(1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful
(1952), Lust for Life
(1956), Paths of Glory
(1957), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Spartacus
(1960), and Lonely Are the Brave
He is No.17 on the American Film Institute
's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time
. In 1996, he received the Academy Honorary Award
"for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community."
Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, New York
, the son of Bryna "Bertha" (née Sanglel) and Herschel "Harry" Danielovitch, a businessman.
In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.
I tell my sons they didn't have my advantages growing up. I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.
Give your children lots of rope. Allow them to make their own mistakes. Don't give them too much advice. Each child is different; you have to respect that. It's a crapshoot: You roll the dice, and you see what happens.
Love has more depth as you get older.
The more I've studied the Torah, the less religious I've become, the more spiritual. We Jews are taught to read Hebrew, but we don't know what the hell we're reading. At Yom Kippur services, I was reading the English translations, and it came to me: There's so much adoration of God, but God doesn't need us to sing his praises. He just wants us to be better people.
Muslims follow Muhammad to reach God. Christians follow Jesus. Jews follow Moses. But it's all the same God.
Everybody has an ego.
I never wanted to be a movie actor. I started out on the stage. The first time I was invited out here, I turned it down. Then Michael was born and I needed money, so I came. Sometimes, the thing that ties you down sets you free.
The learning process continues until the day you die.
If I thought a man had never committed a sin in his life, I don't think I'd want to talk with him. A man with flaws is more interesting.