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Issur Danielovitch Demsky
Issur Danielovitch Demsky

Gender

Male

Known Credits

18

Issur Danielovitch Demsky

Date of Birth: Dec 09, 1916

Birthplace:  Amsterdam, New York, USA

 

 

Biography

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being the ragmans son (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. His parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel Danielovitch, were Jewish immigrants from Chavusy, Mahilyow Voblast (now in Belarus). Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified an acting scholarship as a way out of his meager existence, and was sufficiently talented to gain entry into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Known For

Filmography

The Man from Snowy River

The Man from Snowy River

as Harrison / Spur

1982

Saturn 3

Saturn 3

as Adam

1980

The Moneychangers

The Moneychangers

as Alex Vandervoort

1976

The War Wagon

The War Wagon

as Lomax

1967

The Way West

The Way West

as Sen. William J. Tadlock

1967

In Harm's Way

In Harm's Way

as Commander Paul Eddington, Jr.

1965

Seven Days in May

Seven Days in May

as Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey

1964

The List of Adrian Messenger

The List of Adrian Messenger

as George Brougham / Vicar Atlee / Mr. Pythian / Arthur Henderson

1963

Spartacus

Spartacus

as Spartacus

1960

Last Train from Gun Hill

Last Train from Gun Hill

as Marshal Matt Morgan

1959

The Vikings

The Vikings

as Einar

1958

The Indian Fighter

The Indian Fighter

as Johnny Hawks

1955

The Racers

The Racers

as Gino Borgesa

1955

This Is Your Life (US)

This Is Your Life (US)

as  Himself

1952

Detective Story

Detective Story

as Det. James 'Jim' McLeod

1951

Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

as Chuck Tatum

1951

I Walk Alone

I Walk Alone

as Noll 'Dink' Turner

1948