|Birthname||Demsky, Issur Danielovitch|
|born on||9 December 1916 at 10:15 (= 10:15 AM )|
|Place||Amsterdam NY, USA, 42n56, 74w11|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||17°15' 18°26 Asc. 00°33'|
American actor, on-screen from 1946 in some 82 films; thrillers, westerns and costume epics. He was nominated as Best Actor in "Champion," "Lust for Life," and "The Bad and the Beautiful." He has been awarded with the Presidential Medal of Honor for his work as U.S. goodwill ambassador, the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute, and the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France.
The son of Russian immigrants with poverty in his early childhood, he decided in kindergarten that he wanted to be an actor. He studied drama and made a New York debut in "Spring Again."
WW II interrupted his career with service in the U.S. Navy in 1942 to June 1944, after which he returned to the stage. In 1945 he moved to Hollywood to star in "The Strange Love of Martha Ives," and became established as an intense tough-guy. a character who was usually a victim of his own aggression.
Douglas formed a production company in 1955 and directed four films with considerable skill. He wrote his autobiography in 1988, "The Ragman's Son." His sixth book was "Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning," released October 1997, Simon & Schuster. The '90s brought him back to the faith of his fathers, Judaism, and also brought him fierce battles with severe back pain, and the anguish of learning to speak again after his stoke.
On 2/13/1991, he was in a helicopter that collided with a small plane 50 feet above the Santa Paula airport northwest of Los Angeles. The pilot and a young student died, and Douglas suffered a compressed spine, which knocked him down three inches in height, and he survived back surgery.
He remembers nothing of the crash, but the stroke is vivid in his mind. Three weeks after the back surgery, on 1/28/1996 he was sitting in his room having a manicure when suddenly he had a funny sensation from his temple to his jaw. He tried to explain and found that he could not talk. He was able to walk from the car into the hospital. It took over a year of intense therapy before he was able to say "transcontinental" more clearly than his three-year-old granddaughter. His sense of humor helped him deal with the battle of depression, and his joking camaraderie with his sons was the biggest aid of all.
As a boy of 14, Douglas had an intense affaire with a 30-year-old woman and as a young actor, had a big affair with Pier Angeli. He married Diana Dill and had two sons, Michael and Joel. After his divorce, he had an active social life with the ladies before he married Anne and had two more sons, Peter and Eric.
In October 1997, he released his sixth book, "Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning."
On July 6, 2004, his 46-year-old son Eric was found dead in his New York apartment. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death. Police ruled out foul play.
- parent->child relationship with Douglas, Eric (born 21 June 1958)
- parent->child relationship with Douglas, Michael (born 25 September 1944)
- parent->child relationship with Douglas, Peter (born 23 November 1955)
- has other family relationship with Zeta-Jones, Catherine (born 25 September 1969). Notes: In-law
- Relationship : First Sex 1931 (Affair at age 14)
- Social : Joined group 1942 (Military two years)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (The Ragman's Son)
B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher
- Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Could not talk, stroke)
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Pacemaker)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Helicopter crash)
- Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Raised in poverty)
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four sons)
- Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Michael a superstar)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
- Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
- Passions : Sexuality : Extremes in quantity (Multiple affairs, active social life)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Judaism)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Over 70 films)
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
- Vocation : Military : Military service (Ww Ii)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
- Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection