Kirk Douglas

Net Worth: $60'000'000

Kirk Douglas

$60'000'000

Kirk Douglas was an American actor. Kirk’s fortune would have been much higher, but about a decade before his death, he chose to give away tens of millions of dollars through The Douglas Foundation. In the last few years of his life alone. They also gave an estimated $40’000’000 to Harry’s Haven. That includes the $15’000’000 that he gave Harry’s Haven on his own 99th birthday to establish the Kirk Douglass Care Pavilion. Kirk Douglas was the father of actor/producer Michael Douglas. Table of Contentedly Life Acting Career Personal Life Philanthropy Death Real Estate Early Life Douglas was born Issue Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York. He was the son of Myrna “Bertha” (1884-1958) and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (1884-1950). His parents were Jewish immigrants from a part of the Russian Empire that today is Belarus. The family spoke Yiddish at home. His father’s brother immigrated earlier than Kirk’s family and used the surname Dem sky. He grew up in Izzy Dem sky. He legally changed his name to Kirk Douglas before entering the US Navy during World War II. Douglas grew up impoverished. He had six sisters. Douglas sold snacks to mill workers to make enough money to buy milk and bread and help his family. He delivered newspapers. In all, Douglas had more than 40 jobs before becoming an actor. He discovered acting at a young age, and by high school, he knew he wanted to become a professional actor. He talked his way into the dean’s office at St. Lawrence University. Furthermore, he was given a loan to pay tuition, which he paid back by working as a gardener and janitor part-time while in college. Furthermore, he was a star on the college’s wrestling team and, one summer, wrestled in a carnival to make money. Furthermore, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1939. Douglas’s acting was noticed at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and he was given a special scholarship to attend. One of his classmates was Betty Joan Peruke, better known as Lauren Bacall. They dated casually, and she played an important role in launching his film career. Another classmate and friend of Bacall’s was aspiring actress Diana Dill, who later became Kirk’s first wife. Douglas joined the Navy in 1941, shortly after the US entered World War II. He was a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare on the USS PC-1137. He was medically discharged in 1944 for injuries sustained from the accidental dropping of a depth charge. Acting Career After the war, Douglas returned to New York City and found work in radio, commercials, and theater. In his radio work, he acted in soap operas and saw those experiences as being especially valuable in helping in developing his skill in using one’s voice, which is important for aspiring actors. His stage break occurred when he took over the role played by Richard Tidemark in 1943’s Kiss and Told, which then led to other offers. He planned to remain a stage actor until Lauren Bacall helped him get his first film role by recommending him to producer Hal B. Wallis who cast in him 1946’s The Strange Love of Martha Rivers opposite Barbara Steinbeck. He played a young, insecure man who was dominated by his ruthless life. This was the first and last time Douglas ever played a weak man in a film. Douglas developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 movies. Douglas was known for his explosive acting style. He became an international movie star for his leading role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in 1949’s Champion. The role brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Other early films include the 1950s Young Man with a Horn. The latter earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama. 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful got him his second Oscar nomination. He got his third Oscar nomination and his second Golden Globe nomination for his role as Vincent van Gogh in 1956’s Lust for Life. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images One of his best-known roles was 1960s Spartacus, which was directed by the then-unknown Stanley Kubrick. Douglas played a crucial role in ending the Hollywood blacklist in 1960 by hiring a blacklisted screenwriter. In 1963, he starred on Broadway in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (a story he purchased and gave to his son Michael who, of course, turned it into an Oscar-winning film). Douglas has over 90 acting credits to his name. Some of his more popular movies include Champion. K. Corral, and Tough Guys. The American Film Institute named Douglas #17 on their list of the greatest male screen legends in American film history. He was given the Honorary Academy Award in 1996 for having 50 years in the motion picture community. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Furthermore, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Furthermore, he received lifetime achievement awards from the Screen Actors Guild and AFI. Personal Life Kirk Douglas married Diana Dill on November 2, 1943. They had two sons, actor Michael Douglas and producer Joel Douglas, before divorcing in 1951. While on location in Paris filming Lust for Life, he met producer Anne Burdens. She had escaped Nazi Germany and worked at a film studio doing translations for subtitles. They married on May 29, 1954. They had two sons, Peter, a producer, and Eric, an actor. Eric died of an overdose of drugs and alcohol on July 6, 2004. At the time of Kirk’s death, he and Anne had been married for 65 years. In February 1991, Douglas was in a helicopter that collided with a small plane over Santa Paula Airport in California. Douglas and two other people were injured, and two people in the plane were killed. The near-death experience led Douglas to rediscover the Jewish faith he grew up with. On January 28, 1996, he suffered a severe stroke, which impaired his ability to speak. Doctors told his wife and family that unless there was a quick improvement, his loss of speech was likely permanent. After intense daily speech therapy for several months. Philanthropy After the helicopter accident, Kirk decided to dedicate himself more proactively to philanthropy. Back in 2012, Kirk asked his wife (who kept their books and managed their family trust), “How much money do we have in that? ” Her answer? “$80’000’000. ” His response? “I want to give it away. ” And that is precisely what he did. The Douglas Foundation gave away more than $50’000’000 to various charities. They set up a scholarship at St. Lawrence University (his alma mater). Death On February 5, 2020, Kirk Douglas died at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 103 years old. Douglas was one of the last surviving stars of the film industry’s Golden Age. He was survived by his 100-year-old wife, Anne, his sons Michael, Joel, and Peter, as well as several grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Anne died on April 29, 2021, from natural causes. She had just turned 98. Real Estate In 1999. 3’000’000. Douglas bought the home in the late 1950s and used it as the family retreat for decades. The 4’000 square foot midcentury modern home features walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a pool. Their primary home from the 1970s until their respective deaths was home in Beverly Hills, which Kirk acquired for $400’000. Over the decades, Kirk had some of his famous friends sign their names in wet concrete as part of a path near the garden. The “Stars of Beverly Hills” garden path features 22 stones autographed by The likes of Frank Sinatra. It was listed for sale in December 2021 for $7’500’000. The home sold a month later for $9’000’000.

ID: 1064108
Published: 19/08/2022
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Dec 09, 1916
Feb 05, 2020
Male
Actor, Film Producer, Author, Film Director, Businessperson, Soldier
United States of America

Present Rank:

Historical Rank:

4204

Date of Birth:

Dec 09, 1916

Date of Death:

Feb 05, 2020

Age:

103

Profession:

Actor, Film Producer, Author, Film Director, Businessperson, Soldier

Nationality:

United States of America

Gender:

Male

Height:

1.75m

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