Kirk Douglas is a TV and movie actor who was onscreen with his real family in the series, It Runs in the Family, and also starred in The Odyssey and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. His other notable films include Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Tough Guys, and Lust for Life. Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York.
He is one of the last survivors of the industry’s Golden Age. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During a sixty-year acting career, he has appeared in over 90 movies, and in 1960 helped end the Hollywood Blacklist.
As an actor and philanthropist, Douglas has received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As an author, he has written ten novels and memoirs. Currently, he is No. 17 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema, and the highest-ranked living person on the list. After barely surviving a helicopter crash in 1991 and then suffering a stroke in 1996, he has focused on renewing his spiritual and religious life. He lives with his second wife of more than 60 years, Anne, a producer. He turned 100 on 9 December 2016.