Kirk Douglas


Is Kirk Douglas Dead or Still Alive? Kirk Douglas Birthday and Date of Death

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas Death

Kirk passed away on February 5, 2020 at the age of 103 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

Kirk Douglas death quick facts:
  • When did Kirk Douglas die?

    February 5, 2020
  • How old was Kirk Douglas when died?

  • Where did Kirk Douglas die? What was the location of death?

    Beverly Hills, California, USA

Kirk Douglas Birthday and Date of Death

Kirk Douglas was born on December 9, 1916 and died on February 5, 2020. Kirk was 103 years old at the time of death.

Birthday: December 9, 1916
Date of Death: February 5, 2020
Age at Death: 103

Is Kirk Douglas's father, Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch, dead or alive?

Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch's information is not available now.

Is Kirk Douglas's mother, Bryna "Bertha", dead or alive?

Bryna "Bertha"'s information is not available now.

Kirk Douglas's sisters :

Kirk has 6 sisters:
  • Pesha Danielovitch
  • Kaleh Danielovitch
  • Tamara Danielovitch
  • Haska Danielovitch
  • Siffra Danielovitch
  • Rachel Danielovitch

Kirk Douglas - Biography

Once quoted as saying "I've made a career of playing sons of b*tches," Kirk Douglas is considered by many to be the epitome of the Hollywood hard man. In addition to acting in countless films over the course of his long career, Douglas has served as a director and producer, and will forever be associated with his role in helping to put an end to the infamous Hollywood black list.Douglas was the son Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Amsterdam, NY, on December 9, 1916. He waited tables to finance his education at St. Lawrence University, where he was a top-notch wrestler. While there, he also did a little work in the theater, something that soon gave way to his desire to pursue acting as a career.
After some work as a professional wrestler, Douglas held various odd jobs, including a stint as a bellhop, to put himself through the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1941, he debuted on Broadway, but had only two small roles before he enlisting in the Navy and serving in World War II. Following his discharge, Douglas returned to Broadway in 1945, where he began getting more substantial roles; he also did some work on radio. After being spotted and invited to Hollywood by producer Hal Wallis, Douglas debuted onscreen in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, but he did not emerge as a full-fledged star until he portrayed an unscrupulously ambitious boxer in Champion (1949); with this role (for which he earned his first Oscar nomination), he defined one of his principle character types: a c*cky, selfish, intense, and powerful man.

Douglas fully established his screen persona during the '50s thanks to strong roles in such classics as Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951), William Wyler's Detective Story (1951), and John Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). He earned Oscar nominations for his work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Lust for Life (1956), both of which were directed by Vincente Minnelli. In 1955, the actor formed his own company, Bryna Productions, through which he produced both his own films and those of others, including Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960); both of these movies would prove to be two of the most popular and acclaimed of Douglas' career. In 1963, he appeared on Broadway in Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, but was never able to interest Hollywood in a film version of the work; he passed it along to his son Michael Douglas (a popular actor/filmmaker in his own right), who eventually brought it to the screen to great success.
In 1995, the same year he suffered a debilitating stroke, Douglas was presented with an honorary Oscar by the Academy; four years later, he was the recipient of the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that was accompanied by a screening of 16 of his films. In addition to his film work, Douglas has also written two novels: Dance with the Devil (1990) and The Secret (1992). He published his autobiography, The Ragman's Son, in 1988.In March of 2009, Douglas starred Before I Forget, a one man show that took place at the Center Theater Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California. All four performances of the show were filmed and later made into a documentary that eventually screened in 2010.
On January 28, 1996, Douglas suffered a severe stroke, which impaired his ability to speak. Doctors told his wife that unless there was rapid improvement, the loss of the ability to speak was likely permanent. After a regime of daily speech-language therapy that lasted several months, his ability to speak returned, although it was still limited. He was able to accept an honorary Academy Award two months later in March and thanked the audience. He wrote about this experience in his 2002 book, My Stroke of Luck, which he hoped would be an "operating manual" for others on how to handle a stroke victim in their own family.
Douglas died at his home in Beverly Hills, California surrounded by family, on February 5, 2020, at age 103. The cause of death was kept private. Douglas's funeral was held at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on February 7, 2020.