Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York
One of the top male stars of post-World War II Hollywood, he is best known for the driving intensity he brought to his performances in such films as Champion (1949), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Ulysses (1954), Lust for Life (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), and Spartacus (1960). A lifetime performer, Douglas began his career as a professional wrestler before launching his stage career. He dabbled in Broadway productions in the 1940s, and made his feature-film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). He suffered a stroke in 1995 and made a triumphant return to the big screen in 2000's Diamonds. He is the father of actor Michael Douglas.