Michael Douglas is a Actor and Co-Producer American born on 25 september 1944 at New Brunswick (USA)
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Birth name Michael Kirk DouglasNationality USABirth 25 september 1944Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an American film producer and actor of stage and screen whose career includes a diverse range of films in both independent and blockbuster films for which he has received a number of accolades both competitive and honorary; these include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment" and the AFI Life Achievement Award which "honor[s] an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture".
(75 years) at New Brunswick (USA
)Creator of Further FilmsAwards
Academy Award for Best Actor
The eldest of four children of actor Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas received his B.A. in drama from the University of California. His early acting roles included film, stage and television productions; Douglas first achieved prominence for his co-lead performance opposite Karl Malden in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, for which Douglas received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. In 1975, Douglas produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, having acquired the rights to the Ken Kesey novel from his father. The film received critical and popular acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, earning Douglas his first Oscar as one of the film's producers. After leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas went on to produce films including The China Syndrome (1979) and Romancing the Stone (1984); he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for the latter, which he also starred in, reintroducing Douglas to audiences as a capable leading man. After reprising his Romancing the Stone role as Jack Colton in the 1985 sequel The Jewel of the Nile (which he also produced) and appearing in the musical A Chorus Line (1985) and the psychological thriller Fatal Attraction (1987), Douglas received widespread acclaim for his iconic portrayal of amoral corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the Oliver Stone-directed drama Wall Street for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He reprised the role in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
Douglas's subsequent notable film roles included The War of the Roses (1989); Basic Instinct (1992); The American President (1995); The Game (1997); Traffic and Wonder Boys (2000); and Solitary Man (2009). In 2013, Douglas's performance as Liberace in the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra received universal critical acclaim and the actor won numerous accolades for his role, including Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Apart from his career in the film industry, Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism as well as media attention for his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones and tongue cancer diagnosis.
After the filming of Summertree in 1971, Douglas began dating actress Brenda Vaccaro, a relationship that lasted nearly six years.
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.
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). 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. 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.
Douglas, the son of 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. His son, Dylan, had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, and the Douglas family traveled to Jerusalem to mark the occasion.
Douglas was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Genesis Prize, a $1 million prize, awarded by the Genesis Prize Foundation. 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.
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Diana Dill Kirk Douglas Anne Buydens
Diandra Luker Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta-Jones Joel Douglas Peter Douglas Lisa Schoeder Eric Douglas
Cameron Douglas Dylan Michael Douglas Carys Zeta Douglas Kelsey Douglas Tyler Douglas Ryan Douglas Jason Douglas