Melvyn Douglas

Melvyn Douglas


Melvyn Douglas
Film: North side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Melvyn Douglas
TV: North side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg on April 5, 1901 in Macon, GA
Died Aug. 4, 1981 of pneumonia in Manhattan, NY

Melvyn Douglas was a consummate actor who played suave leading men, impish senior citizens and crusty fathers during a long Hollywood career.

Douglas acted in 76 feature films during a 50-year career. He won an Emmy for "CBS Playhouse," a Tony for "The Best Man" and two Oscars for his roles as a supporting actor in "Hud" (1963) with Paul Newman and "Being There" (1979) with Peter Sellers.

His early years were spent as a suave, romantic leading man opposite beauties such as Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. In his later years, he played a variably feisty, senile or crafty old man in "Hud" (1963), "Being There" (1979), "The Candidate" (1972), and "I Never Sang for My Father" (1970).

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1963 Best Supporting Actor Hud Win
    1970 Best Actor I Never Sang for My Father Nomination
    1979 Best Supporting Actor Being There Win

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