Kirk Douglas is a veteran Hollywood actor and director who grew up with time. He had no basic training in acting but known for his explosive acting style. He gave up shyness and even wanted stronger roles in his career.
According to the actor, he has never been a modest actor at all. Hence he broke all studio contracts given to him in stages of his career and rolled out his own movie company, Bryna Productions, named after his mother. The first project to come out of this studio was ’Out of the Past’. He starred in this film with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer. This film was directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Warren Duff in the year 1947.
Douglas was nominated for an Academy Award for the role in movie ‘Lust for Life’, with his co-star Anthony Quinn winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Paul Gauguin, van Gogh's friend. Douglas won a Golden Globe award, although Minnelli said Douglas should have won an Oscar.
This was his last Oscar nomination. He was first nominated for Oscar as a boxing hero in Champion (1949), and with this movie, he became an international star. He won the second nomination for Oscar for the movie 'The Bad and the Beautiful 'which was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by John Houseman.
Some of his earlier movies that fetched him honor in acting include 'Young Man with a Horn' which is a 1950 movie and ‘Detective Story’ which is a 1951 movie directed by William Wyler.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Douglas was a major box-office star, playing opposite some of the leading actresses of that era. He often loved to play a cowboy character. His personal favorite movie was ‘Lonely Are the Brave\ (1962), in which he played a cowboy.
In 1951, Douglas starred as a newspaper reporter anxiously looking for a big story in Ace in the Hole, director Billy Wilder's first effort as both writer and producer. The subject and story were controversial at the time, but it showed the free press movement.
Douglas Possibly said the move was indeed a "hit too close to home". It was director Billy Wilder's first effort as both writer and producer. This film won an award at Venice film festival but did not do well in box office, But today, the film has been placed in the ranking of 500 top movies of the world.
This film is credited with the intensity of his acting and even today many Hollywood stars feel no other actor could have done the role. Besides acting in movies, the actor even appeared in TV serials and directed some movies.
This happened in between 1970 and 2008 when he made 40 movies and appeared in many TV serials. He directed his first film 'Scalawag' .In 1973 and again returned to director chair for 'Posse' (1975). He also appeared in TV film named 'The Secret' (1972) which was aired on TV. In 1988, Douglas also appeared in a television adaptation of ‘Inherit the Wind’, which won many Emmy Awards.
This actor was born on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam,
New York. He had faced a lot of hardship in earlier days of his time. His son is also a renowned film producer and won an Oscar for his film' One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' which his father had purchased and acted on stage at Broadway theatre.
His son produced the movie and won his first Oscar award. Even before joining cinema, the actor was married to Diana Dill, on November 2, 1943, and had two sons,
Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas out of his first marriage. He divorced her in 1951 and tied again knot with film producer
Anne Buydens on May 29, 1994.
He is aged now 101 and still living! One of the best capability in him that he is not an idle or bed-ridden person, He is the oldest celebrity blogger in the US. His topic is carried out in many newspapers columns.