Fast Facts

  • Was a classmate of Lauren Bacall at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • Served in the U.S. Navy, as a communications officer, during World War II.
  • Formed one of Hollywood's first independent film companies, Bryna, in 1955.
  • Helped break the Hollywood blacklist when he gave screen credit to blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo for Spartacus (1960).
  • Placed No. 36 on Entertainment Weekly's list of Greatest Movie Stars of All Time, and No. 17 on the American Film Institute's rankings of the 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, the highest U.S. honor a civilian can receive.

Awards

  • 1968, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 1952, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1962, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joel Douglas — Son
  • Michael Douglas — Son
  • Peter Douglas — Son
  • Kaleh Danielovitch — Sister
  • Bryna Danielovitch — Mother
  • Diana Douglas — Ex-wife
  • Eric Douglas — Son
  • Rachel Danielovitch — Sister
  • Hashka Danielovitch — Sister
  • Anne Buydens Douglas — Wife
  • Pesha Danielovitch — Sister
  • Tamara Danielovitch — Sister
  • Herschel Danielovitch — Father
  • Siffra Danielovitch — Sister

College

  • St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (BA in English, 1939); American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY (1941)