Joel Douglas

Joel Douglas
Born (1947-01-23) January 23, 1947
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1975–2003
  • Susan Jorgensen
    (m. 1968; div. 1973)
  • Judith Corso
    (m. 1975; div. 1981)
  • Patricia Reid-Douglas
    (m. 1986; div. 2002)
  • Jo Ann Savitt
    (m. 2004; her death 2013)
Parent(s) Kirk Douglas
Diana Dill
Relatives Michael Douglas (brother)
Peter Douglas (half-brother)
Eric Douglas
Cameron Douglas (nephew)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (sister-in-law)
Kevin Brodie (brother-in-law)
Anne Buydens (stepmother)

Joel Douglas (born January 23, 1947) is an American film producer.


The second son of Kirk Douglas (born 1916) and Diana Dill (19232015), he was born one day after his mother's 24th birthday. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Gomel in Belarus (at that time a part of the Russian Empire).[1] His mother was from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda; Douglas's maternal grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill, served as Attorney General of Bermuda and was commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery.[2]

Joel chose not to follow his father and older brother into acting, opting instead to work behind the camera, producing several films throughout the 1970s and '80s.

Much of Douglas' work has centered on projects involving his family, including acting as co-producer on The Jewel of the Nile[3][4] and Romancing the Stone,[5] being an assistant director on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and in 2003, acting as associate producer on It Runs in the Family, which featured Kirk, Michael and Michael's son Cameron.

Joel Douglas has married four times. His first wife was Susan Jorgensen, whom he married in 1968.[6] He married Judith Corso in 1975, then Patricia Reid-Douglas in 1986.[7] His most recent marriage to Jo Ann Savitt, whom he married on 2 February 2004, lasted until her death on 21 November 2013.[8][9] Savitt was the daughter of bandleader Jan Savitt[10] and his wife Barbara Ann Stillwell Savitt, the step-daughter of actor Steve Brodie, whom her mother remarried, and the half-sister of Steve's son, actor Kevin Brodie. This made Joel the son-in-law of Jan Savitt.


  1. Tugend, Tom (December 12, 2006). "Lucky number 90". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2006.
  2. "Ancestors of Michael Kirk Douglas". Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  3. Lanigan, Catherine; Wilder, Joan (August 5, 1985). "The Jewel of the Nile". Avon. Retrieved August 5, 2017 via Google Books.
  4. Willis, John A. (August 5, 1986). "Screen World". Crown Publishers. Retrieved August 5, 2017 via Google Books.
  5. Norman Kagan: The Cinema of Robert Zemeckis, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003, p. 53
  6. Joel Douglas married Lawrence Journal-World, 23 December 1968
  7. "Patricia Reid-Douglas". IMDb. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  9. "Joel Douglas". IMDb. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  10. "Jo Ann Savitt Douglas's Obituary on The Desert Sun". The Desert Sun. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
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