72 Facts About Michael Douglas


Michael Kirk Douglas was born on September 25,1944 and is an American actor and film producer.


Michael Douglas has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.


Michael Douglas's early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions.


Michael Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, for which he received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations.


In 1975, Michael Douglas produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, having acquired the rights to the Ken Kesey novel from his father.


Michael Douglas received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.


Michael Douglas has portrayed Hank Pym in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in the films Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Endgame, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.


Michael Douglas voiced an alternate version of the character in the MCU animated television series What If.


Michael Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism.


Michael Douglas sits on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, is an honorary board member of the anti-war grant-making foundation Ploughshares Fund and he was appointed as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998.


Michael Douglas has been married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000.


Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the first child of actors Kirk Michael Douglas and Diana Dill.


Michael Douglas's parents met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Michael Douglas's father was Jewish and was born Issur Danielovitch.


Michael Douglas's mother was from Devonshire Parish, Bermuda, and had English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Belgian, and Dutch ancestry.


Michael Douglas's uncle was politician Sir Nicholas Bayard Dill, and Michael Douglas's maternal grandfather, Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Melville Dill, served as Attorney General of Bermuda, as a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda, and as commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery.


Michael Douglas's great-grandfather, Thomas Newbold Dill, was a merchant, an MCP for Devonshire Parish from 1868 to 1888, a member of the legislative council and an assistant justice from 1888, mayor of the City of Hamilton from 1891 to 1897, served on numerous committees and boards, and was a member of the Devonshire Church and Devonshire Parish vestries.


Michael Douglas attended The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and The Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Connecticut.


Michael Douglas studied acting with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre in New York City.


On November 24,1969, Michael Douglas formed his first independent film production company, Bigstick Productions, Limited.


Michael Douglas later said that Malden became a "mentor" and someone he "admired and loved deeply".


In 2004, Michael Douglas presented Malden with the Monte Cristo Award of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut for the Lifetime Achievement Award.


In late 1971, Michael Douglas received from his father, Kirk Michael Douglas, the rights to the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which had been purchased by Bryna Productions in February 1962.


Michael Douglas went on to produce the film of the same name with Saul Zaentz.


Kirk Douglas hoped to portray McMurphy himself, having starred in an earlier stage version, but was deemed too old for the part by his son Michael.


Michael Douglas won the Award for Best Picture for producing the film.


In June 1979, Michael Douglas appointed Jack Brodsky Executive Vice-president of Bigstick Productions.


Michael Douglas's acting career was propelled to fame when he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone.


Michael Douglas reprised his role as Gekko in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010, directed by Stone.


Michael Douglas starred in the 1989 film The War of the Roses, which starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.


In 1992, Michael Douglas had another successful starring role when he appeared alongside Sharon Stone in the film Basic Instinct.


In 1998 Michael Douglas received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


On November 19,1997, Michael Douglas formed his fourth film production company, Further Films.


In 2000, Michael Douglas starred in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed film Traffic, opposite Benicio del Toro and future wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Michael Douglas was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


Michael Douglas starred in Don't Say a Word, filmed shortly before his marriage to Zeta-Jones.


Michael Douglas then starred in and produced the action-thriller The Sentinel in 2006.


Michael Douglas was approached for Basic Instinct 2, but he declined to participate in the project.


In December 2007, Michael Douglas began announcing the introduction to NBC Nightly News.


Michael Douglas collaborated with Steven Soderbergh again on the 2013 film Behind the Candelabra, playing Liberace, opposite Matt Damon, centered on the pianist's life.


Michael Douglas won SAG and Golden Globe Awards for the performance.


Michael Douglas played Hank Pym in the films Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name.


Michael Douglas received a Golden Globe Award for his performance.


Michael Douglas is on the board of selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.


In March 1977, Michael Douglas married Diandra Luker, the daughter of an Austrian diplomat.


In March 1999, Michael Douglas began dating Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Michael Douglas was born to a Jewish father and an Anglican mother.


Michael Douglas was not raised with a religious affiliation, but stated in January 2015, that he now identifies as a Reform Jew.


Michael Douglas donated the prize money to activities designed to raise awareness about inclusion and diversity in Jewish life, and to finding innovative solutions to pressing global and community problems.


Michael Douglas is a US citizen by birth in the United States and has British citizenship with Bermudian Status through his mother's birth in Bermuda.


Michael Douglas stated this caused her to wear baggy clothing at work, and recalled a one-on-one script meeting where Douglas allegedly undid his pants and fondled himself with her in the room.


In 1980, Michael Douglas was involved in a serious skiing accident which sidelined his acting career for three years.


In 1992, Michael Douglas founded the short-lived Atlantic Records distributed label Third Stone Records.


Michael Douglas founded the label with record producer Richard Rudolph, who became the company's president and CEO.


Parker accused Michael Douglas of hitting him in the groin with an errant golf ball, causing Parker great distress.


Knight claimed she was in love with Michael Douglas and admitted to the offenses, which took place between October 2003 and May 2004.


Michael Douglas subsequently confirmed that the cancer was at stage IV, an advanced stage.


Michael Douglas has since participated in fundraisers for Montreal's Jewish General Hospital, where he was diagnosed, and the McGill University Health Centre with which the hospital is affiliated.


Michael Douglas attributed the cancer to stress, his previous alcohol abuse, and years of heavy smoking.


In November 2010, Michael Douglas's doctors put him on a weight-gain diet due to excessive weight loss that left him weak.


Michael Douglas said he would require monthly screenings because of a high chance of recurrence within three years.


In June 2013, Michael Douglas told The Guardian that his type of cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus transmitted by cunnilingus, leading some media to report this as well.


Michael Douglas's spokesman denied these reports and portrayed Douglas's conversation with The Guardian as general and not referring specifically to his own diagnosis.


In October 2013, Michael Douglas said he suffered from tongue cancer, not throat cancer.


Michael Douglas announced it as throat cancer upon the advice of his physician, who felt it would be unwise to reveal that he had tongue cancer given its negative prognosis and potential for disfigurement, particularly because the announcement came immediately before Douglas's promotional tour for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.


Michael Douglas is an advocate of nuclear disarmament, a supporter of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, sits on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and is an honorary board member of the anti-war grant-making foundation Ploughshares Fund.


Michael Douglas is a notable Democrat and has donated money to Barack Obama, Christopher Dodd, and Al Franken.


Michael Douglas has been a major supporter of gun control since John Lennon was murdered in 1980.


In February 2012, following his return to the character of financial criminal Gordon Gekko, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a public service announcement video of Michael Douglas calling on viewers to report financial crime.


In June 2015, during a visit in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize, Michael Douglas said the boycott movement against that country is an "ugly cancer".


In 2009, Michael Douglas joined the project Soldiers of Peace, a movie against all wars and for global peace.


Michael Douglas lent his support for the campaign to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman, who after having been convicted of committing adultery, was given a sentence of death by stoning.