Kirk Douglas

American actor and film producer Kirk Douglas

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), Seven Days in May (1964), The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and Tough Guys (1986).
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Kirk Douglas on Trumbo
NYTimes - about 6 years
The actor-producer <a class="fplink fp-165510" href="/kirk+douglas">Kirk Douglas</a> writes about his blacklisted friend Dalton Trumbo.
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John Farr: Kirk Douglas Turns 95!
The Huffington Post - about 6 years
Should we call him "Spartacus"? Or "Champion"? Both names certainly fit the man. <a class="fplink fp-165510" href="/kirk+douglas">Kirk Douglas</a> turns 95 tomorrow, and he is still very much with...
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Theater review: 'The Night Watcher' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
LATimes - over 6 years
Charlayne Woodard’s manner is so disarmingly anecdotal in her effervescent solo show, “The Night Watcher,” that it takes a moment to realize that this isn’t our best girlfriend sharing confidences from the stage of the <a class="fplink fp-165510" href="/kirk+douglas">Kirk Douglas</a> Theatre but a performer whose luminous talent exceeds her limited stardom. She begins with a tale involving another gifted African American actress, the more famous Alfre Woodard (no relation), who called her up out of the blue to get Woodard and her husband to consider adopting a mixed-race baby that was about to be delivered at a Los Angeles hospital. This would seem to be an unusual thing to urge on a colleague, but it seems that many people have had a similar desire to put Woodard’s nurturing skills to good use. “The Night Watcher” can be seen as one woman’s defense of remaining childless. But it’s really about the many ways in which maternal love can be shown in a world badly in need of more gui...
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'20000 Leagues Under the Sea' Story Details & Production Update - Screen Rant
Google News - over 6 years
While there will naturally be major differences between Fincher&#39;s take on the tale of Captain Nemo and the Mouse House&#39;s previous 1954 film version (no singing Kirk Douglas, this time around), there&#39;s been some question as to how much the new 20000
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"This," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre this weekend, has potential but doesn't ... - Daily Bruin (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Daily Bruin arts and entertainment blog that brings you news, profiles, reviews and event coverage from around the UCLA community. Check back daily for all the latest in arts and entertainment. “This” – a simple title for a simple play
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The (Nearly Legendary) Kirk Douglas - In & Out of Anthem
Google News - over 6 years
For many, the name “Kirk Douglas” conjures the image of the iconic actor, a legend in the world of film. For choir students at Boulder Creek High School, that Kirk Douglas probably isn&#39;t (and never has been) on their radar. But another Kirk Douglas,
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STAGE TUBE: THIS Opens at the Kirk Douglas Theatre - Broadway World
Google News - over 6 years
THIS by Melissa James Gibson and directed by Daniel Aukin will play the Kirk Douglas Theatre through August 28, 2011. Click below to watch video footage from opening night! At the heart of &quot;This&quot; is Jane, a single mom in her late 30s who has shut down
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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: From Simone Weil to Kirk Douglas - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Said on-the-lam friend is Kirk Douglas, earlier in the week the winner of the 2011 SFJFF Freedom of Expression Award. My dad allows as how he&#39;d like to have seen Kirk accept the award, given out at the Castro in SF the week before (along with a
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'This' opens in Culver City with Kirk Douglas watching - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
Kirk and Anne Douglas sat front row, center, at Sunday&#39;s opening night performance of &quot;This,&quot; Melissa James Gibson&#39;s play about changing relationships, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. &quot;I come to everything,&quot; said Douglas. &quot;Of course I do
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Kirk Douglas: 'Romance and appreciation for my wife's beauty began at 80' - Daily Mail
Google News - over 6 years
But for Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, it seems he had to wait until 80 to properly open his heart to the romance of the world. The legendary actor has revealed that it wasn&#39;t until his ninth decade that he gained a full
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Theater review: 'Sleeping Beauty Wakes' at La Jolla Playhouse - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
The show, which is playing at the La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with New Jersey&#39;s McCarter Theatre Center, is a retooled version of a musical that had its world premiere in 2007 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. That earlier staging, a collaboration
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Kirk Douglas Visits The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post
Google News - over 6 years
That was the sentiment amongst the &quot;Spartacus&quot;-fans who lined up at the Castro Theatre when 94-year-old Kirk Douglas took to the stage at the Jewish Film Festival. (Yes, the Kirk Douglas--the silver screen idol with the dimpled chin and chiseled
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Kirk Douglas: in 'pretty good shape' at 94 -
Google News - over 6 years
Kirk Douglas has had to fight all his life for his blacklisted friends, for his family, even for his dimple. And now, aged 94? He&#39;s a lover, not a fighter Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas Buydens Circa 1965. Photo: ALAMY By Nigel Farndale No sooner does
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kirk Douglas
  • 2015
    Age 98
    To celebrate his 99th birthday in December 2015, they donated another $15 million to help expand the facility with a new two-story Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion.
    In March 2015, Kirk and his wife donated $2.3 million to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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  • 2014
    Age 97
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 89
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 87
    In Culver City, they opened the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2004.
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    Although his children had a non-Jewish mother, Douglas states that they were "aware culturally" of his "deep convictions," and he never tried to influence their own religious decisions. Douglas' wife, Anne, converted to Judaism before they renewed their wedding vows in 2004.
    Eric Douglas died on July 6, 2004, of a drug overdose.
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  • 2003
    Age 86
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 82
    Douglas celebrated a second Bar-Mitzvah ceremony in 1999, aged 83.
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    He underwent years of voice therapy and made Diamonds in 1999, in which he played an old prizefighter who was recovering from a stroke.
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  • 1996
    Age 79
    In 1996, after suffering a severe stroke which impaired his ability to speak, Douglas still wanted to make movies.
  • 1992
    Age 75
    Among them was The Secret in 1992, a television movie about a grandfather and his grandson who both struggle with dyslexia.
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  • 1988
    Age 71
    In 1988, Douglas starred in a television adaptation of Inherit the Wind, opposite Jason Robards and Jean Simmons.
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  • 1986
    Age 69
    In 1986, he co-hosted (with Angela Lansbury) the New York Philharmonic's tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.
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    In 1986, he reunited with his longtime costar, Burt Lancaster, in a crime comedy, Tough Guys, which included Charles Durning and Eli Wallach.
  • 1982
    Age 65
    In 1982, he starred in The Man from Snowy River, an Australian film which received critical acclaim and numerous awards.
  • 1981
    Age 64
    For all his goodwill efforts, Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter in 1981.
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  • 1980
    Age 63
    In 1980, he flew to Cairo to talk with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 61
    In 1978, he costarred with John Cassavetes and Amy Irving in a horror film, The Fury, directed by Brian De Palma.
  • 1973
    Age 56
    Also in 1973, Douglas appeared in a made-for-TV musical version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
    In 1973, he directed his first film, Scalawag.
  • 1970
    Age 53
    In 1970, he starred in a western, There Was a Crooked Man, alongside Henry Fonda.
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    Between 1970 and 2008, Douglas made nearly 40 movies and appeared on various television shows.
  • 1963
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1955
    Age 38
    In 1955, Douglas formed his own movie company, Bryna Productions, named after his mother.
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  • 1954
    Age 37
    They married on May 29, 1954, and in 2014 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
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  • 1951
    Age 34
    Also in 1951, Douglas starred in Detective Story, nominated for four Academy Awards, including one for Lee Grant in her debut film.
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    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 32
    Douglas made his Broadway debut in 1949 in Three Sisters, produced by Katharine Cornell.
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    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.
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  • 1947
    Age 30
    In 1947 Douglas made Out of the Past (UK: Build My Gallows High).
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  • 1943
    Age 26
    Douglas married twice, first to Diana Dill, on November 2, 1943; they divorced in 1951.
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    He married Diana Dill on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, Michael in 1944 and Joel in 1947, before they divorced in 1951.
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  • 1941
    Age 24
    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.
  • 1916
    Born on December 9, 1916.
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