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Melvyn Douglas is a Actor American born on 5 april 1901 at Macon (USA)

Melvyn Douglas

Melvyn Douglas
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Birth name Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg
Nationality USA
Birth 5 april 1901 at Macon (USA)
Death 4 august 1981 (at 80 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg (April 5, 1901 – August 4, 1981), better known as Melvyn Douglas, was an American actor.

Douglas came to prominence in the 1930s as a suave leading man, perhaps best typified by his performance in the 1939 romantic comedy Ninotchka with Greta Garbo. Douglas later took mature and fatherly roles as in his Academy Award-winning performances in Hud (1963) and Being There (1979) and his Academy Award-nominated performance in I Never Sang for My Father (1970).


Douglas was married briefly to artist Rosalind Hightower, and they had one child, (Melvyn) Gregory Hesselberg, in 1926. Hesselberg, an artist, is the father of actress Illeana Douglas.

In 1931, Douglas married actress-turned-politician Helen Gahagan. They traveled to Europe that same year, and "were horrified by French and German anti-Semitism". As a result, they became outspoken anti-Fascists, supporting the Democratic Party and Roosevelt's re-election. As a three-term Congresswoman, she was later Richard Nixon's opponent for the United States Senate seat from California in 1950.

Nixon accused Gahagan of being soft on Communism because of her opposition to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Nixon went so far as to call her "pink right down to her underwear". It was Gahagan who popularized Nixon's epithet "Tricky Dick".

Douglas and Gahagan had two children: Peter Gahagan Douglas (1933) and Mary Helen Douglas (1938). The couple remained married until Helen Gahagan Douglas' death in 1980 from cancer. Melvyn Douglas died a year later, in 1981, aged 80, from pneumonia and cardiac complications in New York City.

Best films

Being There (1979)
Hud (1963)
Captains Courageous (1937)
Ninotchka (1939)
The Candidate (1972)

Usually with

Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
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Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Melvyn Douglas (74 films)

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Ghost Story, 1h50
Directed by John Irvin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., John Houseman, Alice Krige, Craig Wasson
Roles Dr. John Jaffrey
Rating62% 3.149913.149913.149913.149913.14991
The plot is taken from the novel of the same name by Straub, but greatly changes and simplifies it.
The Changeling, 1h55
Directed by Peter Medak
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas, John Colicos, Barry Morse, Jean Marsh
Roles Sen. Joseph Carmichael
Rating72% 3.648443.648443.648443.648443.64844
John Russell (George C. Scott), a composer living in New York, New York, moves cross-country to Washington state following the deaths of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, John rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together.
Being There, 2h10
Directed by Hal Ashby
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about television, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Films about autism
Actors Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A. Dysart, Richard Basehart
Roles Benjamin Rand
Rating79% 3.9987353.9987353.9987353.9987353.998735
Chance (Peter Sellers) is a middle-aged man who lives in the townhouse of an old, wealthy man in Washington, D.C. He is simple-minded and has lived there his whole life, tending the garden. Other than gardening, his knowledge is derived entirely from what he sees on television. When his benefactor dies, Chance naively says he has no claim against the estate, and is ordered to move out. Thus he discovers the outside world for the first time.
The Seduction of Joe Tynan, 1h47
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas, Alan Alda, Charles Kimbrough
Roles Senator Birney
Rating61% 3.0512853.0512853.0512853.0512853.051285
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment and he finds himself struggling with his own morality and the corruption surrounding him. He falls for a lovely lady attorney and has an affair that jeopardizes his marriage, and possibly, his career.
Intimate Strangers, 1h36
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Dennis Weaver, Sally Struthers, Tyne Daly, Larry Hagman, Melvyn Douglas, Quinn Cummings
Roles Donald's father
Rating66% 3.3313253.3313253.3313253.3313253.331325
Donald Halston (Dennis Weaver) loses a policy at work, leading to a financial setback. He takes out this personal and financial humiliation on his loving wife Janice (Sally Struthers). After a fight over her daily spendings, he accidentally pushes her, causing her to spill coffee over herself. He immediately apologizes, and Janice does not wait long before forgiving him. The next morning, she runs into an old friend Karen Renshaw (Tyne Daly), who once left town for Florida but is now working as a drafts woman. They quickly become best friends.
Twilight's Last Gleaming, 2h26
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Genres Thriller
Themes Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors William Hootkins, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, William Smith
Roles Zachariah Guthrie
Rating67% 3.3977653.3977653.3977653.3977653.397765
After escaping from a military prison, rogue Air Force General Lawrence Dell (Burt Lancaster) and accomplices Powell (Paul Winfield) and Garvas (Burt Young) infiltrate an ICBM complex and gain launch control over its nine nuclear missiles. They then make direct contact with the US government (avoiding any media attention) and make their demands: $10 million ransom, and that the President (Charles Durning) go on national television and make public the contents of a top-secret document.
The Tenant
The Tenant (1976)
, 2h5
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson, Lila Kedrova, Claude Dauphin
Roles Monsieur Zy
Rating77% 3.8501153.8501153.8501153.8501153.850115
Trelkovsky (Roman Polanski), a quiet and unassuming man, rents an apartment in Paris whose previous tenant, Egyptologist Simone Choule, attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself out the window and through a pane of glass below. He visits Choule in the hospital but finds her entirely in bandages and unable to talk. Whilst still at Choule's bedside, Trelkovsky meets Simone's friend, Stella (Isabelle Adjani), who has also come to visit. Stella begins talking to Simone, who becomes aware of her visitors. Initially showing some signs of agitation upon seeing them, Choule soon lets out a disturbing cry, then dies. It isn't clear which of the two has caused this reaction. Apparently unaware that Choule is now dead, Trelkovsky tries to comfort Stella but dares not say that he never knew Simone, instead pretending to be another friend. They leave together and go out for a drink and a movie (1973's Enter The Dragon), where they fondle each other. Outside the theatre they part ways.
The Candidate, 1h46
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Karen Carlson, Natalie Wood
Roles John J. McKay
Rating70% 3.548813.548813.548813.548813.54881
Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle), a political election specialist, must find a Democratic candidate to oppose California U.S. Senator Crocker Jarmon, a popular Republican. With no big-name Democrat eager to enter the unwinnable race, Lucas seeks out Bill McKay (Robert Redford), the idealistic, charismatic son of former governor John J. McKay (Melvyn Douglas).
One Is a Lonely Number, 1h37
Directed by Mel Stuart
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Feminist films, Political films
Actors Trish Van Devere, Monte Markham, Janet Leigh, Melvyn Douglas, Jane Elliot, Jonathan Goldsmith
Roles Joseph Provo
Rating62% 3.1009753.1009753.1009753.1009753.100975
The story follows Aimee Brower (Van Devere), who wakes and finds her husband has left her. After learning everything about why he did it, she then proceeds to put her life back together.
I Never Sang for My Father, 1h32
Directed by Gilbert Cates
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Gene Hackman, Melvyn Douglas, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons, Conrad Bain, Elizabeth Hubbard
Roles Tom Garrison
Rating76% 3.8440353.8440353.8440353.8440353.844035
Gene Garrison (Gene Hackman) is a widowed New York college professor who is in a long distance relationship with a woman in California. Gene wants to marry and move to California, where his girlfriend has her medical practice and is raising her children. His mother is sympathetic to Gene's dreams of moving, although aware of the toll it could take on his father (Douglas). Family tension exists as his father disowned Gene's sister (Parsons), for marrying a Jew. When his mother suddenly dies, Gene's plans are thrown into disarray. Gene has lived in the shadow of his towering father, who is expecting Gene to stay and watch over him. Gene must decide for himself if he'll stay to care for his father or finally move on with his life.