Before becoming a massive Hollywood superstar and acting legend, Issur Danielovitch was studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in the early 1940’s. Issur began using the name Kirk Douglas while performing on stage. He would later make the change official.
In December of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Kirk put his acting career on hold and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare.
Kirk was medically discharged in 1944 for injuries received during battle. He would become a father later that same year with his first wife giving birth to Michael Douglas.
After WW2, Kirk transitioned from stage acting to film with his first role in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers”. He got the role based on the recommendation of his friend Lauren Bacall. He would receive his first Academy Award nomination in 1949 for his role as boxer Midge Kelly in “Champion”
Kirk would continue on a long and illustrious acting career spanning over six decades and three Best Actor nominations. While no longer acting, Kirk is still going strong at the age of 98. He is truly one a kind; the last great pillar of a bygone generation.