Michael Kirk Douglas

Michael Kirk Douglas was born September 25, 1944. His father is famed actor Kirk Douglas and his mother is actress Diana Dill. He was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and attended the Allen-Stevenson School in New York before moving to Massachusetts to attend Eaglebrook School, from which he graduated in 1960. After graduation, he attended The Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, and then graduated from the University of California in 1968, where he obtained a B.A. in dramatic arts. Following his parents’ steps, he became actor and film producer. In the early 1970’s, Douglas landed his first role on “The Streets of San Francisco”.

Michael Douglas’s Awards

He continued his role in “The Streets of San Francisco” from 1972-1976, during which he produced his first movie, “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson. The movie also earned him his first Academy Award for best picture, a BAFTA Award for Best Film and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. His second Academy Award came in 1978 for his part as Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street”.

1980 began a slump in his career when injuries from a skiing accident forced him to put his acting career on hold for 3 years. In 1987, he starred in “Fatal Attraction” with actress Glenn Close, which became a world-wide hit. In 1992, the movie “Basic Instinct”, which starred Douglas and Sharon Stone, sparked a huge controversy over bisexuality and lesbianism. He received a Crystal Globe in 1998 for his outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

In 2003, Douglas stared, alongside his parents and son, Cameron, in “It Runs in the Family”. In April of 2003, Douglas and Zeta-Jones welcomed their second child together, Carys. In December of 2003, the pair hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway. Following the release of “It Runs in the Family”, Douglas did not star in any more movies until the release of “The Sententiel” in 2006. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews in 2006. In December 2007, NBC’s Nightly News announced that Douglas was to be the new cast’s new announcer.

Married and Personal Life

In 1977, Douglas married his first wife, Diandra Luker. In 1978, they had their first child, Cameron. In September of 1992, Douglas was admitted to Sierra Tucson Center to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse. After 23 years of a somewhat rocky marriage, Diandra filed for divorce. In 2000 he married Catherine-Zeta Jones. Before their marriage in November, they welcomed son Dylan in August. Two years later, Douglas guest stared on the popular TV show, Will and Grace, as a gay cop who was attracted to Will Truman, which earned him a nomination for the Emmy Awards.

Douglas was appointed UN Messenger of Peace by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1988, and is an advocate of nuclear disarmament, is a supporter of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Ploughshares Fund. As a notable democrat, Douglas has donated money to the democratic candidates. In 2008, Douglas notably backed Barack Obama for America’s next president. Today, Douglas and his family spend their time between homes in America, Bermuda, Spain, Wales, and Canada. Douglas is also working on three new movies, due to be released in 2009.

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