He experienced an impoverished childhood with his six sisters and immigrant parents. Through hard work and dedication, he earned his first film debut in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" in 1946, alongside Barbara Stanwyck. Afterwards, Douglas became a leading star through the 1950s and 1960s, and he was known for serious box-office dramas, including war movies and Westerns. During his 60-year acting career, he appeared in over 90 movies and played a role in helping end the Hollywood blacklist.
In 1949, Douglas became a star after playing a lead role in "Champion" as the unscrupulous boxing hero. His style of acting relied on powerful expressions of realism, emotion and concentration, and he frequently played roles that required such strong characters. Some of his earliest film roles included "Young Man with a Horn," where he played opposite Lauren Bacall in 1950, and "Ace in the Hole," one of Billy Wilder's most controversial films. Douglas received his second Oscar nomination for the dramatic role he played in "The Bad and the Beautiful" in 1952.Learn more about Art & Literature