Famed Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas has passed away at the age of 103 from natural causes. He was one of the last remaining actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Mr. Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch Demsky on December 9th, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. He would change his name just before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He would be medically discharged in 1944 after an accidental dropping of a depth charge, and was a Lieutenant when he was discharged.
After starting out with stage work, Mr. Douglas would find a break with The Strange Love of Martha Iversin 1946, leading to work in Hollywood. He would go on to appear in more than 90 films, he would be nominated for three Oscars and would receive an honorary Oscar after 50 years of work. Other awards include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, AFI Life Achievement Award, a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Films that Mr. Douglas appeared in include Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life – all of which led to Oscar nominations, and I Walk Alone, Along the Great Divide, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Spartacus, In Harm’s Way, and The Light at the Edge of the World.
Mr. Douglas was married twice – first to Diana Dill and then to Anne Buydens. He had four sons: Michael, Joel, Peter, and Eric.
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