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Kirk Douglas’s Life in Pictures
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Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas spent decades acting in some of Hollywood’s most memorable films of all time. Here, we take a look back at not only his expansive movie career, but also his dedication to his family and his humanitarian efforts.
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In his first movie, Kirk Douglas played Walter O’Neil in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Here, he shoots a scene with his costar, Barbara Stanwyck.
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Douglas takes his German Shepard, Banshee, for a walk during a production break on the set of his film I Walk Alone.
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Kirk plays with his son Michael by balancing him on the soles of his feet.
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The actor is seen here at home relaxing after filming wrapped on The Walls of Jericho.
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Douglas in a promotional shot for the film Champion. The actor was nominated for his first Best Actor Academy Award for the role.
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On the set of Champion, Douglas discusses a scene with his costar actress Ruth roman.
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Douglas plays the trumpet with bandleader and trumpeter Harry James.
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Douglas poses with his costar Lauren Bacall in a promotional portrait for Young Man With a Horn.
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Douglas and his costar Yvonne De Carlo rehearse backstage for their Royal Film Performance at the Empire Theater in London.
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While meeting Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Command premiere of Because You’re Mine in London, Douglas bows and shakes her hand.
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Douglas autographs the thigh of painter Novella Parigini on Lido Beach in Venice. This was at the peak of his heartthrob days.
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Kirk smiles with his sons, Michael and Joel, at the airport in New York in 1953. The two young boys goof around for the cameras.
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The actor arrives on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. He was nominated for Best Actor for The Bad and the Beautiful, but he lost to Gary Cooper for High Noon.
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Kirk and his oldest son, Michael, have always shared a close father-son relationship. Michael thanked his father at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2018, saying, “Thank you for your advice, inspiration, and I’ll say it simply, with all my heart” I’m so proud to be your son.”
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Kirk with his oldest sons, Joel and Michael, from his first marriage to Diana Douglas.
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In 1955, Douglas launched his own production company, Bryna productions.
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Kirk goofs around with sons Michael and Joel, who both followed their father into the film industry.
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While taking a break from filming Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Douglas practices taking aim with his prop gun and chats with his costars, Burt Lancaster and John Sturges.
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Kirk gets hands on with his sons Michael and Joel as they explore a world globe together.
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Douglas earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as artist Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life.
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Douglas and his second wife Anne Buydens were married for 65 years.
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Kirk poses with his second wife, Anne Buydens, and their eldest son, Peter. The couple welcomed their second child, Eric, in 1958.
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Buydens and Douglas take cover from the rain as they leave a London airport.
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Douglas serves himself a pile of spaghetti as actress Sophia Loren looks on.
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Douglas and Frank Sinatra dressed up in western-themed costumes for a party at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
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Douglas plays with a lion cub named Spartacus in honor of his iconic film role.
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Douglas and Buydens arrive in London for the Spartacus premiere.
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Douglas in Spartacus, which was one of the late actor’s most iconic roles during his career.
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Douglas dances with actress Elizabeth Taylor at a party for Spartacus in Rome.
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Douglas and wife Buydens at a party in Los Angeles.
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