Kirk Douglas - A Legacy in Film

“I like a role that is stimulating, challenging, interesting to play. That’s why I’m often attracted to characters that aren’t likable.” – Kirk Douglas

From bad boy to cowboy to gladiator to soldier, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas was not only a great actor but also a daring producer and a talented writer.

He worked with celebrated directors including Howard Hawks (The Captive), Vincent Minnelli (Lust for Life), Stanley Kubrick (Spartacus) and Elia Kazan (The Arrangement).

He will also be remembered and applauded for his stand during the McCarthy era, in which he helped to end the Hollywood blacklist.


Kirk Douglas, a Timeline

1916 Born in Amsterdam, New York on 9th December

1941-1944 US Navy service

1946 Hollywood debut – The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

1949 First leading role – The Champion

1956 Starring role in Lust for Life, which won him the Golden Globe for Best

1957 Paths of Glory

1958 The Vikings

1960 Spartacus

1969 The Arrangement

1988 Published the first volume of his autobiography – The Ragman’s Son

2020 Died, aged 103 on Feb 5th

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