The actor Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills.
Kirk Douglas (* December 9, 1916 Amsterdam, New York, † February 5, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California)
Kirk Douglas born Issur Danielowitsch Demsky on December 9th, 1916 in Amsterdam (New York). The son of Jewish immigrants from Belarus is growing up in a poor district in New York. He finances his literature and acting studies through a sports scholarship and a janitorial job.
After first roles on Broadway, he served from 1941 with the US Navy.
After the end of World War II, he plays again on Broadway. He made his film debut in 1946 in the film noir “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” on the side of Barbara Stanwyck.
While he often plays the bad guy early in his career, he became the classic hero in the 1950s. For his role in the film “Champion” he received his first Oscar nomination in 1950.
His most successful films include “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)","Ulysses (1954)", “The Vikings (1958)", and "Spartacus (1960)”. His most outstanding credo is his title role in Vincente Minnelli’s biopic “Lust for Life(1956)” After his marriage with actress Diane Dill was divorced in 1951, he marries the German –born Anne Buydens in 1954. One of his four sons is actor Michael Douglas.