Iconic Actor Kirk Douglas is Dead at 103. Born as Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, he was an actor, producer, author and director. He was a child of immigrants and had 6 sisters. He served in the Navy from 1941-1944 and served during World War II.
He landed his first role in the movie, “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” in which he costarred with Barbara Stanwyck. Since then, he has been in more than 90 movies.
Douglas became an international star through positive reception for his leading role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in the movie Champion. That movie earned him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received a second Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in “The Bad and the Beautiful.
In 1955, he started Bryna Productions, which started producing movies, most notably Spartacus. He worked together with then unknown director Stanley Kubrick. He starred with Burt Lancaster in seven films. In 1963, he had the lead role in the play “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a story that he bought and later gave to his son, Michael Douglas, who made it into an Oscar-winning film.
Kirk Douglas had three Academy Award nominations, then he received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He also wrote ten novels and memoirs.