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Also Known As: Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg Died: August 4, 1981
Born: April 5, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Macon, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, hat salesman, reporter

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Broadway star, in Hollywood from 1931. Often played the suave sophisticate in pursuit of a beautiful woman, as in Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Ninotchka" (1939) opposite Greta Garbo. Douglas began appearing in supporting roles in the early 1960s and turned in an award-winning performance in "Hud" (1963). Married to former actress turned US Representative Helen Gahagan.

Broadway star, in Hollywood from 1931. Often played the suave sophisticate in pursuit of a beautiful woman, as in Ernst Lubitsch's classic "Ninotchka" (1939) opposite Greta Garbo. Douglas began appearing in supporting roles in the early 1960s and turned in an award-winning performance in "Hud" (1963). Married to former actress turned US Representative Helen Gahagan.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hot Touch (1982) Max Reich
2.
 Ghost Story (1981) John Jaffrey
3.
 Tell Me a Riddle (1980) David
4.
 Seduction Of Joe Tynan, The (1979) Senator Birney
5.
 Changeling, The (1979) Senator Joseph Carmichael
6.
 Being There (1979) Benjamin Rand
7.
 Intimate Strangers (1977) Donald'S Father
8.
 Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) Zachariah Guthrie--Secretary Of Defense
9.
 Tenant, The (1976) Monsieur Zy
10.
 Murder or Mercy (1974) Dr Paul Harelson
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1919:
First role on Chicago stage
1929:
Broadway debut in "A Free Soul"
1931:
Screen acting debut in "Tonight or Never"
1942:
Made director Arts Council of the Office of Civilian Defense
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wife:
Rosalind Hightower. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Helen Gahagan. Actor. Married April 1931 until her death in 1980.

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father:
Edward Kurljandsky Graoidanin. Musician. Born in Riga, Latvia 1871.
mother:
Lina Shakelford.
brother:
George Hesselberg.
brother:
Lamar Hesselberg.
son:
Gregory Hesselberg. Born 1920; mother Rosalind Hightower.
son:
Melvin Douglas Jr. Born 1921; mother Rosalind Hightower.
son:
Peter Douglas. Born 1933; mother Helen Gahagan.
daughter:
Mary Helen Douglas. Born 1935; mother Helen Gahagan.
granddaughter:
Illeana Douglas. Actress.
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