- NAME: Michael Douglas
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Film Actor, Filmmaker
- BIRTH DATE: September 25, 1944 (Age: 69)
- Did You Know?: The father of Michael Douglas is the famed actor Kirk Douglas, known for roles in films like Spartacus.
- Did You Know?: Michael Douglas got the rights to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest from his father, Kirk Douglas, who owned the movie rights to Ken Kesey's original novel for years.
- EDUCATION: University of California, Santa Barbara, The American Place Theatre, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New Brunswick, New Jersey
- Full Name: Michael Kirk Douglas
- AKA: Michael Douglas
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Michael Douglas is an American actor best known for his roles on TV's Streets of San Francisco and in the films Wall Street, Fatal Attraction and Wonder Boys.
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Michael Douglas, son of movie star Kirk Douglas, was born in New Jersey in 1944. He gained fame after starring in the cop show Streets of San Francisco (1972–77). His film career took off shortly after, with starring roles in The China Syndrome (1979), Romancing the Stone (1984) and Wall Street (1987), for which he won an Academy Award. Later films include Fatal Attraction (1987),
"For an actor, it's great fun to play one of these hungry white sharks. Audiences love to hate them."
"The one thing that men and women have in common—they both like the company of men."
"All of a sudden the affection from my family, from my friends, and from my fans hit me at a much deeper level than I would have ever imagined before. And it gave me a really new appreciation of just how valuable, how precious good friends are and family."
"I never expected to become a poster boy for head and neck cancer, but, if after what started out as trying to answer a couple of questions about the suspected sources of this disease results in opening up discussion and furthering public awareness, then I'll stand by that."
"What I'm most proud of is that you forget about Matt and me pretty quickly, because the story sucks you in so much that you forget it's about two guys, and you’re just watching a relationship between two people who really love each other."
"In the past, on purpose, I've never known what movie I'm going to do next. I never knew how I would feel when I finished a picture. Now it feels great to be back at work."
"I was conscious of my father's fame from the time I was six."
"When we finally got [One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest] going, my father's career had changed. He'd become a little older, and our director, Milos Forman, did not think he was right for the lead role. That was probably the most difficult moment in the history of my life with my father."
"Every time I'm out, a drunken Wall Street guy comes up to me to say, 'You're the man.'?It's depressing. Gordon Gekko was not a hero."
"My father is 96, and he's still a really competitive guy. I tease him and say, 'Let the legacy go on!' Fathers and sons: They may want to beat you, but they still love you. Who else can you say that about?"
Basic Instinct (1992) and Wonder Boys (2000). He he still finds prominent parts later in his career, starring in films such as the Emmy Award-winning Behind the Candelabra (2013) and Last Vegas (2013). Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2000 and the couple announced that they were separated but working on their marriage in 2013.
Michael Kirk Douglas was born on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Diana Dill. Michael grew up with three brothers: Joel, Peter and Eric. As the son of a famed actor, Michael Douglas grew up with a strained relationship with his father, which developed more as he progressed through life. He studied drama at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the American Place Theatre.
Douglas began his Hollywood career as an assistant director on some of father Kirk Douglas's 1960s films. After roles in several television dramas, he gained notoriety by co-starring with Karl Malden in the 1970s TV series The Streets of San Francisco (ABC, 1972-77). He also directed two episodes of the show.
In 1975, Douglas served as executive producer for Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which went on to win five Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. He got involved in the film after his father, who owned the rights to Ken Kesey's novel of the same name, couldn't successfully develop it into a film. Despite the success of the film, it was difficult for Michael Douglas to find work as an actor, having recieved so much recognition as a producer. In 1979, he starred with Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon in the film The China Syndrome, which he also co-produced.
Douglas landed his first leading man role in Romancing the Stone (1984), portraying Jack Colton, an Indiana Jones-type adventurer. This successful teaming of Douglas with Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner led to a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985). The three worked again in The War of the Roses (1989), a dark comedy about an ugly divorce.
In 1987, Douglas made two films that reflected a much darker side: Fatal Attraction, in which he played an adulterer stalked by an ex-lover—played by Glenn Close)—and Oliver Stone's Wall Street, in which he played the corporate raider Gordon Gekko, whose trademark slogan is "Greed is good." For this role, Douglas won an Academy Award for best actor. He continued exploring his dark side years later, co-starring with Sharon Stone in the thriller Basic Instinct in 1992.
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