential Freedom Award in 1981, Life Award in 1995, César Award, Screen Actors Guild Life Award in 1999, Gold Bear Award in 2001, just to name a few.
With these lines, his son Michael Douglas let the world know that in his greatest pain, his father the movie legend is resting in peace and he is already playing on the stage in heaven.
“It is with great sadness that I and my brothers will tell that Kirk Douglas left us here at the age of 103. To the world, he was a legend, an actor of the Golden Age, who lived well in his golden years, was a humanitarian, who committed to justice, and encouraged us all to strive for the same.”
Michael, his son finally ended his lines with this sentence:
“I close my thoughts with those words I said to him on his last birthday, and those words will remain true forever: Dad, I love you very much and I’m proud to be your son.”
Kirk Douglas is one of the longest-playing actors who died on February 5 at the age of 103. He was a great warrior from a young age, and there is nothing more to prove this than being one of the best-known, and best character as a warrior in Spartacus, the one that still favours Kirk Douglas.
On his 100th birthday, he thought back to his life with gratitude and expressed concern for the future.
“The world is in turmoil, and it is our job to bring it in order to our children and grandchildren. Shooting is commonplace, from schools to synagogues. People are being harassed, and killed in the streets. The world is too divided and we need to put an end to it.”
And his message to people was:
“There is so much hate in this world these days, I want people to treat each other with love and respect”