Kirk Douglas Biography

Updated On Feb 03, 2019 Published On Dec 06, 2015
Facts of Kirk Douglas
Date of Birth: 1916 , December-9
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Kirk Douglas
Father Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch
Mother Bryna Sanglel
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Amsterdam, New York, United States
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Filmmaker, Author, & Centenarian
Net Worth $300 million
Salary $400,000
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color White
Married Yes But Divorced
Married to Anne Buydens (m. 1954), Diana Douglas (m. 1943–1951)
Children Michael Douglas, Eric Douglas, Joel Douglas, Peter Douglas
Divorce Yes
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Academy Awards, USA and Golden Globes, USA winner, Kirk Douglas is one of the renowned and old names in the Hollywood. He is an actor, director, and producer. He is also an established author. As an actor, he is known for portraying his role in the movie, Champion.

Kirk Douglas Childhood & Education

Kirk Douglas was born on December 9, 1916, as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, in Amsterdam, New York, United States of America, to Bryna "Bertha" (née Sanglel) and Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch. He is an American and is of Belarus descent.

Kirk Douglas is Married Twice: Divorce & Children

While Kirk was serving in the U.S. Navy, he saw a photograph of Diana Dill on the cover of Life magazine and he expressed his desire to marry her with his veteran. Finally, on 2nd of November 1943, Kirk got married to her and they also welcomed two children together. However, this sweet love story came to an end in 1951.

A few months later, he began his love affairs with Anne Buydens and they wed on 29th of May 1954. They are still together and together they also became parents twice.

Career as a Professional: Movies & TV Shows

Kirk spent his childhood days in hardship. Though he was raised in the humble background, his acting skills were genuine and he won the acting scholarship at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He began acting at the summer stock theater and played his first acting role in Spring Again. He also served in the United States Navy.

After he was discharged from the United States Navy, he began appearing in several television commercials and he made his feature film debut in 1946 from the movie, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.

Kirk Douglas Salary & Net Worth

For his role in a movie called In Harm's Way, he earned a salary of $400,000. Similarly, his net worth in 2019 is said to be around $300 million.

Kirk Douglas Death Rumors

There have been many queries regarding Kirk's death, but the fact is that he is not dead. The actor was born on December 9, 1916, and he is 102 years of age, as of 2019

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Kirk Douglas facts on timeline

Born in Amsterdam, New York

December 9 , 1916

Kirk Douglas was from the lower class family born as Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, United States of America to Bryna "Bertha" (née Sanglel) and Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch. He is an American and is of Belarus descent.

Attended St Lawrence University

1939

Kirk spends his childhood days in hardship. After his high school graduation, he joined St. Lawrence University. While he was there, he was also the president of the class. He graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. 

Joined United States Navy

1941

Though he was fascinated towards acting, after the World War II broke out, Be joined United States Navy force and began serving them. But after serving there for about three years, he was discharged from the United States Navy because of injury.

Began his acting career

1940

Though he was raised in humble background, his acting skills were genuine and he won the acting scholarship at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He began acting at the summer stock theater and played his first acting role in Spring Again. 

Married to Diana Dill

November 2 , 1943

While Kirk was serving in the U.S. Navy, he saw a photograph of Diana Dill on the cover of Life magazine and he expressed his desire to marry her with his veteran. Finally on 2nd of November 1943, Kirk got married to her. 

First child, Michael Douglas

September 25 , 1944

Within a year after being married with his ex wife, he became father of her first child. They welcomed their first son on 25th of September and they named him Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas is now a famous actor and director.

Second child, Joel Douglas

January 23 , 1947

American film producer, Joel Douglas is his second child. He and his ex wife, Diana Dill welcomed their second child, second son on 23rd of January 1947. Joel Douglas is popular for being the co producer of the movie, The Jewel of the Nile.

Divorced with Diana Dill

February 23 , 1951

The sweet love story he had with actress and model, Diana Dill finally came to an end in 1951. After being parents of two sons, they decided to dissolve their married life and they finally got divorced on 23rd of February 1951.

Married to Anne Buydens

May 29 , 1954

Few months later, he began his love affairs with Anne Buydens and they wed on 29th of May 1954. Anne Buydens is a famous producer. They are still together and together they also became parents twice.

His father died

1950

Kirk Douglas was born to Bryna "Bertha" (née Sanglel) and Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch. His mother was a normal housewife and his father was a businessman. He died of cancer in 1950 and after that Kirk quit smoking.

Released his first book, Wisdom of the Elders

1986

Besides being the famous actor, director and producer, Kirk is also a great writer. As an author, he has published several books and articles. In 1986, he released his first book, Wisdom of the Elders. He released his second book, The Ragman's Son in 1988.

First feature film, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

1946

After he was discharged from the United States Navy, he began appearing in several television commercials and he made his feature film debut in 1946 from the movie, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Next year, he appeared in the movie, Out of the Past.

Won Academy Awards, USA

1996

Academy Awards, USA is one of the prestigious awards in the acting world and everyone really fells honored if they win this award. He has also been honored with this award once and that was in 1996 for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community.

Won Golden Globes, USA

1957

Till now, he has been nominated in Golden Globes, USA for four different times and out of these four nominations he has been honored twice. He won this award for the first time in 1957 and that was for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama.

Received a Star on the Walk of Fame

February 8 , 1960

He has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and he has also been honored with several of them. For his continuous contribution in the acting world he was honored with a Star on the Walk of Fame in 1960.