What Was Kirk Douglas’s Birth Name?

Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 3, 2013

What can you tell us about Kirk Douglas, and what was the movie he made with son Michael Douglas?
—Pattie DeMasters, Big Timber, Montana

Born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York, to Russian Jewish immigrant parents, Kirk Douglas starred with his son Michael in “It Runs in the Family” in 2003. (Michael also had an uncredited part in his father’s 1966 film “Cast a Giant Shadow.”) One of the last survivors of Hollywood’s “golden age,” Douglas made some 80 films, including “Paths of Glory,” “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,” “Spartacus” and “Lonely Are the Brave”. He has been married to his second wife, Anne Buydens, for 59 years. The screen legend, 96, has written 10 books, including his 1988 autobiography, “The Ragman’s Son,” and 2012’s “I Am Spartacus!,” and he regularly blogs.