Kirk Douglas RIP
Birth Name: Issur Danielovitch
Date of Birth: December 9, 1916
Place of Birth: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: February 5, 2020
Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Kirk Douglas was an American actor, director, producer, and author.
Kirk was born in Amsterdam, in upstate New York, as Issur Danielovitch. Kirk’s parents, Bryna (Sanglel) and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch, were Belarusian Jews. In the United States, his family took on the surname Demsky, and he changed his name initially to Isadore Demsky.
Kirk was married to German-born actress Anne Buydens, until his death. He had four children: two, including actor Michael Douglas, with his former wife, actress Diana Dill; and two with Anne. Anne is a convert to Judaism. Among his grandchildren is actor Cameron Douglas.
Kirk had a religious Jewish upbringing, and then became secular as he entered his adult life. In the 1990s, he rediscovered religion, and became a practicing Jew.
Kirk’s paternal grandfather was named Iser Danilovitch.
Kirk’s maternal grandfather was named Shalom Yitzhok Sanglel.
Genealogy of Kirk Douglas (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Kirk Douglas (then Isadore Demsky) on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org