Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky on December 9, 1916 the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Kirk Douglas went on to become a Hollywood legend and philanthropist. His career began on the stage and after service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, more roles on the stage and on radio followed before his Hollywood debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946. During his 50+ year career as an actor and producer, he helped create iconic characters and moments on film that will live on forever. Douglas started donating his papers to the WCFTR in 1969. Every year, researchers from around the world use his papers to study not only his career but also the business of Hollywood. Our thoughts are with his family as they mourn his passing.
To learn more about Kirk Douglas visit the exhibit on our website: https://wcftr.commarts.wisc.edu/exhibits/kirk-douglas-papers