Michael Douglas (I)

Michael Douglas (I)


New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Michael Kirk Douglas


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Michael Douglas was born on 25 September 1944, in Brunswick, New Jersey. He studied drama at college, and started his film career in the late 1960s with roles in minor films. His big break actually came as a producer, when his father Kirk Douglas gave him the rights…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2013, Michael won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Liberace on Behind the Candelabra.

    • In 1987, Michael won another Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Gordon Gekko on Wall Street.

    • In 2001, Michael won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Traffic.

    • Michael has been nominated for four Emmy Awards. From 1974-1976, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Drama for The Streets of San Francisco. In 2002, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace.

    • In January 2007, Michael took on a new role as a news presenter and introduced anchorman Brian Williams ahead of NBC's Nightly News, each weeknight at 6:30pm.

    • Michael Douglas made his film debut in 1969 in a movie called Hail Hero! He portrayed a pacifist hippie draft evader who decides to fight in Vietnam.

    • Michael Douglas first learned about film making while he was on the set of his father's movie Lonely Are the Brave.

    • Michael Douglas is an accomplished actor, producer, writer and director.

    • Michael Douglas went to a military school when he was younger.

    • Michael Douglas has been active in lobbying for gun control, since John Lennon was killed in 1980.

    • Michael Douglas was married to Diandra Luker from 1977 until 2000. He then married Catherine Zeta Jones three months later in 2000 and they are still married as of 2006.

    • Michael Douglas once bought his father, Kirk Douglas, a new car, in order to help them start to bond closer.

    • Michael Douglas once had a crush on Candice Bergen.

    • Michael Douglas is addicted to gambling.

    • Danny Devito credits Michael Douglas for helping him become a star.

    • Michael Douglas avoided a scary fall, in Bermuda, when he was attempting to christen a new art museum by pouring rum on the roof of it. He lost his footing while standing in a cherry-picker basket 25 feet high.

    • In 1993, rumors spread that Michael Douglas was being treated for sex addiction since he went into rehab months after the 1992 film Basic Instinct came out. However, Michael has rebutted these claims.

    • Michael Douglas is close friends with Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, the parents of Gwyneth Paltrow. He has known the her since she was a child. They both starred in the movie A Perfect Murder.

    • In 1998, Michael Douglas made Premiere magazine's annual Power List, which ranks the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood. Michael ranked number 54.

    • Michael Douglas was the executive producer on the 1997 movie The Rainmaker.

    • In 1988, Michael Douglas formed his own production studio called Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc.

    • Michael Douglas began his career as an assistant director on father, Kirk Douglas' movies in the 60's.

    • In 1987, Michael Douglas won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for the movie Wall Street. He has also been nominated for five other Golden Globes. In 1970, he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer - Male for Hail, Hero!. In 1975, he was nominated for Best TV Actor - Drama for The Streets of San Francisco. In 1990, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for The War of The Roses. In 1996, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for The American President. In 2001, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Wonder Boys. In 2004, he won the Cecil B. de Mille Golden Globe award.

    • In 1997, James Parker, who is a caddy, sued Michael Douglas for $25 million. He accused Michael of smacking him in the groin with an errant golf ball, causing Parker to lose a testicle and his job. The case was settled outside of the courts.

    • Michael Douglas has homes in New York City, Pacific Palisades, California, Aspen, Colorado, Bermuda and Majorca.

    • Michael Douglas is on the Board of Directors of the Ploughshares Fund.

    • Michael Douglas supports the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

    • In 1975, Michael Douglas won an Oscar as producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • Michael Douglas has appeared in much such as The Sentinel, The In-Laws, It Runs in the Family, Wonder Boys, One Night at McCool's, The American President, and The War of the Roses.

    • Michael Douglas played Mr Thompson in the movie You, Me and Dupree.

    • Michael Douglas appear in the 2007 movie called Racing the Monsoon. His is also the producer of the movie.

    • Michael Douglas played the role of Kevin Bishop in the 2007 movie called The Mechanic.

    • Michael Douglas made $15 million for his role as Detective Nick Curran in the 1992 movie Basic Instinct. He made $20 million for his role as Nicholas Van Orton in the 1997 movie The Game. He made $20 million for his role as Steven Taylor in the 1998 movie A Perfect Murder. And he made $10 million for his role as Judge in the 2000 movie Traffic.

    • Michael endorsed Richard Gephardt in the 2004 Democratic primaries.

    • Michael actually turned down the role of Oliver in the 1970 movie Love Story. The producers of the movie tried to offer him 10% of the gross income it would make, but he still declined it.

    • In 1980, Michael Douglas was involved in a horrible skiing accident. The accident put his acting career on hold for three years.

    • In 2003, Michael Douglas along with his wife, co-hosted the Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert which was held at the Olso Spectrum in Oslo, Norway.

    • Michael Douglas actually turned down the role of Judge Wakefield in the movie Traffic, but was convinced to change his mind once the script was rewritten.

    • Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones share the same exact birthday, except he is twenty five years older than her. They were both born on September 25th.

    • Michael Douglas has two children with his his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones. He has a son named Dylan Michael Douglas and a daughter named Carys Zeta Douglas. He also has a son from a previous marriage, named Cameron Morrell.

    • In 1998, Michael Douglas met his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, while attending the Deauville Film Festival in France.

    • In 1998, Michael Douglas became a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

    • In 1997, Michael Douglas was ranked number 74 in the list of "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" according to Empire Magazine.

    • Michael Douglas' first big break came in 1972, when he played Inspector Steve Keller on the show The Streets of San Francisco.

    • Michael Douglas is estimated to be worth over $200 million.

    • Michael Douglas is 5'10" tall.

    • Michael has settled his lawsuit against two Florida companies that he alleged improperly used his name and image. The lawsuit claimed footage Michael shot for educational purposes was used for commercial gain by Family Television Studios, and Paradigm Media Group LLC. The settlement was agreed to in June 2006.

    • Has been in three movies with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

    • His acting trademark is playing very successful business executives and political figures.

    • Michael admits that he accepted wimpy, hippy, quiet roles when he started out so he wouldn't be compared to his father, Kirk.

    • After his parents divorced when he was 5, he and his brother Joel lived with his mother in Connecticut.

    • He quit his role as Steve Keller on The Streets of San Francisco to produce the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975.

    • He gained 25 pounds for his role as Grady Tripp in the 2000 film Wonder Boys.

    • Michael Douglas married Catherine Zeta Jones on November 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York.

    • Michael told Catherine Zeta-Jones he wanted to father her children the day he met her.

    • Michael lived with actor Danny DeVito when they were both starting out as actors.

    • He is of Russian-Jewish, Scottish and Irish heritage.

    • In September 1992, he sought treatment at the Sierra Tuscon Center for alcohol abuse.

    • He is one of only two people to win Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor in their lifetime. The other is Sir Lawerence Olivier.

    • Michael attended the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, MA.

    • He graduated from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967.

    • He graduated high school from Choate Rosemary Hall.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Douglas: Well, I'm married now, I started a family. I've been very busy, and let me tell you at my age, that's a gift.

    • Michael Douglas: Times have changed and sex sells. Around 1990, I voluntarily went into rehab because I was drinking too much and some smart ass editor said, 'Oh another boring story about an actor going to rehab. Let's give him sex addiction.' Then it became 'Self-confessed sex addict!'

    • Michael Douglas: When my daughter Carys wants to get married I'll be as rough with the guy as Catherine's dad was when he checked me out. He gave me the once over and then some.

    • Michael Douglas: Revenge is a very good motivation if you can direct it. It's healthy. Very healthy.

    • Michael Douglas: From the moment I met Catherine and we formed our family, I was a new man, very different from the one I used to be. This is the result of my every day life with her, of the intense love we have for each other, of the great need for each other that we have, and of the great respect that we have for one another. There is a time when you become sarcastic, you lose the passion.. and, when you are blessed again, and you have the fortune to love somebody the way I love my wife, you understand that you have to nurture your partner and not take everything for granted. What a marvelous gift!

    • Michael Douglas: I don't know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina. I mean, how long is that going to last? I mean, don't ask me what happened with Renée Zellweger. I don't know how you get married for four months. And Julia with Lyle.

    • Michael Douglas: I'm impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.

    • Michael Douglas: When you're making pictures out of heartfelt passion, it hurts when someone calls them a calculated business move.

    • Michael Douglas: (answering an actor's question about whether to move from NYC to L.A.) Don't go to L.A. unless there's work. It's one of the most frustrating and depressing places to be an actor. The problem is that it has no center. I would try to do something here first.

    • Michael Douglas: I'm not a big filmophile. I don't watch movies a lot for a hobby. I spend all my time watching sporting events. Because, opposed to movies, you can never tell how they're going to end.

    • Michael Douglas: (When asked how wife Catherine Zeta Jones treats their kids) She spoils them and I'm the disciplinarian.

    • Michael Douglas: (when asked by In Touch Magazine about wife Catherine Zeta-Jones) I was impressed by her intelligence, sense of humor and her work ethic. Then when I discovered she loved golf, I realized all my fantasies had come true.

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    Michael Douglas is one of those absolutely amazing actors who has done and will continue to do many cool movies. The man has done it all from comedy to drama to action and in each role he exudes that confidence that he is that character that you see on screen.
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    Awesome actor. Though lately his filmography has not been the best and has been all action-based (I think) I still think that Michael Douglas is one awesome actor, he is really cool and he is kind of different with his style and everything. He is really cool! I love his actings!