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Kirk Douglas Has 4 Grown Sons - Meet All of Them

Bettina Dizon
Nov 28, 2019
05:00 A.M.
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Kirk Douglas, a veteran actor and Hollywood icon, has four sons who look like him and inherited his incredible skill in the industry.


Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas has lived to be over a century, leaving a legacy in the world of film and television. 

His son Michael has followed his footsteps into being one of the A-lister celebrities in the industry, although his other three kids, Joel, Peter, and Eric, have made him proud as well.

Here’s a look at the lives of all his kids with his first wife, actress Diana Dill, and his second wife, Anne Buydens.

Kick Douglas arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. | Source: Getty Images



Michael is the eldest son of Kirk and followed his father’s career in Hollywood, even earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Among his recognitions are two Oscar Awards, a Golden Globe, a Cecil B. DeMille Award, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.

Michael Douglas attends the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater. | Source: Getty Images


The father and son duo share a strong bond, given their shared passion and career. Michael once revealed how close they are in an interview. He said:

“He’s still very sharp. He just discovered FaceTime on his phone. So now he calls me every night, which is a bit crazy!”

Michael Douglas, Anne Buydens, Kirk Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrive at AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas. | Source: Getty Images


The actor also shared the role his father played in having a successful career through his honest comments and points for improvement. He said:

“When I first started, I was a very bad actor. My father came to see my first performance and was very honest about it. I asked, ‘How was I, Dad?’ ‘You were not very good, son.’”

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas attend the 2019 Netflix Primetime Emmy Awards. | Source: Getty Images


Kirk shared in his eldest son’s successes and is proud of all his achievements. The veteran actor was present during his awarding of the Hollywood Walk of Fame star, where Michael recognized him. He said:

“It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today. I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”

Michael has two kids, Dylan, and Carys, whom he shared with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a son Cameron from his previous partner.

Michael Douglas and son Cameron Douglas arrive for the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's "Ant-Man And The Wasp." | Source: Getty Images



Although Joel Douglas, the second eldest, did not become an actor like his father and brother, he did not choose a career that veered too far from the other two.

Kirk’s son worked behind the scenes as a film producer and had many classic films, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Romancing the Stone,” and “The Jewel of the Nile.”

He was married four times, with his latest partner being Jo-Ann Savitt. Sadly, she passed away in 2013. 

oel Douglas and his wife Jo Ann attend the Palm Springs International Film Society and its Film Festival honoring actor Kirk Douglas. | Source: Getty Images



Peter Douglas was the first son of Kirk and Anne, born Peter Vincent Douglas. In 1991, he married Lisa Marie Schoeder and had four kids, Kelsey, Tyler, Ryan, and Jason.

Like his brother Joel, Peter became a producer and worked on projects such as “Fletch,” “A Tiger’s Tale,” and “Whip It.” He was recognized with a Primetime Emmy for his television movie “Inherit the Wind.”

Actor Kirk Douglas and Peter Douglas attend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. | Source: Getty Images



The youngest of four siblings, Eric Douglas, passed away in 2004 due to an accidental drug overdose. He went towards the same direction in the entertainment industry and became a stand-up comic.

Eric made his on-screen debut alongside his father in the western film “A Gunfight” and later co-starred with Kirk in an episode of “Tales from the Crypt.”

Eric Douglas at the Drama Department 2nd Annual Company Picnic at the Greenwich House in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


Before his issues with the law, he appeared in movies, including “The Golden Child,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and “Honor Bound.”


Although his first marriage didn’t go well, Kirk’s second partner Anne became his genuine love for over sixty years, making them one of the longest-married couples in the history of Hollywood.

Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne arrive at the annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association installation luncheon. | Source: Getty Images


The couple has been inseparable ever since and shares several wonderful love letters from the past. When Anne turned a century old, she said:

“After 60 years of marriage, you go through a lot of obstacles -- and all of them are beautiful.”

Kirk added: “I just told my wife, ‘If you ever leave me, I’m going with you!” Kirk is currently 102-years-old and has left a legacy in the film industry.