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About Eric Anthony Douglas
Eric Douglas was a stand up comedian who occasionally acted in low budget movies.
He was born Eric Anthony Douglas in Los Angeles, California, the youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas and Belgian mother Anne Buydens. His brother is Peter Douglas and his half-brothers are Michael Douglas and Joel Douglas.
Douglas wanted to be an actor from a young age, and often appeared in small roles in movies that starred his father. His first acting role was in the 1971 B-Western "A Gunfight", starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash, in which he played the son of his real-life father. Douglas continued to play in both small and supporting roles sporadically throughout the 1980s, with a minor role in the hit Eddie Murphy movie "The Golden Child" and the Matt Dillon vehicle "The Flamingo Kid" being his most notable appearances.
Douglas performed stand-up in New York City comedy clubs with much of his self-deprecating material coming from his status as the 'black sheep' of the Douglas dynasty. Douglas often made news headlines throughout his life, with his frequent run ins with the law bringing him notoriety.
Douglas performed off-Broadway at the Village Gate Theater with the critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe Noo Yawk Tawk in the late 1980s.
In 1991, Douglas appeared with his father (in his Emmy-nominated performance) in "Yellow", the Season 3 finale of the television series Tales from the Crypt, as a young officer in World War I brought up on charges of cowardice by his commanding general, who is also his cold-hearted father.
Douglas studied at Pitzer College, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Douglas was regarded as very intelligent by his father, Kirk Douglas, according to the book, The Ragman's Son.
On July 6, 2004, Douglas was found dead in his New York apartment by a maid who had come in to clean. He was 46 years old. His death was caused by an "acute intoxication" by the combined effects of alcohol, tranquilizers and painkillers. Douglas is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, California.