Michael Douglas (born on September 25, 1944 in New Brunswick,
New Jersey, USA) is an Oscar-winning American actor and producer. He
is the son of actor Kirk Douglas.
Douglas starred in the long-running TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. Michael Douglas also received an Academy Award as producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975. Although Douglas was a capable actor on Streets, his career was somewhat stagnant after the series, and he only appeared in occasional movies which were usually less than popular (for example, 1979's Running).
Michael Douglas fortunes changed with the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the
Stone. His role in this hit movie re-introduced Douglas as a capable and
likable leading man. In 1987, Douglas starred in Fatal Attraction with Glenn
Close and the film became a world-wide hit. Both Douglas and Close attended
the same prep school, Choate Rosemary Hall. In 1988, Douglas received
another Academy Award for the leading role in Wall Street.
In 1998, Michael Douglas received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Michael Douglas continues to be one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood and commands a hefty sum for his roles.
Michael is the son of the celebrated actor Kirk Douglas and Bermudian actress Diana Dill. He married Diandra Luker on 20 March 1977. They had one son, Cameron, born 1978-12-13. In 1980, Douglas was involved in a serious skiing accident which sidelined his acting career for three years. In September of 1992, he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse at Sierra Tucson Center.
In 2000, after 23 years of marriage, Diandra divorced Douglas, complaining of his womanizing, absenteeism, and not being a proper father to Cameron. Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones on November 18, 2000. She is exactly 25 years younger than Douglas. They have two children, Dylan (born 2000-08-08) and Carys (born 2003-04-20). Despite his previous marital problems Douglas has been an outspoken critic of other celebrities for their divorces, including Julia Roberts, Renee Zellwegger, and Brad Pitt, rebuking him for divorcing actress Jennifer Aniston in order to "go hold orphans with Angelina Jolie".
Michael 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 Shirin Ebadi.
In the 2004 primary elections, Michael Douglas endorsed the candidacy of Rep. Dick Gephardt.
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