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  • Kirk Douglas

    Born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York

awards & nominations

Tales From the Crypt (1989)

Based on the EC Comics series of the same name, this campy and stylized anthology series recounts a series of horrific yarns introduced by the show's moldering host, the Crypt Keeper. Episodes of the series feature a number of well-known actors and actresses, including Dan Aykroyd, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Reeve and Sam Waterston. Some notable people who directed episodes include Michael J. Fox and Tom Hanks, including notable directors Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and John Frankenheimer.

Emmy (Primetime) (1992) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Kirk Douglas as "Jack Burns/John W. Burns"

Ranch hand Jack Burns (Kirk Douglas) feels out of place in the modern world. Jack deliberately gets into a bar room fight to be imprisoned alongside friend Paul (Michael Kane), arrested for helping illegal aliens. Jack tries to convince Paul to flee with him, but, as a family man, Paul has too much at stake. Jack escapes after a beating from a sadistic police deputy (George Kennedy) and heads for the hills. An extensive manhunt breaks out, led by sympathetic Sheriff Johnson (Walter Matthau).

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962) Nominated Foreign Actor

Lust for Life (1956)

Kirk Douglas as "Vincent Van Gogh"

This lauded drama depicts the life of revered Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas). An intense and imaginative artist, Van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo (James Donald), the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn) and struggles to find greater inspiration.

Academy Award (1956) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1956) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Kirk Douglas as "Jonathan Shields"

Unscrupulous movie producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) is a child of Hollywood who ruthlessly toils his way to the top of the studio system, discarding movie star Georgia (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan) and writer James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) along the way. Although Shields manipulates them and leaves each in despair, they find success in Hollywood, thanks in part to Shields, and must decide whether or not to repay him when he offers them a collaborative project.

Academy Award (1952) Nominated Best Actor

Detective Story (1951)

Kirk Douglas as "Det. Jim McLeod"

James McLeod (Kirk Douglas) is a stern police detective who has no tolerance for crime. At home, however, he is a loving husband to his wife, Mary (Eleanor Parker). The police are ready to conclude the case of abortionist Karl Schneider (George Macready), who is responsible for the death of at least one patient, but McLeod's hatred for the doctor prolongs the investigation. The detective soon uncovers a dark secret that threatens to destroy his sanity and ruin his life.

Golden Globe (1951) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Champion (1949)

Kirk Douglas as "Michael 'Midge' Kelly"

Scrappy Michael "Midge" Kelly (Kirk Douglas), on the run from a shotgun marriage and needing to help support his handicapped brother, Connie (Arthur Kennedy), angles his way into a short-term job as a boxer. His life of hard knocks has given Midge a fiery temper and a will to win that quickly makes him one of the most popular fighters on the circuit. But when he gets instructed to take a dive in a championship bout, his bosses learn that no one tells Midge Kelly what to do.

Academy Award (1949) Nominated Best Actor

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