Michael Douglas
American actor and producer
Michael Douglas
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including Cecil B. DeMille Award, and two Academy Awards; as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. Other performances include The Game, Wonder Boys, Traffic and Solitary Man. Douglas received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009.
Biography
Michael Douglas's personal information overview.
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The Use of the "F-Word" in Book Titles
Huffington Post - 12 days
While the use of the F-word in books, movies and other media is now as common as oxygen, I recently read that it is now making its way more than ever into the actual titles of books, and is becoming a prominent feature in their cover designs, certainly destined for even greater proliferation. To those of us who grew up unaccustomed to that infamous word as a descriptive expletive, it does come with a wink and a gulp. When I was growing up during the depression in Brooklyn, the verbal or written use of the F-word was practically non-existent. Of course it was out there, but I rarely heard it spoken even where boys of that time congregated in the schoolyard, the playing field, and the traditional indoor and outdoor hangouts. I can't speak for women, but I would bet the barn that the F-word and all it stood for was locked in a vault of deep mental suppression. There were so called "cusswords" bandied about but they rarely attained the singularly black reputation of the ...
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Kirk Douglas Rings In The Big 100 With Birthday Bash Worthy Of A Legend
Huffington Post - 3 months
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This Is How Celebrities Are Celebrating Thanksgiving In 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
It’s that time of year again! The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is a time for us to be thankful for all the things we hold near and dear to us. It’s also a time for us to stuff our faces with as much turkey and stuffing as we can eat while sitting through inevitable conversations about politics. (But hey, we say it’s time to Make Thanksgiving Awkward Again.)  Of course, the holidays aren’t just for us regular folk. Hollywood’s biggest stars also get in on the festive action.  From Gwyneth Paltrow to Eva Longoria, here’s a look at how some of our favorite stars spent their Turkey Day: Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin and their kids have a sweet reunion.  Here is to reunions, togetherness, family, and love love love. Happy thanksgiving eve, everyone. Love, gp A photo posted by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:27pm PST Lucy Hale prepared to eat herself “into oblivion.” Bye Australia you were so pretty! But it's ...
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Catherine Zeta-Jones Sends A Message To Paparazzi With Her Sexy Bikini Pics
Huffington Post - 3 months
Catherine Zeta-Jones took a page from the Selena Gomez playbook and hit back at paparazzi who crashed her vacation and snapped some unflattering pics of her.  On Wednesday, the “Chicago” star posted a photo collage on Instagram featuring two pics of her in a black bikini. She looks great, of course. (And that scenery is making us extremely jealous.) “Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing,” wrote Zeta-Jones, 47, in her caption.  Pissed the paparazzi photographed my ass, thus sharing the photographs my husband took of my ass. Always a better option for viewing . A photo posted by Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones) on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:27pm PST The actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, are currently on vacation in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he wasn’t snapping photos of his gorgeous wife, the “Wall Street” actor shared a couple p ...
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Michael Douglas Totally Blew His First Chance With Catherine Zeta-Jones
Huffington Post - 4 months
Michael Douglas has revealed how his initial attempt at wooing his now-wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, didn’t go exactly to plan. The Hollywood legend recounted on “The Jonathan Ross Show” the moment that he told the Welsh star that he would be the father of her children — within just half an hour of first talking to her. “It sounded good,” said Douglas, in footage due to be aired in the United Kingdom on Saturday night. But Zeta-Jones wasn’t impressed. “She said, ‘You know, I’ve heard a lot about you and I’ve seen a lot about you and I think it’s time that I say goodnight,’” Douglas recalled. He thought he’d “totally blown” his opportunity with Zeta-Jones. So Douglas sent roses and an apology on to the hotel in Scotland where she was staying the following evening. It all worked out OK, in the end. The couple went on to marry in 2000 and later have two children. Their marriage has also survived a temporary split in 2013. Sometimes Hollywo ...
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Michael Douglas raises concerns about Val Kilmer's health
CNN - 4 months
Actor Michael Douglas has painted a grim picture of his former co-star Val Kilmer's health, but Kilmer insists he's conducting business as usual.
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Richard's Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2016
Huffington Post - 4 months
The wisdom of the crowd is a beautiful thing, except when it's not. When it comes to matters of taste, the pack tends to push quality assessments to a lower common denominator. That can be good when the bar is a best-surprise-is-no-surprise epistemology, but if you seek quality of a different metric...say, personality, artistic rendition, personalized service, even singularity, then crowd sourcing may not be the best way to go. Rotten Tomatoes is a great example, as the movie goers rarely give same marks as the professional critics, and I often align with a particular critic and take his word over the crowd. Even TripAdvisor is problematic, at least for me, beyond the suspect reviews, as the average hotel guest has appetites quite different from my own. My work takes me to a blur of hotels each year, and I have developed a stick for certain qualities, from the magic of a daring vista, to the diacritic bathroom notions, the embroidery of comfort, and the intrigue of options. ...
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We, The Plutocrats vs. We, The People
Huffington Post - 6 months
The following is a condensed version of a speech that Bill Moyers delivered at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, on July 8, 2016, and is crossposted at TomDispatch.com. Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter -- small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something every day. I soon had a stroke of luck. Some of the paper's old hands were on vacation or out sick and I was assigned to help cover what came to be known across the country as "the housewives' rebellion." Fifteen women in my hometown decided not to pay the Social Security withholding tax for their domestic workers. Those housewives were white, their housekeepers black. Almost half of all employed black women in the country then were in domestic service. Because they tended to earn lower wages, accumulate less savings and be stuc ...
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Michael Douglas Says His Father Kirk Once Thought He Was A 'Terrible' Actor
Huffington Post - 6 months
Michael Douglas is now an accomplished performer. But when he was just starting out, he very much lived in the shadow of his famous father, Kirk Douglas. Perhaps even worse, Douglas did not have his father’s approval when he first starting acting, according to a new interview on ITV morning show “Lorraine.” “I remember the first show I did, he came back and he said, ‘Michael, you were absolutely terrible,’” Douglas said on the program. “And he was so relieved because he thought, ‘I don’t have to worry about my son becoming an actor. He was so bad.’ And I kind of stayed with it and kept working with it and a few shows later he came back and said, ‘Not bad.’” Not bad is right. At 71 years old, Douglas has earned accolades most actors only dream of ― two Oscars, three Golden Globes, one Emmy and countless other wins and nominations. But after being diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in 2010, Douglas feared he would never work again. “When you are waiting to find out if you ...
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Cameron Douglas, Michael Douglas' son, released from prison after nearly seven years
LATimes - 7 months
Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas, has reportedly been released from prison after serving almost seven years and is living in a halfway house.  Cameron Douglas is planning to write a tell-all book about his experiences after being convicted on drug charges, according to Page Six, which...
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Trump, Kelly, Casablanca & Other Fripperies
Huffington Post - 9 months
Narcissism. It's a basic requirement for many entertainers, actors, television performers and most anyone who works in front of a camera and is successful. This is not a diss on narcissists. It takes a great deal to prevail in their arenas. They endure waves of rejection in the beginning of their careers. There's massive competition for these highly prized on-camera jobs. You've got to have powerful motivation to make it and that fuel can only come from you. The key to thriving as a narcissist is knowing you are a narcissist and covering it with something more palatable like self-deprecation, humility or humor. People generally don't like people who are all full of themselves with the possible exception of The Trumpeter. Apparently Fox TV anchor Megyn Kelly hasn't quite figured this out yet. In her first prime-time, Barbara Walters-style interview show featuring Robin Wright-style hair, she joked with Michael Douglas saying she how she felt "honored to be on your bucket list." " ...
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Douglas dons purple in honor of Prince at Tribeca Film Fest
Yahoo News - 10 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Douglas paid simple homage to Prince at the Tribeca Film Festival with his attire: a matching purple shirt and pullover V-neck sweater.
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Michael Douglas donating his film collection to NY museum
Yahoo News - 11 months
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is donating his personal collection of more than three dozen film prints to Rochester's George Eastman Museum.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Douglas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 70
    In June 2015, during a visit in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, Douglas said the boycott movement against that country is an "ugly cancer."
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 Douglas joined the project Soldiers of Peace, a movie against all wars and for global peace. Douglas lent his support for the campaign to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman, who after having been convicted of committing adultery, was given a sentence of death by stoning.
    Douglas was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Genesis Prize, a $1 million prize, awarded by the Genesis Prize Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas plans to donate the prize money to activities designed to raise awareness about inclusion and diversity in Jewish life, and to finding innovative solutions to pressing global and community problems. Douglas is a U.S. citizen by birth in the United States and has Bermudian Status through his mother's birth in Bermuda. In 1980, Douglas was involved in a serious skiing accident which sidelined his acting career for three years. On September 17, 1992, the same year Basic Instinct came out, he began a 30-day treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction at Sierra Tucson Center. In 1997, New York caddie James Parker sued Douglas for $25 million. Parker accused Douglas of hitting him in the groin with an errant golf ball, causing Parker great distress. The case was later settled out of court. In 2004, Douglas and Zeta-Jones took legal action against stalker Dawnette Knight, who was accused of sending violent letters to the couple that contained graphic threats on Zeta-Jones's life. Testifying, Zeta-Jones said the threats left her so shaken she feared a nervous breakdown. Knight claimed she had been in love with Douglas and admitted to the offenses, which took place between October 2003 and May 2004. She was sentenced to three years in prison.
    He was to resume announcing duties when Williams returns from his suspension in late 2015, but anchor Lester Holt was named permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News effective June 22 after Williams was reassigned to MSNBC.
    More Details Hide Details According to film historian and critic David Thomson, Douglas was capable of playing characters who were "weak, culpable, morally indolent, compromised, and greedy for illicit sensation without losing that basic probity or potential for ethical character that we require of a hero." Critic and author Rob Edelman points out similarities in many of Douglas's roles, writing that in some of his leading films, he personified the "contemporary, Caucasian middle-to-upper-class American male who finds himself the brunt of female anger because of real or imagined sexual slights." These themes of male victimization are seen in films such as Fatal Attraction (1987), with Glenn Close, War of the Roses (1989), with Kathleen Turner, Basic Instinct (1992), with Sharon Stone, Falling Down (1993), and Disclosure (1994), with Demi Moore. For his characters in films such as these, "any kind of sexual contact with someone other than his mate and the mother of his children is destined to come at a costly price." Edelman describes his characters as the "Everyman who must contend with, and be victimized by, these women and their raging, psychotic sexuality."
    He played Hank Pym in the 2015 movie Ant-Man, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The film was directed by Peyton Reed and starred Paul Rudd. Douglas is on the Board of Selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. On February 10, 2015, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that anchor Brian Williams would be suspended from NBC Nightly News for six months without pay for having misrepresented an event that happened during the Iraq War in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Douglas no longer announces the program's introduction.
    Douglas, who has a Jewish father and an Anglican mother, was not raised with a religious affiliation, but stated in January 2015 that he now identifies as a Reform Jew.
    More Details Hide Details His son, Dylan, had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and the Douglas family traveled to Jerusalem to mark the occasion.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    In August 2014, Douglas was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.
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  • 2013
    Age 68
    In August 2013, People claimed that Douglas and Zeta-Jones began living separately in May 2013, but had not taken any legal action towards separation or divorce.
    More Details Hide Details A representative for Zeta-Jones subsequently confirmed that they "are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage." It was reported on November 1 that the couple had reconciled and Catherine moved back into their New York apartment.
    In October 2013, Douglas said he had suffered from tongue cancer, not throat cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He announced it as throat cancer upon the advice of his physician, who felt it would be unwise to reveal that he had tongue cancer given its negative prognosis and potential for disfigurement, particularly because the announcement came immediately before Douglas's promotional tour for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Douglas and Zeta-Jones hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2003. They acted as co-masters of ceremony in the concert celebrating the award given to Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi. In 2006, Douglas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is an advocate of nuclear disarmament, a supporter of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, sits on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and is an honorary Board Member of the anti-war grant-making foundation Ploughshares Fund. In 1998, he was appointed UN Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is a notable Democrat and has donated money to Barack Obama, Christopher Dodd, and Al Franken. He has been a major supporter of gun control since John Lennon was murdered in 1980.
    In June 2013, Douglas told The Guardian that his type of cancer is caused by HPV, transmitted by cunnilingus, leading some media to report this as well.
    More Details Hide Details His spokesman denied these reports and portrayed Douglas's conversation with The Guardian as general and not referring specifically to his own diagnosis. Although Douglas described the cancer as throat cancer, it was publicly speculated that he may actually have been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer.
  • 2011
    Age 66
    On January 11, 2011, he said in an interview that the tumor was gone, though the illness and aggressive treatment had caused him to lose thirty-two pounds.
    More Details Hide Details He noted that he would require monthly screenings because of a high chance of recurrence within two to three years.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    In November 2010, Douglas's doctors put him on a special weight-gain diet due to excessive weight loss that had left him weak.
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    It was announced on August 16, 2010 that Douglas was suffering from throat cancer (later revealed to have actually been tongue cancer), and would undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas subsequently confirmed that the cancer was at stage IV, the most advanced stage. Douglas credits the discovery of his cancer to the public Canadian health system since a doctor in Montreal, Quebec diagnosed the actor's medical condition after numerous American specialists failed to do so. To express his gratitude, Douglas has since participated in fundraisers for Montreal's Jewish General Hospital, where he was diagnosed, and the McGill University Health Centre with which the hospital is affiliated. Douglas attributed the cancer to a combination of stress, his previous alcohol abuse, and years of heavy smoking. In July 2011, Star magazine published photographs which appeared to show Douglas smoking a cigarette while on holiday that month. A representative declined to comment on the photographs.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    In December 2007 Douglas began announcing the introduction to NBC Nightly News.
    More Details Hide Details Howard Reig, the previous announcer, had retired two years earlier. Douglas collaborated with Steven Soderbergh again on the 2013 film Behind the Candelabra, playing Liberace, opposite Matt Damon, centered on the pianist's life. His portrayal of Liberace received critical acclaim, which resulted in him receiving the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. He also won SAG and Golden Globe Awards for the performance.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    He then starred in and produced the action-thriller The Sentinel in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, he also guest-appeared on the episode, "Fatal Attraction", of the popular television sitcom Will and Grace, as a gay cop attracted to Will Truman (Eric McCormack); the performance earned Douglas an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Show. Douglas was approached for Basic Instinct 2, but he declined to participate in the project.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 58
    In 2003, he starred in It Runs in the Family, which featured three generations of his family (his parents, Kirk and Diana, as well as his own son, Cameron).
    More Details Hide Details The film, although a labor of love, was not successful, critically or at the box office.
  • 2000
    Age 55
    In 2000 Douglas starred in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed film Traffic, opposite Benicio del Toro and future wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he also received critical acclaim for his role in Wonder Boys, as a professor and novelist suffering from writer's block. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama as well as several other awards from critics. Douglas starred in Don't Say a Word (2001), filmed shortly before his marriage to Zeta-Jones.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    In 1998 Douglas received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    In 1994 Douglas and Demi Moore starred in the hit movie Disclosure focusing on the topic of sexual harassment with Douglas playing a man harassed by his new female boss.
    More Details Hide Details Other popular films he starred in during the decade were Falling Down, The American President, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Game (directed by David Fincher), and a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic – Dial M for Murder – titled A Perfect Murder.
  • 1992
    Age 47
    In 1992, Douglas had another successful starring role when he appeared alongside Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct.
    More Details Hide Details The movie was a box office hit, and sparked controversy over its depictions of bisexuality and lesbianism.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    In 1989 he starred in Ridley Scott's international police crime drama Black Rain opposite Andy García and Kate Capshaw; the film was shot in Osaka, Japan.
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    Douglas starred in the 1989 film The War of the Roses, which also starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.
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  • 1987
    Age 42
    The year 1987 saw Douglas star in the horror thriller Fatal Attraction with Glenn Close.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he played tycoon Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's Wall Street for which he received an Academy Award as Best Actor. He reprised his role as Gekko in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010, also directed by Stone.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 39
    Douglas's acting career was propelled to fame when he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone.
    More Details Hide Details It also reintroduced Douglas as a capable leading man and gave director Robert Zemeckis his first box-office success. The film also starred Danny DeVito, a friend of Douglas since they had shared an apartment in the 1960s. It was followed a year later by a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile, which he also produced.
  • 1979
    Age 34
    In 1979, he both produced and starred in The China Syndrome, a dramatic film co-starring Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon about a nuclear power plant accident (the Three Mile Island accident took place 12 days after the film's release).
    More Details Hide Details The film was considered "one of the most intelligent Hollywood films of the 1970s."
  • 1977
    Age 32
    In March 1977, Douglas, who was 32 years old at the time, married 19-year-old Diandra Luker, the daughter of an Austrian diplomat. They had one son, Cameron, born in 1978. In 1995, Diandra filed for divorce and was awarded $45 million as part of the divorce settlement.
    More Details Hide Details Dating since March 1999, Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones on November 18, 2000. They were both born on September 25, though 25 years apart. Zeta-Jones says that when they met in Deauville, France, Douglas said, "I want to father your children." They have two children, son Dylan Michael (born August 8, 2000) and daughter Carys Zeta (born April 20, 2003).
  • 1976
    Age 31
    After leaving Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas played a hospital doctor in the medical thriller Coma (1978), and in 1979 he played the role of a troubled marathon runner in Running.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975, Douglas received from his father, Kirk Douglas, the rights to the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
    More Details Hide Details Michael went on to produce the film of the same name with Saul Zaentz. Kirk Douglas hoped to portray McMurphy himself, having starred in an earlier stage version, but was deemed too old for the part by his son Michael. Kirk relented, and the lead role went instead to Jack Nicholson, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Douglas won the Award for Best Picture for producing the film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 27
    His first significant role came in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976, in which he starred alongside Karl Malden.
    More Details Hide Details Douglas later said that Malden became a "mentor" and someone he "admired and loved deeply". After Douglas left the show, he had a long association with his mentor until Malden's death on July 1, 2009. In 2004, Douglas presented Malden with the Monte Cristo Award of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    After the filming of Summertree in 1971, Douglas began dating actress Brenda Vaccaro, a relationship that lasted nearly six years.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    Douglas attended The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and The Choate Preparatory School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968, where he was also the Honorary President of the UCSB Alumni Association.
    More Details Hide Details He studied acting with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre in New York City. Michael Douglas started his film career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in little known films such as Hail, Hero! Adam at 6 A.M., and Summertree. His performance in Hail, Hero! earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1944.
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