- NAME: Michael Douglas
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Film Actor, Filmmaker
- BIRTH DATE: September 25, 1944 (Age: 68)
- 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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In the fall of 2001, Douglas headlined the thriller Don't Say a Word, co-starring with actress Brittany Murphy in the film. Two years later, he was featured in It Runs in the Family (2003), alongside his famous father, his mother and his son, Cameron. The film, which fared poorly at the box office, told the story of a multi-generational clan trying to get along.
Following in his father's footsteps, in 2004,
Douglas was honored as the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
In 2010, Douglas announced that he would be reprising his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. The film, also starring Shia LeBeouf and Carey Mulligan, was released in the U.S. that September. Douglas went on to work on the biopic Liberace (slated to hit theaters in 2013), starring in the film as the famous 1950s and '60s entertainer Wladziu Liberace.
Douglas's life was forced to a halt in August 2010, when the heavy smoker discovered that he had developed a throat tumor. The 65-year-old actor was told by doctors that he would have to undergo eight weeks of chemotherapy. Doctors expect the Oscar winner to make a full recovery, and Douglas told reporters that he was "very optimistic" about his prognosis.
Douglas married Diandra Luker in 1977. They had one son, Cameron, but were separated in 1995 and later divorced. On November 18, 2000, Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, his Traffic co-star. The couple welcomed a son, Dylan Michael Douglas, in August 2000, followed by daughter Carys Zeta Douglas in April 2003.
Outside of his busy acting career, Douglas is active in promoting human rights. His work in this area includes serving as a United Nations messenger of peace.
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