Kirk Douglas – Awards & Honors
Douglas has been honored by governments and organizations of various countries, including France, Italy, Portugal, Israel, and Germany.
In 1957, he won the Best Actor award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival for The Vikings.
In 1981, Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter.
In 1984, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 1990, he received the French Legion of Honor for distinguished services to France in arts and letters.
In 1991, he received the AFI Life Achievement Award.
In 1994, Douglas’s accomplishments in the performing arts were celebrated in Washington, D.C., where he was among the recipients of the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
In 1998, he received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2002, he received the National Medal of Arts award from President Bush.
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
In October 2004, Kirk Douglas Way, a thoroughfare in Palm Springs, California was unveiled by the city’s International Film Society and Film Festival.
For his contributions to the motion picture industry, Douglas has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6263 Hollywood Blvd. He is one of the few personalities (along with James Stewart, Gregory Peck, and Gene Autry) whose star has been stolen and later replaced.
Signing his name at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 1, 1962
His handprints and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
AFI Life Achievement Award
1991 Accepted AFI Life Achievement Award
Kennedy Center Honors
1996 Honorary Award for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community
1956 Lust for Life nominated for Best Actor
1952 Bad & the Beautiful nominated for Best Actor
1949 Champion nominated for Best Actor
1986 Amos nominated for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
1968 Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement
1957 Lust for Life won for Best Actor-Drama
1952 Detective Story nominated for Best Actor-Drama
2002 Touched by an Angel nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1992 Tales from the Crypt nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1986 Amos nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special
Screen Actors Guild Awards
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award
1963 Lonely Are the Brave nominated for Best Foreign Actor
BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards
2009 Britannia Award for contributions to worldwide entertainment
Berlin International Film Festival
2001 Honorary Golden Bear
1975 Posse nominated for Competing Film
1980 Honorary Cesar
Hollywood Film Festival
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award
National Board of Review
1988 Career Achievement Award
New York Film Critics Circle Award
1956 Lust for Life won for Best Actor
1951 Detective Story nominated for Best Actor
In 1983, Douglas received the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. In 1996, Douglas received an Honorary Academy Award for “50 years as a moral and creative force in the motion picture community.” The award was presented by producer/director Steven Spielberg.
As a result of Douglas’s stroke the previous summer, however, in which he lost most of his speaking ability, his close friends and family were concerned about whether he should try to speak, or what he should say. Both his son, Michael, and his long-time friend, Jack Valenti, urged him to only say “Thank you”, and leave the stage. Douglas agreed. But when standing in front of the audience, he had second thoughts: “I intended to just say ‘thank you,’ but I saw 1,000 people, and felt I had to say something more, and I did.” Valenti remembers that after Douglas held up the Oscar, addressed his sons, and told his wife how much he loved her, everyone was astonished at his voice’s improvement:
The audience went wild with applause [and] erupted in affection … rising to their feet to salute this last of the great movie legends, who had survived the threat of death and stared down the demons that had threatened to silence him. I felt an emotional tidal wave roaring through the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the L.A. Music Center