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Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

is 73 years old

Real name: Michael Kirk Douglas
Born: Monday, September 25, 1944
  (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Height: 5' 10"

45% (65 votes)

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Michael Douglas in It Runs in the Family (2003)

MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Alex Gromberg / Producer), the son of Kirk and Diana Douglas, was born in New Jersey. He attended the elite preparatory Choate School and spent his summers with his father on movie sets. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

After receiving his B.A. in 1968, Douglas moved to New York City to continue his dramatic training, studying at the American Place Theatre (with Wynn Handman) and at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He got his first big break in the CBS Playhouse production of The Experiment, which won him the leading role in the feature Hail, Hero!, followed by his second feature, Adam at 6 A.M. (1970). Douglas next appeared in Summertree (1971), produced by Kirk Douglas’ Bryna Company, and then Napoleon and Samantha (1972).

In between films, Michael worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions. He also appeared in the made-for-television thriller When Michael Calls, and in episodes of the popular series Medical Center and The FBI. Producer Quinn Martin signed the actor for the police series The Streets of San Francisco, which premiered September of 1972 and became one of ABC’s highest-rated prime-time programs in the mid-1970s. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations for his performance and directed two episodes of the series.

During breaks in his shooting schedule, Douglas devoted time to his film production company, Big Stick Productions, Ltd. Long interested in producing a film version of Ken Kesey’s grimly humorous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father. After a number of major motion picture studios turned him down, Douglas formed a partnership with Saul Zaentz, a record industry executive. A critical and commercial success, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress, and went on to gross more than $180 million at the box office.

Now in demand as an independent producer, Douglas teamed up with Jane Fonda to produce The China Syndrome (1979), starring Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas. The film received Academy Award® nominations for Lemmon and Fonda, as well as for Best Screenplay. The National Board of Review named it one of the best films of the year.

Douglas resumed his acting career in the late 1970s, starring in Michael Crichton’s Coma (1978), It’s My Turn (1981), and The Star Chamber (1983). He also starred in Running (1979) and Richard Attenborough’s A Chorus Line (1985).

Douglas’ career as an actor/producer came together again in 1984 with the release of Romancing the Stone. With Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, and Douglas, Romancing was a resounding hit and grossed more than $100 million at the box office. Douglas was named Producer of the Year in 1984 by the National Association of Theater Owners. Douglas, Turner and DeVito reteamed in 1985 for the successful sequel The Jewel of the Nile.

Douglas followed with Starman, starring Jeff Bridges, the sleeper hit of the 1984 holiday season which earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor for Jeff Bridges. In 1986 Douglas created a TV series based on the film for ABC starring Robert Hays. Douglas returned to the screen in 1987, starring opposite Glenn Close in the phenomenally successful Fatal Attraction, followed by his performance as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, earning him the Academy Award® for Best Actor.

Douglas next starred in Ridley Scott’s thriller Black Rain and then teamed up again with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in the black comedy The War of the Roses (1989). In 1988 Douglas formed Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc. which produced Flatliners, directed by Joel Schumacher. In 1992 he starred with Sharon Stone in Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct, one of the year’s top grossing films.

Douglas gave one of his most powerful performances opposite Robert Duvall in Joel Schumacher’s controversial drama Falling Down. That year he also produced the hit comedy Made in America starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1994/95 he starred with Demi Moore in Barry Levinson’s Disclosure. In 1995 Douglas portrayed the title role in Rob Reiner’s The American President opposite Annette Bening, and in 1997 starred in The Game, directed by David Fincher and co-starring Sean Penn.

Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions and produced The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Douglas and Val Kilmer; John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; and John Woo’s action thriller Face/Off, starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage, which proved to be one of ‘97’s major hits.

In 1998, Douglas starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen in A Perfect Murder and formed a new production company, Furthur Films. Furthur’s first film was One Night at McCool’s. Douglas was also named a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations in July of 1998 by Secretary General Kofi Annan. His two areas of concentration are nuclear abolition and small arms proliferation.

Wonder Boys opened in February 2000 to much critical acclaim, directed by Curtis Hanson. Michael was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film award for his performance. Douglas then starred in Traffic (2001) directed by Steven Soderbergh. Traffic was named Best Picture by New York Film Critics, won Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards, and was recognized over on over 175 top ten lists.

Douglas recently starred in Don’t Say A Word, directed by Gary Fleder and also starring Sean Bean, Famke Janssen and Brittany Murphy. He also made a guest appearance on the popular comedy series Will & Grace, which won him an Emmy nomination. He’ll next be seen in The In-Laws with Albert Brooks.

Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones and the couple has one son, Dylan, and is expecting a second child in 2003. Douglas also has one son, Cameron, from a previous marriage.

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 Acting - 

Michael Douglas

 appeared in following movies:
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) [Post-production] Uncle Wayne
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009) [Post-production]
Racing the Monsoon (2009) [Pre-production]
King of California (2007) 80% (73 votes) Charlie
Smoke & Mirrors (2007) [Announced] Jean Robert Houdin
You, Me and Dupree (2006) 70% (107 votes) Mr. Thompson
Sentinel, The (2006) 70% (117 votes) Pete Garrison
Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The (2006) [Announced] Lyman Felt
Tell Them Who You Are (2004) 70% (1 votes) Himself
In-Laws, The (2003) dvd51% (32 votes) Steve Tobias
It Runs in the Family (2003) dvd56% (10 votes) Alex Gromberg
One Night at McCool's (2001) dvd54% (92 votes) Mr. Burmeister
Don't Say a Word (2001) dvd62% (119 votes) Dr. Nathan R. Conrad
Wonder Boys (2000) dvd80% (185 votes) Grady Tripp
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2001
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2001
One Day in September (2000) dvd80% (14 votes) Himself/Narrator (voice)
Traffic (2000) dvd84% (490 votes) Robert Hudson Wakefield$10,000,000
Perfect Murder, A (1998) dvd54% (107 votes) Steven Taylor$20,000,000
Game, The (1997) dvd74% (709 votes) Nicholas Van Orton$20,000,000
Ghost and the Darkness, The (1996) dvd54% (93 votes) Charles Remington
American President, The (1995) dvd74% (131 votes) President Andrew Shepherd
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical 1996
Disclosure (1994) dvd48% (78 votes) Tom Sanders
Falling Down (1993) dvd68% (195 votes) William Foster/D-Fens
Basic Instinct (1992) dvd73% (259 votes) Det. Nick Curran, SFPD Homicide$15,000,000
    • Nominated for Mtv Movie Award - Best On-Screen Duo 1993
    • Nominated for Mtv Movie Award - Best Male Performance 1993
Shining Through (1992) dvd48% (19 votes) Ed Leland
American Film Institute Salute to Kirk Douglas, The (1991) Host
War of the Roses, The (1989) dvd74% (85 votes) Oliver Rose
    • Nominated for Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical 1990
Black Rain (1989) dvd57% (62 votes) Nick
Fatal Attraction (1987) dvd78% (94 votes) Dan Gallagher
    • Nominated for BAFTA Award - Best Actor 1989
Wall Street (1987) dvd72% (173 votes) Gordon Gekko
    • Won Academy Award - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1988
    • Won Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1988
Chorus Line, A (1985) dvd60% (21 votes) Zach
Jewel of the Nile, The (1985) dvd51% (74 votes) Jack Colton
Romancing the Stone (1984) dvd74% (112 votes) Jack T. Colton
Star Chamber, The (1983) dvd53% (11 votes) Superior Court Judge Steven R.
It's My Turn (1980) 51% (1 votes) Ben Lewin
China Syndrome, The (1979) dvd80% (41 votes) Richard Adams
Coma (1978) dvd66% (27 votes) Dr. Mark Bellows
Napoleon and Samantha (1972) dvd52% (1 votes) Danny
Streets of San Francisco, The (1972) 80% (1 votes) Insp. Steve Keller

 Production - 

Michael Douglas

 worked as producer on following movies:
The Mechanic (2011) [Announced]80% (310 votes)
Sentinel, The (2006) 70% (117 votes)
Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The (2006) [Announced]
Godspeed, Lawrence Mann (2004)
It Runs in the Family (2003) dvd56% (10 votes)
One Night at McCool's (2001) dvd54% (92 votes)
Face/Off (1997) dvd79% (417 votes) executive producer
Rainmaker, The (1997) dvd58% (94 votes)
Ghost and the Darkness, The (1996) dvd54% (93 votes) executive producer
Made in America (1993) dvd42% (35 votes)
Radio Flyer (1992) dvd58% (26 votes) executive producer
Eyes of an Angel (1991) dvd50% (1 votes) executive producer
Flatliners (1990) dvd58% (114 votes)
Jewel of the Nile, The (1985) dvd51% (74 votes)
Romancing the Stone (1984) dvd74% (112 votes)
Starman (1984) dvd74% (62 votes) executive producer
China Syndrome, The (1979) dvd80% (41 votes)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) dvd94% (648 votes)
    • Won Academy Award - Best Picture 1976

 Appeared as Himself
Day After Peace, The (2008) Himself
Fog City Mavericks (2007) Himself
Howard Stern on Demand: Howard 100 News (2005) Himself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) 86% (1 votes) Himself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert (2003) Himself/Host
Declaration of Independence (2003) Himself
Blonde Poison: The Making of 'Basic Instinct' (2001) 50% (1 votes) Himself
Inside Traffic: The Making of 'Traffic' (2000) Himself
Money Never Sleeps (2000) Himself
Corazón de...: (Episode dated 30 January 2006) (2000) Himself
Forever Hollywood (1999) 50% (1 votes) Himself
Oliver Stone: Inside Out (1992) Himself
60th Annual Academy Awards, The (1988) 40% (1 votes) Himself - Best Actor
59th Annual Academy Awards, The (1987) Himself - Presenter: Best Short
Celebrities Uncensored: (Episode #2.3) (0000) Himself (archive footage)

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