After playing minor parts on Broadway, Douglas was cast in his first movie, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). Three years later, the cleft-chinned actor accepted the lead in Champion and netted his first Oscar nomination; Douglas earned his second nod for 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful. A third Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe came in 1956 with Lust for Life. By this time, he'd established his screen personae -- virile men whose bluster veils internal turmoil.
In 1960, Douglas produced and starred in his seminal film: Spartacus. Later works of note include Seven Days in May (1964), The Arrangement (1969), Saturn 3 (1980) and Tough Guys (1986). Douglas suffered a stroke in 1996 but returned to the big screen with Diamonds in 1999.