Full Name: Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch]
Why Famous: American film and stage actor, film producer and author. Popular films include "Out of the Past" (1947), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957) and "Spartacus".
Biography: With his strong chin and stern looks, American actor Kirk Douglas (1916-) has been a favourite for tough-guy roles throughout his career.
Significant roles include Colonel Dax in Paths of Glory (1957), lead in Spartacus (1960) and Van Gogh in Lust For Life (1956),a role for which he won widespread acclaim and a Golden Globe.
Douglas claims that frequent accusations that he tried to direct the films he was in led to his becoming officially director for several projects, starting with Scalawag (1973). (OnThisDay.com)
- 1954-05-28 "The Bad and the Beautiful" actor Kirk Douglas (37) weds producer Ann Buydens (24) at Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas
- 1957-02-28 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win
- 1960-10-06 "Spartacus", directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, premieres in NYC