Kirk Douglas Became A Famous Actor Despite Having A Tough Childhood As An Immigrant's Kid
November 16, 2018 10:49 By Fabiosa
When people move to another country, they feel like they're on another planet, as everything is so much different. Nevertheless, some immigrants manage to overcome all hardships and even become successful in the new place.
Kirk Douglas is one of such people: He became a popular actor despite having an extremely hard childhood as an immigrant’s child.
Kirk Douglas’ original name is Issur Danielovitch, and he comes from the family of Jewish immigrants from present-day Belarus, and his family’s mother tongue was not English, but Yiddish.
His family adopted the new last name already after the immigration. His dad’s brother came to the U.S. earlier and used the surname Demsky. Kirk was born in Amsterdam, New York, and had a tough childhood together with six sisters.
Despite hard times, Kirk was dreaming of becoming an actor one day. It started after he took part in the play in the second grade, having a role of the shoemaker. After so many years, his dream came true.
During his college years, Kirk met a fellow actor, who suggested changing the name from Demsky to Kirk Douglas. It was the beginning of a long path to Hollywood success.
He worked hard and did everything to reach his goal. After World War II, Kirk Douglas returned to New York and worked in radio, theater, and commercials. But one day one of his friends helped him to get the first role by recommending Kirk to the film director. The role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers was his debut screen appearance. Film reviewers declared that Kirk is a man with a bright future, great style, and personality.
Now, Kirk Douglas is the famous and rich Hollywood actor, producer and director. Besides, he is a good husband and a devoted father of four children.
Kirk Douglas is a great example of a strong and persistent man, who managed to become successful despite all the hardships of life.