/ : Michael Douglas /


Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Occupations: Actor, Director, Producer
Quote: About his father receiving an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: "The buildup was difficult, because Dad was struggling with his speech at that time. I had to be the one to tell him that he really shouldn't talk: It would be too uncomfortable. He had worked up his speech. He's such a hard worker. 'This is a moment to enjoy,' I told him. 'Just enjoy this; let's not make this a test.' It was much more relaxing and joyful that way. Everyone said it was brave for him to be there. I said, 'Brave? They could have taken him out there in an iron lung.' He was not going to not be there. That was not the issue. For me, the Oscar was late in coming. My emotion was that the industry finally stood up and acknowledged him, which was long overdue." --Buzz, September 12-18, 1997
 
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Claim to Fame: Executive produced Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Catherine Zeta-Jones, actress; engaged January 2000; married November 2000
Maureen Dowd, newspaper columnist
Elizabeth Vargas, TV newscaster
Wife: Diandra Douglas, producer; married 1977; divorced 1997
Brenda Vaccaro, actress; together 1970-76

Family:
Father: Kirk Douglas, actor, producer; married to Douglas' mother 1943-50
Mother: Diana (aka Diana Dill, Diana Douglas Darrid), actress; remarried
Stepfather: William Darrid
Brother: Joel, producer; born January 23, 1947; head of Victorine Studios in Nice, France
Half-brother: Peter, producer
Half-brother: Eric, actor, comedian
Son: Cameron; mother, Diandra Douglas
Son: Dylan Michael Douglas; born August 2000; mother, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Biography
A double threat in modern Hollywood filmmaking, Douglas has been a major force as both producer and actor. The handsome actor appeared in several typical features portraying idealistic youths confronting the issues of the day ("Hail, Hero", 1969; "Summertree", 1971), before co-starring with Karl Malden in the TV cop drama "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77). 5Douglas hit a home run with his feature executive producing debut: Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) netted major box-office returns and five Oscars, including a Best Picture statuette shared by Douglas and Saul Zaentz. The actor joined forces with Jane Fonda's IPC Films to co-produce and co-star in "The China Syndrome" (1979), which benefited greatly from the fortuitous timing of the near meltdown crisis at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. But until "Romancing the Stone" (1983), Douglas was more highly regarded as a producer than an actor but his superb portrayal of an amiably smug adventurer made critics and audiences appreciate his thespian abilities. He also enjoyed an easy onscreen rapport with co-stars Kathleen Turner and Danny De Vito and the trio further collaborated on the inevitable sequel, "Jewel of the Nile" (1985), and, most impressively, De Vito's black comedy of divorce, "War of the Roses" (1989). 5One characteristic that distinguishes Douglas from most other stars of his generation is the overt sleaziness of his screen persona. He exudes a smarminess and arrogance that serve as a critique of his characters, though at the same time his Everyman quality has served as a centerpiece for vehicles in which he is victimized by the lead female characters. These qualities effectively underlined the hypocrisy and the helplessness of his protagonist in "Fatal Attraction" (1987), proved spellbinding in his Oscar-winning portrayal of corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (1987) and served him well in later clashes with strong female co-stars, especially opposite Sharon Stone in Paul Verhoeven's stylish-looking but dramatically uninspired thriller, "Basic Instinct" (1992) and Demi Moore in Barry Levinson's cautionary tale of sexual harrassment, "Disclosure" (1994). Briefly abandoning sleaze, Douglas was surprisingly light and breezy as a widowed US Chief Executive engaging in a romance in the amiable "The American President" (1995). He returned to form as a man plotting the death of his wealthy young wife in "A Perfect Murder" (1998).

Filmography
One Night at McCool's (2001)
Don't Say a Word (2001)
Wonder Boys (2000)
The Directors: Milos Forman (2000)
Traffic (2000)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
One Day in September (1999)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Face Off (1997)
The Game (1997)
The Rainmaker (1997)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Nicholson (1997)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Maneaters of Tsavo (1996)
The American President (1995)
Disclosure (1994)
Falling Down (1993)
Made in America (1993)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Hard Promises (1992)
Radio Flyer (1992)
Shining Through (1992)
Eyes of an Angel (1991)
The Earth Day Special (1990)
Flatliners (1990)
Audubon Video: If Dolphins Could Talk (1990)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Black Rain (1989)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Lemmon (1988)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Wall Street (1987)
A Chorus Line (1985)
The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Starman (1984)
The Star Chamber (1983)
It's My Turn (1980)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Running (1979)
Coma (1978)
Nasty Habits (1976)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
When Michael Calls (1971)
Summertree (1971)
When Michael Calls (1971)
Adam at 6 a.m. (1970)
Hail, Hero! (1969)
Where's Jack? (1969)
 

Awards:
1975: Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture-Drama, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1975: Oscar: Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1980: Genie: Best Foreign Actor, Running
1984: NATO: Producer of the Year
1987: Oscar: Best Actor, Wall Street
1987: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), Wall Street
1987: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Wall Street
1996: People's Choice: Special Tribute; an achievement award for his film and television career as an actor, producer and film executive
1998: Honorary Cesar for achievement in acting

Factoids:
His track record for selling movies is unrivaled by any of his actor-producer peers

Education:
University of California at Santa Barbara; B.A.; Drama, 1968
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwright's Conference
Neighborhood Playhouse
American Place Theater


 

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