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.

Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
September 25, 1944
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

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