Kirk Douglas was known to be a man of many sides, wearing many Hollywood hats. He was an actor, director, writer, producer, and philanthropist. He came to be known as a silver screen icon as an actor during the Hollywood Golden Age. He starred in Spartacus, The Villain, and Champion and was awarded Best Actor for his film Champion. He also spent some time on Broadway, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Spring Again, and Kiss and Tell. He died earlier this year at his Beverly Hills home at 103 years old.
The silver screen favorite introduced the word to his family the best way possible via the 2003 drama. It Runs in the Family. The film was directed by Fred Schepisi and featured three Douglas family generations, including Kirk Douglas, his son Michael Douglas, and Michael Douglas’s son Cameron Douglas. If you missed it, here’s the Kirk Douglas’ family line.
The Douglas Family:
He is an actor like his father and has achieved many accolades for his craft, including being a two-time Oscar Award winner and a Golden Globe winner, and AFI Life Achievement Award, and a Cecil B. Demille Award! You may recognize him from the Kominsky method, Fatal Attraction; you may even see his star on the Hollywood walk of Fame.
Michael Douglas was married for the first time to Diandra Luker, daughter of an Austrian diplomat. They had one son, Cameron, in 1978. His parents, however, divorced in 1995 when Diandra filed for divorce, receiving a 45 million dollar settlement. Today he is an actor like his father. His four films are Mr. Nice Guy. It runs in the Family, Loaded, as well as National Lampoon’s Adam & Eve. He’s since written a memoir called “Long Way Home.” It details his life of privilege and trouble, including his cocaine and methamphetamine, heroin charges in Manhattan, New York City in the early 2000s. For this assumed intent to distribute, he spent 7 years in prison.
Michael Douglas is now married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. When attending the Deauville Film Festival, the two met in August 1998, introduced by mutual friends, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas. By November of that year, the Traffic star was pregnant with the couple’s first child. The next month, the two were engaged.
Their oldest son Dylan Michael is 20 years old now. He’s shared from time to time on his mother’s social media. Like the throwback where a school-aged Dylan Michael talks about his father’s health, and others where he poses with his sister, 17-year-old Carys Douglas. Both of them want to be actors now like their parents.
Son number two, Joel Douglas, is two years younger than his brother Michael and is also a name you may recognize. Instead of acting like his father and brother, Joel chose to direct, and he been behind the lens of many Hollywood blockbusters. These include Romancing the Stone and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Joel has been married multiple times but was most recently widowed.
The next son in the Douglas line is Peter, who is 64. Peter and his younger brother Eric Douglas were born to Kirk Douglas and his second wife, Anne, whom he married in 19454 and remained married until he died. Peter is a producer, having worked famously inside Chevy Chase in films like Whip It. He won a Primetime Emmy for Inherit the Wind, a 1988 TV movie. Peter Douglas is married to Lisa Schroeder, and they have four kids.
Eric Douglas was the youngest of the Douglas boys. In addition to having appeared in films like Honor bound and the golden child, he was also a stand-up comedian. The youngest Douglas, however, also had a pension for drugs and alcohol. He died in 2004 after an accidental overdose.