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Kirk Douglas (1916)

The American actor made his film début after a successful progress on stage in New York, opposite Barbara Stanwyck in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, in 1946. He rapidly grew out to become the ultimate incarnation of the tough guy, through the figure of soldiers and cowboys in various features such as I Walk Alone, in 1948 and The Bad and the Beautiful, in 1952 and in which he often collaborated with Burt Lancaster. Despite his acclaimed performances in highly popular war and epics films such as Paths of Glory, in 1957, Gunfight at the Ok Corral, in 1957 and Spartacus, in 1960, he was rapidly considered as a rebel. Kirk Douglas indeed spoke out loud for Hollywood’s communist-suspected talents and founded his own production company to gain control on his career. When, from the 1970s, audiences were not really into the American heroic male any more, Kirk Douglas focused on philanthropy and passed the torch on to his son Michael.

Tags / Kirk Douglas - American Actor - Cinematic Men - Muses - 1950s - Hero - Rebel
Kirk Douglas by Bob Willoughby on the set of The Juggler directed by Edward Dmytryck, 1952
Kirk Douglas by Bob Willoughby on the set of The Juggler directed by Edward Dmytryck, 1952
Anna Maria Ferrero and Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Anna Maria Ferrero and Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in The Indian Fighter directed by André De Toth, 1955
Kirk Douglas in The Indian Fighter directed by André De Toth, 1955
Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Kirk Douglas and Dorothy Malone in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas by Frank Scherschel on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas by Frank Scherschel on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas by Frank Scherschel on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas by Frank Scherschel on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Woody Strode with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Woody Strode with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Woody Strode with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Woody Strode with Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Kirk Douglas in Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful  directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas on the set of  Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas on the set of  Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Portrait of Kirk Douglas on the set of Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Portrait of Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Portrait of Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1950's
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1950's
Janette Scott, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Devil's Disciple directed by Guy Hamilton, 1960
Janette Scott, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Devil's Disciple directed by Guy Hamilton, 1960
Kirk Douglas, and Frank Sinatra on the set of Cast a Giant Shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Kirk Douglas, and Frank Sinatra on the set of Cast a Giant Shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1960s
Kirk Douglas and the Indian actor Mehtab at the Lido beach, Venice Film Festival, 1953
Kirk Douglas and the Indian actor Mehtab at the Lido beach, Venice Film Festival, 1953
Elizabeth Threatt and Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Elizabeth Threatt and Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Barbara Stanwyck and Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Jane Wyman and Kirk Douglas in The Glass Menagerie directed by Irving Rapper, 1950
Jane Wyman and Kirk Douglas in The Glass Menagerie directed by Irving Rapper, 1950
Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer in Out of the Past directed by Jacques Tourneur, 1947
Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer in Out of the Past directed by Jacques Tourneur, 1947
Portrait of Kirk Douglas for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Portrait of Kirk Douglas for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1940s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1940s
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1957
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1957
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1957
Kirk Douglas in Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1957
Kirk Douglas in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Kirk Douglas in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral directed by John Sturges, 1947
Kirk Douglas for The Vikings directed by Richard Fleischer, 1958
Kirk Douglas for The Vikings directed by Richard Fleischer, 1958
Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas and Silvana Mangano in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Kirk Douglas and Silvana Mangano in Ulysse directed by Mario Camerini, 1954
Marilyn Maxwell and Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Marilyn Maxwell and Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Anthony Quinn and Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea directed by Richard Fleischer , 1954
Kirk Douglas in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea directed by Richard Fleischer , 1954
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Portrait of Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Ray Teal and Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Ray Teal and Kirk Douglas in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas in Along the Great Divide directed by Raoul Walsh, 1951
Kirk Douglas in Along the Great Divide directed by Raoul Walsh, 1951
Senta Berger with Kirk Douglas in Cast a giant shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Senta Berger with Kirk Douglas in Cast a giant shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Kirk Douglas and Ray Teal in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas and Ray Teal in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Kirk Douglas and Rock Hudson in The Last Sunset directed by Robert Aldrich, 1961
Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas and Jan Sterling in Ace in the Hole directed by Billy Wilder, 1951
Kirk Douglas in The big trees directed by Felix E. Feist, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The big trees directed by Felix E. Feist, 1952
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas with Elsa Martinelli in The Indian Fighter directed by André De Toth, 1955
Kirk Douglas with Elsa Martinelli in The Indian Fighter directed by André De Toth, 1955
Kirk Douglas in The big trees directed by Felix E. Feist, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The big trees directed by Felix E. Feist, 1952
Kirk Douglas with Katina Paxinou in Mourning Becomes Electra directed by Dudley Nichols, 1947
Kirk Douglas with Katina Paxinou in Mourning Becomes Electra directed by Dudley Nichols, 1947
Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Lauren Bacall with Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Lauren Bacall with Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn directed by Michael Curtiz, 1950
Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Kirk Douglas with Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas with Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life directed by George Cukor and Vincente Minnelli, 1956
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas for The Vikings directed by Richard Fleischer, 1958
Kirk Douglas for The Vikings directed by Richard Fleischer, 1958
Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Kirk Douglas, 1950s
Barbara Stanwyck, Van Helfin and Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Barbara Stanwyck, Van Helfin and Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Van Helfin, Barbara Stanwyck with Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Van Helfin, Barbara Stanwyck with Kirk Douglas in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers directed by Lewis Milestone, 1946
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas with Angie Dickinson in Cast a giant shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Kirk Douglas with Angie Dickinson in Cast a giant shadow directed by Melville Shavelson, 1966
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner in The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1952
Arthur Kennedy and Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Arthur Kennedy and Kirk Douglas in Champion directed by Mark Robson, 1949
Kirk Douglas in Last Train from Gun Hill directed by John Sturges, 1959
Kirk Douglas in Last Train from Gun Hill directed by John Sturges, 1959
Eleanor Parker with Kirk Douglas in Detective Story directed by William Wyler, 1951
Eleanor Parker with Kirk Douglas in Detective Story directed by William Wyler, 1951
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