Biography & trivia
* Michael Douglas was born on 25th September 1944 in New Brunswick, U.S.A.
* His birth name is Michael Kirk Douglas and he prefers to use Michael Douglas in short for his film credits.
* His father Kirk Douglas is an actor, producer & author, his mother Diana Dill is an actress. Michael Douglas is the eldest among the four children. Joel Douglas is his younger brother, Peter Douglas & Eric Douglas are his half-brothers from stepmom Anne Buydens.
* He has dual citizenship, U.S. citizenship by birth and Bermudian citizenship through his mother.
* Michael Douglas attended ‘The Allen-Stevenson School’, New York City, ‘The Choate Preparatory School’ Wallingford, ‘University of California’ Santa Barbara and ‘The American Place Theatre’ New York City.
* He has a Bachelors degree in drama from University of California.
* He started his acting career with ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’ in 1966, he later appeared in Hail, Hero!, Summer tree etc. But he gained popularity after the TV show “The Streets of San Francisco” during 1972-1976. His next venture The China Syndrome in 1979 opposite Jane Fonda & Jack Lemmon was a huge hit.
* In 1980 decade he appeared in several blockbuster hits like ‘Romancing the Stone’ in 1984 with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Fatal Attraction in 1987 opposite Glenn Close, Wall Street in 1987 alongside Charlie Sheen and Daryl Hannah for which he won Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and National Board of Review Award, The War of the Roses in 1989 alongside Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Black Rain in 1989 alongside Andy García and Ken Takakura.
* In 1990 decade Douglas worked for hits like Basic Instinct in 1992 opposite Sharon Stone for which he earned nomination for ‘MTV Movie Award – Best Performance’, Disclosure in 1994 opposite Demi Moore, Falling Down in 1993, The American President in 1995, The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996, The Game in 1997, A Perfect Murder in 1998 with Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen.
* In 2000 decade Douglas delivered few hits including Traffic in 2000 Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro, Wonder Boys in 2000 with Tobey Maguire and Frances McDormand, Don’t Say a Word in 2001 opposite Sean Bean and Brittany Murphy, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010 did above average business with mixed reviews all over the world, the film could not meet the expectations like Wall Street 1987 movie, Douglas earned nomination for ‘Golden Globe Award – Best Supporting Actor’.
* In 1971 he started dating actress Brenda Vaccaro and their relationship lasted after six years, in 1977 he married Diandra Luker, the daughter of an Austrian diplomat, the couple have a son Cameron, born in 1978, the couple got divorce in 1995. Later Douglas started to date Catherine Zeta-Jones and married her on 18th November 2000, both of them are born on 25th September but 25 years apart, the couple have two children, Dylan Michael born in 2000 & Carys Zeta born in 2003.
* In 1997 while playing golf Douglas hit New York caddie James Parker in the groin and James Parker lost a testicle, he sued Douglas for $25 million later the matter was settled out of court.
* Douglas & Zeta-Jones were harassed stalker Dawnette Knight and a police case was registered against her and she was imprisoned for three years in 2004.
* From 2010 Douglas is suffering from ‘throat cancer’ resulted from heavy smoking & he is undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
“I was fortunate to grow up and watch how my father behaved – how Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, and Frank Sinatra where at the house all the time. You see stars with their insecurities and how they conduct themselves, so I think that’s kept me level. But I am really impressed with watching Matt Damon, Clooney, Brad and all of these guys and how they deal with all this.”
“My priorities have completely changed, my marriage and my families come certainly before my career.”
“‘I’m the kind of person when they’re sick, I just curl up, I don’t like a lot of fuss and no attention. I just like to get on with it. So I got on with it.”
“Everybody’s private life has been exposed ever since tabloid journalism began. I’ve never had a problem with it. But paying people to spy, that’s really tasteless.”
Filmography / all movies list
|1||1969||Hail, Hero!||David Miller||Peter Strauss,Arthur Kennedy|
|2||1970||Adam at Six A.M||Robert Scheerer||Lee Purcell,Joe Don Baker|
|3||1971||Summer tree||Anthony Newley||Jack Warden,Rob Reiner|
|4||1972||Napoleon andSamantha||Bernard McEveety||Jodie Foster,Johnny Whitaker|
|5||1975||One Flew Overthe Cuckoo’s Nest||Miloš Forman||Louise Fletcher,William Redfield|
|6||1978||Coma||Michael Crichton||Geneviève Bujold,Elizabeth Ashley|
|7||1979||Running||Steven HilliardStern||Susan Anspach,Eugene Levy|
|8||1979||The China Syndrome||James Bridges||Jane Fonda,Jack Lemmon|
|9||1980||It’s My Turn||Claudia Weill||Jill Clayburgh,Charles Grodin|
|10||1983||The Star Chamber||Peter Hyams||Hal Holbrook,Yaphet Kotto|
|11||1984||Romancing the Stone||Robert Zemeckis||Kathleen Turner,Danny DeVito|
|12||1985||A Chorus Line||R Attenborough||Terrence Mann,Michael Blevins|
|13||1985||The Jewel of the Nile||Lewis Teague||Kathleen Turner,Danny DeVito|
|14||1987||Fatal Attraction||Adrian Lyne||Glenn Close,Anne Archer|
|15||1987||Wall Street||Oliver Stone||Charlie Sheen,Daryl Hannah|
|16||1989||The War of the Roses||Danny DeVito||Kathleen Turner,Danny DeVito|
|17||1989||Black Rain||Ridley Scott||Andy García,Ken Takakura|
|18||1992||Basic Instinct||Paul Verhoeven||Sharon Stone,George Dzundza|
|19||1992||Shining Through||David Seltzer||Melanie Griffith,Liam Neeson|
|20||1993||Falling Down||Joel Schumacher||Robert Duvall,Barbara Hershey|
|21||1994||Disclosure||Barry Levinson||Demi Moore,Donald Sutherland|
|22||1995||The American President||Rob Reiner||Annette Bening,Martin Sheen|
|23||1996||The Ghost andthe Darkness||Stephen Hopkins||Val Kilmer,John Kani|
|24||1997||The Game||David Fincher||Sean Penn,Deborah Kara Unger|
|25||1998||A Perfect Murder||Andrew Davis||Gwyneth Paltrow,Viggo Mortensen|
|26||2000||Wonder Boys||Curtis Hanson||Tobey Maguire,Robert Downey, Jr.|
|27||2000||Traffic||S Soderbergh||Don Cheadle,Benicio del Toro|
|28||2001||Don’t Say a Word||Gary Fleder||Brittany Murphy,Sean Bean|
|29||2001||One Night at McCool’s||Harald Zwart||Liv Tyler,Matt Dillon|
|30||2003||The In-Laws||Andrew Fleming||Albert Brooks,Ryan Reynolds|
|31||2003||It Runs in the Family||Fred Schepisi||Kirk Douglas,Cameron Douglas|
|32||2006||You, Me and Dupree||Anthony Russo||Matt Dillon,Owen Wilson|
|33||2006||The Sentinel||Clark Johnson||Kiefer Sutherland,Eva Longoria|
|34||2007||King of California||Mike Cahill||Evan Rachel Wood,Willis Burks II|
|35||2009||Ghosts ofGirlfriends Past||Mark Waters||M McConaughey,Jennifer Garner|
|36||2009||Beyond aReasonable Doubt||Peter Hyams||Jesse Metcalfe,Amber Tamblyn|
|37||2009||Solitary Man||Brian Koppelman||Jenna Fischer,Jesse Eisenberg|
|38||2010||Wall Street: 2||Oliver Stone||Shia LaBeouf,Josh Brolin|
|39||2012||Haywire||StevenSoderbergh||Gina Carano,Michael Fassbender|
|40||2013||Last Vegas||Jon Turteltaub||Robert De Niro,Christopher Walken|