Kirk Douglas’ Real Name was Issur Danielovitch Demsky
Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky. His parent’s original surname was Danielovitch, but they changed it to Demsky when they immigrated to the U.S. in 1912. When Douglas first started acting on Broadway, he went by Isadore Demsky, then changed it completely to Kirk Douglas just before enlisting in the navy during WWII. I couldn’t find any reliable source stating why he picked Kirk Douglas, so if anyone knows, feel free to mention it in the comments below.
References and Further Reading:
- Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning, by Kirk Douglas
- Kirk Douglas
- Hollywood Golden Age: Kirk Douglas
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