Kirk Douglas

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Issur Danielovitch

Place of Birth: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 9, 1916

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Kirk Douglas is an American actor, director, producer, and author. Kirk’s parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky, were Belarusian Jews. In the United States, his family took on the surname “Demsky.”

Kirk has four children, two with his wife, German-born actress Anne Buydens, and two, including actor Michael Douglas, with his former wife, late actress Diana Dill. Anne is a convert to Judaism.

Among his grandchildren is actor Cameron Douglas.


Kirk Douglas (then Isadore Demsky) on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by s_bukley/

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Ardor May 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm

An ancient person. The guy was born 3 years after the Titanic sank. Wow.

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Good actor.

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Yes. He will already outlive us all.

levangelista36 August 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I can’t believe California’s governor was the terminator, and we had a cowboy for a president.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Ah . . . he’s a Eastern European Jew like Mila Kunis!

Habe February 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Belarus use to part of the Soviet Union. He is Jewish Belarusian.

Beldame August 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

Not Russian, but Belarusian Jewish. Danielovitch is a Belarusian surname.

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