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Late Kirk Douglas Had Reputation Of The Most Disliked Actor In Hollywood Because Of His Difficult Character

Date February 6, 2020 14:33

Kirk Douglas was one of the last remaining stars of the сinema's Golden Age. He appeared in 75 films that helped him to rise to the top of stardom. However, at 103, Kirk Douglas’ health failed him and he passed away in February 2020.

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Nonetheless, he had an interesting life worth its own movie. When Kirk Douglas was young, he used to call himself the most disliked actor in Hollywood. But why?

Kirk Douglas’ biography

Kirk’s acting talent was as famous as his troublesome character. Throughout his long and successful career, Douglas earned himself a reputation as the most difficult actor in Hollywood and he never denied that. Moreover, he took pride in it.

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The Spartacus star once said:

I’m probably the most disliked actor in Hollywood. And I feel pretty good about it. Because that’s me…I was born aggressive, and I guess I’ll die aggressive.

Many people who knew him was aware of his agressive side:

  • his own son Peter called him ‘an obsessive man;'
  • his former employee said that Kirk was ‘vicious’ and liked to think of himself as ‘God.’

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But why did he have such a difficult character? The reason lies in his childhood. Kirk Douglas’ father, Herschel, was a very tough guy. He never demonstrated any affection towards Kirk, his only son among 7 children.

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Living in poverty with a dad who was incapable of showing love, Douglas junior had to grow a thick skin. He shoved his sensitive side deep down and rarely showed it to anyone.

Kirk explained:

There was an awful lot of rage churning around inside me, rage that I was afraid to reveal because there was so much more of it, and so much stronger, in my father.

Nonetheless, he loved his father. When Herschel passed away, Kirk kept all of his dad’s things as a memory.

Kirk Douglas’ wife was a great match for him

Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2019. What made them stay together for so long? Perhaps they were just a great match for each other.

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Kirk once said about his beloved wife that she was ‘the most difficult woman’ he’d ever met. Douglas admitted that he fell in love with his wife because she could handle him and didn’t let him behave badly with her.

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However, it wasn’t love at first sight. Anne refused to go on a date with Kirk at first. The couple’s relationship started up as platonic but then Douglas proved to his future wife that he is more than just a movie star. Now, after Kirk Douglas’ passing, his big family will continue his legacy and always remember the aggressive cinema hero as a loving dad and a caring grandfather.

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