Michael Douglas Biography (1944-)

Full name, Michael Kirk Douglas; born September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, NJ; son of Kirk Douglas (an actor, producer, and writer; original name, IssurDanielovitch Demsky) and Diana Dill (an actress); brother of Joel Douglas (adirector and producer); half-brother of Peter Douglas (a actor, director, producer, and writer) and Eric Douglas (an actor and comedian); married DiandraLuker (a model and art museum employee), March 20, 1977 (divorced); married Catherine Zeta-Jones (an actress), November 18, 2000; children: (first marriage) Cameron Morrell; (second marriage) Dylan Michael. Education: University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 1968; trained for the stage at Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, National Playwrights Conference, Waterford, CT,for three summers in the 1960s; studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and with Wynn Handman at the American Place Theatre. Avocational interests: Watching sports, playing pool. Addresses:Agent-- William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Career: Actor, producer, and director. Big Stick Productions, Further Films, and Stonebridge Entertainment, founder; Third Stone/Atlantic (record label), founder; L.A. Weekly(newspaper), part owner; Michael Douglas Foundation, founder; Committee on Concern, founder; trustee of the EugeneO'Neill Memorial Theatre Foundation and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Provided voiceovers for Infiniti car commercials. United NationsMessenger of Peace, 1998. Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising newcomer--male, 1970, for Hail, Hero!; Theatre World Award, 1971; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding continuing performance by a supporting actor in a drama series, 1973, 1974, and 1975, and GoldenGlobe Award nomination, best television actor--drama, 1975, all for The Streets of San Francisco; Academy Award (with Saul Zaentz), best picture, and Golden Globe Award (with Saul Zaentz), best motion picture--drama, both 1975, for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest; Producer of the Year Award (with others), National Association of Theatre Owners, 1976; Special Award,ShoWest Convention, star/producer of the year, 1979; Genie Award nomination,best performance by a foreign actor, 1979, for Running; Producer of the Year Award, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1984; Academy Award and National Board of Review Award, both best actor, and Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--drama, all 1987, and Silver Ribbon, Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, best actor--foreign film (migliore attore straniero), 1988, all for Wall Street; People's Choice Award, best motion picture actor, 1988; British Academy of Film andTelevision Arts Film Award nomination, best actor, 1989, for Fatal Attraction; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--comedy/musical, 1990, for The War of the Roses; Hasty Pudding Man of the Year, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard University, 1992; MTV Movie Award nominations, best male performance and best on-screen duo (withSharon Stone), both 1993, for Basic Instinct; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--comedy/musical, 1996, for The American President; People's Choice Award, special tribute, 1996; Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival, 1997; named one of the "top 100 movie stars of all time," Empire magazine, 1997; Special Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 1998, for "outstanding contribution to world cinema"; Honorary Award, Cesar Awards, 1998; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite actor--suspense, 1999, for A Perfect Murder. Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
September 25, 1944
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Jeep driver, Cast a Giant Shadow, United Artists, 1966
  • Carl Dixon, Hail, Hero!, National General, 1969
  • Constable, Where's Jack?(also known as Run, Rebel, Run), Paramount, 1969
  • Adam Gaines, Adam at 6:00 A.M., National General, 1970
  • Jerry, Summertree, Columbia, 1971
  • Danny, Napoleon and Samantha, Buena Vista, 1972
  • Dr. Mark Bellows, Coma, United Artists, 1978
  • Michael Andropolis, Running, Universal, 1979
  • Richard Adams, The China Syndrome, Columbia, 1979
  • Ben Lewin, It's My Turn(also known as A Perfect Circle), Columbia, 1980
  • Jack Colton, Romancing the Stone, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Steven Hardin, The Star Chamber, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Jack Colton, The Jewel of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Zach, A Chorus Line, Columbia/Embassy, 1985
  • Dan Gallagher, Fatal Attraction(also known as Diversion), Paramount, 1987
  • Gordon Gekko, Wall Street, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Nick Conklin, Black Rain, Paramount, 1989
  • Oliver Rose, The War of the Roses, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989
  • Detective Nick Curran, Basic Instinct, TriStar, 1992
  • Ed Leland, Shining Through, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • William Foster (also known as D-Fens), Falling Down, Warner Bros.,1993
  • Tom Sanders, Disclosure, Warner Bros., 1994
  • President Andrew Shepherd, The American President, Columbia, 1995
  • A Song for David,1996
  • Remington, The Ghost and the Darkness, Paramount, 1996
  • Nicholas Van Orton, The Game, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1997
  • Steven Taylor, A Perfect Murder(also known as Dial M for Murder), Warner Bros., 1998
  • Still Life(also known as Family Life), Universal, 1999
  • Himself, Forever Hollywood(documentary), Esplanade Productions/TheAmerican Cinematheque, 1999
  • Narrator, One Day in September(documentary), Sony Pictures Classics, 1999
  • Grady Tripp, Wonder Boys, Paramount, 2000
  • Judge Robert Lewis, Traffic, USA Films, 2000
  • Don't Say a Word, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Mr. Burmeister, One Night at McCool's, USA Films, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Assistant director, Lonely Are the Brave, Universal, 1962
  • Assistant director, Heroes of Telemark, Columbia, 1965
  • Assistant director, Cast a Giant Shadow, United Artists, 1966
  • Producer (with Saul Zaentz), One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest,United Artists, 1975
  • Executive producer, Running, Universal, 1979
  • Producer, The China Syndrome, Columbia, 1979
  • Executive producer, Starman(also known as John Carpenter'sStarman), Columbia, 1984
  • Producer, Romancing the Stone, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Producer, The Jewel of the Nile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Producer (with Rick Bieber), Flatliners, Columbia, 1990
  • Executive producer, Radio Flyer, Columbia, 1992
  • Producer, Made in America, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Executive producer (with others), Eyes of an Angel(also known as The Tender), LIVE Home Video, 1994
  • Executive producer, The Ghost and the Darkness, Paramount, 1996
  • Producer, A Song for David,1996
  • Executive producer, Face/Off(also known as Face Off), Paramount, 1997
  • Executive producer, The Rainmaker(also known as John Grisham's The Rainmaker), Paramount, 1997
  • Executive producer, The Husband I Bought, Hit and Run Productions/IAC Holdings, 2001
  • Producer, Godspeed, Lawrence Mann, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Producer, One Night at McCool's, USA Films, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Inspector Steve Keller, The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1972-76
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Starman, ABC, 1986-87
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Craig, When Michael Calls(also known as Shattered Silence),ABC, 1972
  • Specials
  • Scientist, "The Experiment," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1969
  • Male team member, Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 4, CBS, 1979
  • Night of 100 Stars II(also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1987
  • The Story of Hollywood, TBS, 1988
  • The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood's Stuntmen, ABC, 1988
  • From the Heart... The First International Very Special Arts Festival, NBC, 1989
  • Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies "89, Fox, 1989
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special(also known as The Earth Day Special), ABC, 1990
  • Host, That's What Friends Are For, CBS, 1990
  • Host, Tribute to John Lennon, syndicated, 1990
  • Narrator, If Dolphins Could Talk, PBS, 1990
  • First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1992
  • Oliver Stone: Inside Out, Showtime, 1992
  • Michael Douglas' Favorite Films,1993
  • November 22, 1993 Where Were You? A Larry King Special Live from Washington, CNN, 1993
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?, ABC, 1993
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1995
  • Jack Lemmon, PBS, 1996
  • Burt Lancaster, American Movie Classics, 1997
  • The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala,1997
  • Himself, Cannes... les 400 coups(documentary), [France], 1997
  • Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union(also knownas The 30th Anniversary of Rolling Stone), ABC, 1998
  • Host (with others), To Life! American Celebrates Israel's 50th(also known as America Celebrates Israel's 50th), CBS, 1998
  • NetAid(also known as NetAid: A Concert Special), VH1, 1999
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Himself, The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1987
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon, CBS, 1988
  • The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1988
  • The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1989
  • The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1989
  • Host, The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award:A Salute to Kirk Douglas, CBS, 1991
  • Presenter, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1991
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • Host, The 1993 World Music Awards,1993
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson(also known asAFI Salute to Jack Nicholson), CBS, 1994
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards,1994
  • Presenter, "Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar," The Jim Thorpe Pro SportsAwards,1995
  • The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards,1996
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards,2000
  • Episodic
  • Medical Center, CBS, 1971
  • "The Hitchhiker," The F.B.I., ABC, 1971
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live(also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1984
  • Himself, The Magic Hour, syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, "Karl Malden: Workingman's Actor," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Also appeared in Late Night with David Letterman, NBC; The LateShow Starring David Letterman, CBS; and The Tonight Show, NBC.
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Director, The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, episodes between 1972and 1976
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • Inspector Steve Keller, The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1972
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going," by Billy Ocean.
  • Other Television Work
  • Produced Conquistador, the Conquest of Mexico.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Night of 100 Stars II(also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Appeared in Summertree, National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Waterford, CT; appeared in Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden and Six Characters in Search of an Author, both Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City; also appeared in City Scene, Love Is a Time of Day, and Pinkville, all New York City.
  • Stage Work
  • Producer (with others), The Best of Friends, off-Broadway production, New York City, 1993
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • A Song for David,1996

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Entertainment Weekly, December 5, 1997 , p. 48.
    • New York Times, March 11, 1993 .
    • People Weekly, June 1, 1998 , p. 138; January 24, 2000; February 14, 2000.
    • Variety, August 31, 1998 .
    Electronic:
    • The Official Michael Douglas Site, October 10, 2000 http://www.michaeldouglas.com ().

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