Damon Douglas was a young actor who appeared in several films and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the son of actor Kirk Douglas and his second wife Anne Buydens, and the half-brother of actor Michael Douglas. He died on October 29, 2006, at the age of 54, in Long Beach, California. His cause of death was never officially revealed, but some sources suggest he had a progressive pituitary disease that affected his growth and health. In this article, we will explore his life and career, and the mystery surrounding his death.
A Family of Stars
Damon Douglas was born as Damon Zenet Cofer on April 20, 1952, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His biological father was Bill Cofer, a Navy pilot who died in a plane crash when Damon was a baby. His mother, Anne Buydens, married Kirk Douglas in 1954, and he adopted Damon as his son. Damon grew up in a family of stars, with his half-brothers Michael and Joel, and his step-brother Peter, all pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
Damon showed an interest in acting from an early age, and made his film debut in 1972, in the western comedy Bad Company, starring Jeff Bridges. He played Jim Bob Logan, a young outlaw who joins a gang of misfits. He was credited as Damon Cofer, using his birth name. He then changed his name to Damon Douglas, and appeared in several other films, such as Massacre at Central High (1976), Skateboard (1978), and Reuben, Reuben (1983). He also had roles in TV shows, such as The Rookies, The Waltons, The Yellow Rose, and The Young and the Restless.
A Mysterious Illness
Damon Douglas had a rare condition that affected his growth and appearance. He was very short, with a height of 4 feet 6 inches, and had a childlike face. He also had a high-pitched voice and a slight limp. According to some sources, he had a progressive pituitary disease, which is a disorder that affects the production of hormones by the pituitary gland, a small organ at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland regulates many functions of the body, such as growth, metabolism, reproduction, and stress response. A pituitary disease can cause various symptoms, such as abnormal growth, weight gain or loss, fatigue, vision problems, sexual dysfunction, and mood changes.
Damon Douglas never publicly discussed his condition, and his family was very protective of his privacy. He was rarely seen in public, and avoided the spotlight. He worked as a therapist in the Los Angeles area, and married Gail Bryson in 1985. They had a daughter, Kelsey, in 1987.
A Sudden Death
Damon Douglas died in his sleep on October 29, 2006, in Long Beach, California. He was 54 years old. His cause of death was never officially announced, but it was speculated that it was related to his pituitary disease. His family and friends were shocked and saddened by his passing, and held a private funeral for him. He was buried in an unknown location.
Damon Douglas was a young actor who had a promising career, but was overshadowed by his famous family and his mysterious illness. He was a kind and generous person, who loved his wife and daughter. He left behind a legacy of courage and dignity that will not be forgotten.