Kirk Douglas

Actor and Film Producer
Born Dec 9, 1916

Kirk Douglas is an American stage and film actor, film producer and author. His popular films include Out of the Past, Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Vikings (1958), Spartacus (1960), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and Tough Guys (1986).… Read More

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  • Kirk Douglas On Trumbo
    NYTimes - Dec 29, 2011
  • John Farr: Kirk Douglas Turns 95!
    The Huffington Post - Dec 08, 2011
  • Theater Review: 'the Night Watcher' At The Kirk Douglas Theatre
    LATimes - Nov 22, 2011
  • '20000 Leagues Under The Sea' Story Details & Production Update Screen Rant
    Google News - Aug 29, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kirk Douglas.


1916 Birth Born on December 9, 1916.


1941 24 Years Old Douglas first wanted to be an actor after he recited the poem The Red Robin of Spring while in kindergarten and received applause. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941, shortly after the United States entered World War II, and was medically discharged for war injuries in 1944.
1943 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He married Diana Dill on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, Michael in 1944 and Joel in 1947, before they divorced in 1951. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old …  In 1947 Douglas made Out of the Past (UK: Build My Gallows High). … Read More
1949 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, after a lead role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor, Douglas became a star. … Read More
1951 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Douglas starred as a newspaper reporter anxiously looking for a big story in Ace in the Hole, director Billy Wilder's first effort as both writer and producer. … Read More
1954 37 Years Old They married on May 29, 1954, and in 2014 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. … Read More
1955 38 Years Old …  In 1955, Douglas formed his own movie company, Bryna Productions, named after his mother. … Read More


1963 46 Years Old Douglas bought the rights to the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from its author, Ken Kesey. He turned it into a play in 1963 in which he starred, and it ran on Broadway for five months. … Read More


1970 53 Years Old 1 More Event
Between 1970 and 2008, Douglas made nearly 40 movies and appeared on various television shows.
1973 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, he directed his first film, Scalawag.


1978 61 Years Old In 1978, he costarred with John Cassavetes and Amy Irving in a horror film, The Fury, directed by Brian De Palma.
1980 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, he starred in The Final Countdown, playing the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, which travels through time to the day before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. … Read More
1981 - 1982 2 More Events
1986 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, he reunited with his longtime costar, Burt Lancaster, in a crime comedy, Tough Guys, which included Charles Durning and Eli Wallach.
1988 - 1996 3 More Events
1999 82 Years Old 1 More Event
He underwent years of voice therapy and made Diamonds in 1999, in which he played an old prizefighter who was recovering from a stroke. … Read More
2003 86 Years Old In 2003, his sons Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas produced It Runs in the Family, which along with Kirk starred various family members, including Michael, Michael's son, and his wife from 50 years earlier, Diana Dill, playing his wife. … Read More
Eric Douglas died on July 6, 2004, of a drug overdose. … Read More
2006 89 Years Old He notes in his memoir, Let's Face It (2007), that he felt compelled to write to former president Jimmy Carter in 2006 in order to stress that "Israel is the only successful democracy in the Middle East... and has had to endure many wars against overwhelming odds. … Read More
2014 97 Years Old In a 2014 article, Douglas cited 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, and Seven Days in May as the films he was most proud of throughout his acting career. … Read More
2015 98 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 2015, Kirk and his wife donated $2.3 million to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. … Read More
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