Michael Douglas
Michael Kirk Douglas
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Birth date
September 25, 1944 (1944-09-25) (age 75)
Actor, producer
Active Years
1966 – present

Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA) is an Oscar-winning American actor and producer who arose to fame as Karl Malden's partner, Insp. Steve Keller in The Streets of San Francisco.


Douglas is the son of the celebrated actor Kirk Douglas and Bermudian actress Diana Dill. He married Diandra Luker on March 20, 1977. They had one son, Cameron, born on December 13, 1978. In 1980, Douglas was involved in a serious skiing accident which sidelined his acting career for three years. In September 1992, he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse at Sierra Tucson Center.

Michael Douglas after his visit aboard a P-3C Orion, at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, June 19, 2004.

In 2000, after 23 years of marriage, Diandra divorced Douglas, complaining of his womanizing, absenteeism, and not being a proper father to Cameron. Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones on November 18, 2000. She is exactly 25 years younger than Douglas (they were both born on September 25). They have two children, Dylan Michael (born August 8, 2000) and Carys Zeta (born April 20, 2003). Despite his previous marital problems Douglas has been an outspoken critic of other celebrities for their divorces, including Julia Roberts, Renée Zellweger, and Brad Pitt, rebuking him for divorcing actress Jennifer Aniston in order to "go hold orphans with Angelina Jolie".[citation needed] Douglas later apologized for his remarks regarding Pitt and Jolie, claiming he had been misquoted.

Douglas is an advocate of nuclear disarmament, is a supporter of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors of the Ploughshares Fund. In 1998 he was appointed UN Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

He and Zeta-Jones hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway on December 11, 2003. They acted as co-masters of ceremony in the concert celebrating the award given to Shirin Ebadi.

In 2006, he was awarded an honorary degree (a D.Litt) by the University of St Andrews.


Douglas starred in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. Michael Douglas also received an Academy Award as producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975. Although Douglas was a capable actor on Streets, his career was somewhat stagnant after the series, and he only appeared in occasional movies which were usually less than popular (for example, 1979's Running).

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

His fortunes changed when he starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone. His role in this hit movie re-introduced Douglas as a capable and likable leading man and finally made him a super-star at the age of 40. The film was followed a year later in 1985 by a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. In 1987, Douglas starred in Fatal Attraction with Glenn Close and the film became a world-wide hit. Both Douglas and Close attended the same prep school, Choate Rosemary Hall. In 1988, Douglas received another Academy Award, this time for acting in the leading role of Wall Street.

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

Douglas continued to be one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood and commands a hefty sum for his roles. After the commercial failure of It Runs in the Family (2003), Douglas did not star in a movie for three years, until The Sentinel in 2006.

Selected filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Mechanic Kevin Bishop (announced)
Smoke & Mirrors Jean Robert-Houdin (announced)
The King of California Unknown (pre-production)
2006 Racing the Monsoon Unknown (announced)(co-producer)
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan Lyman Felt (announced)
You, Me and Dupree Mr. Thompson
The Sentinel Pete Garrison (producer)
2004 The Beautiful Country Man on TV Footage from Wall Street.
Tell Them Who You Are Himself (documentary)
2003 The In-Laws Steve Tobias
It Runs in the Family Alex Gromberg
Direct Order Narrator (documentary)
2001 Don't Say a Word Dr. Nathan R. Conrad
In Search of Peace Narrator (documentary)
One Night at McCool's Mr. Burmeister (producer)
2000 Traffic Robert Wakefield
Wonder Boys Professor Grady Tripp
1999 One Day in September Narrator (documentary)
Get Bruce Himself (documentary)
1998 A Perfect Murder Steven Taylor
1997 The Game Nicholas van Orton
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Charles Remington (executive producer)
1995 The American President President Andrew Shepherd
1994 Disclosure Tom Sanders
1993 Falling Down William "D-Fens" Foster
1992 Basic Instinct Nick Curran
Shining Through Ed Leland
Oliver Stone: Inside Out Himself (documentary)
1989 The War of the Roses Oliver Rose
Black Rain Det. Sgt. Nick Conklin
1987 Wall Street Gordon Gekko
Fatal Attraction Dan Gallagher
1985 A Chorus Line Zach
The Jewel of the Nile Jack Colton (producer)
1984 Romancing the Stone Jack Colton (producer)
1983 The Star Chamber Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
1980 It's My Turn Ben Lewin
1979 Running Michael Andropolis
The China Syndrome Richard Adams (producer)
1978 Coma Dr. Mark Bellows
1972 Napoleon and Samantha Danny
1971 Summertree Jerry
1970 Adam at Six A.M. Adam Gaines
1969 Hail, Hero! Carl Dixon
1966 Cast a Giant Shadow Jeep driver minor role

Film quotesEdit

  • "It’s not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another." - as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.
  • "You're so sad. You know that, Alex? Lonely and very sad." - as Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction.

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