Michael Douglas Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Michael Douglas net worth is
$300 Million

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Michael Douglas Wiki Biography

Michael Kirk Douglas, commonly known as Michael Douglas, is a famous American voice actor, actor, as well as a film producer and the son of his famous father, also actor, Kirk Douglas. To the public, Michael Douglas is perhaps best known for portraying the character of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s drama film called “Wall Street”, where he starred alongside Charlie Sheen, Daryl Hannah and Martin Sheen. Considered to be among the “Top 50 Movie Villains of All Time”, Douglas’ character became a popular cultural symbol, while his quote “Greed is good” was later referenced in many speeches. Douglas reprised the role of Gekko in the sequel of the first movie called “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, which came out in 2010. Michael Douglas received an Academy Award for his portrayal of Gekko in the category of Best Actor.

Michael Douglas Net Worth $300 Million

Aside from that, Michael Douglas became known for his appearances in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys”, “Falling Down” and David Fincher’s “The Game”, where he co-starred alongside Sean Penn. As a producer, Michael Douglas has excelled with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, an award-winning drama film with Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher.

A famous actor, as well as a director, how rich is Michael Douglas? According to sources, Michael Douglas’ net worth is estimated to be $300 million. Due to his impressive wealth, Michael Douglas was able to purchase such valuable assets as his home in Bedford, the worth of which is $5.25 million, a house in Bermuda, which cost $2.5 million, and a home in Swansea, the worth of which is $1.7 million.

Michael Douglas was born in 1944, in New Jersey, United States. Douglas studied at The Allen-Stevenson School, and later enrolled in the University of California, from which he graduated with a degree in drama. Douglas began his acting career by making cameo appearances in little known films, such as “Summertree”, directed by Anthony Newley and “Hail, Hero!”. Michael Douglas achieved more public exposure in 1972, when he joined the cast of the police drama series called “The Streets of San Francisco”. In the series, Douglas portrayed the character of Inspector Steve Keller, and starred alongside Karl Malden and Richard Hatch. Douglas’ success in Hollywood came in 1984, when he played the lead role in a romantic comedy entitled “Romancing the Stone”. Douglas not only served as the main star of the film, but also helped produce it. Several years later, Michael Douglas landed a role in “Wall Street”, which earned him the most public and media exposure. After that, Douglas starred in a variety of other films, such as “One Day in September”, “Traffic”, and “Solitary Man” with Jenna Fischer and Jesse Eisenberg. More recently, in 2013, Michael Douglas appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s drama film called “Behind the Candelabra”, for which he received a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, and Satellite Award. Currently, Douglas is working on a superhero film called “Ant-Man”, where he will play Dr. Hank Pym. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2015.

A well-known actor, Michael Douglas has an estimated net worth of $300 million.

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Full Name Michael Douglas
Net Worth $300 Million
Salary 1.2 million EUR
Date Of Birth September 25, 1944
Died August 11, 2006, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 139 lbs (63.18 kg)
Profession Actor, Voice Actor, Film Producer
Education The Allen-Stevenson School, University of California
Nationality American
Spouse Catherine Zeta-Jones (m. 2000), Diandra Luker (m. 1977–2000)
Children Cameron Douglas, Carys Zeta Douglas, Dylan Michael Douglas
Parents Diana Dill, Kirk Douglas
Siblings Eric Douglas, Joel Douglas, Peter Douglas, Eric Douglas, Joel Douglas, Peter Douglas
Nicknames Michael Kirk Douglas , M.K. Douglas
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MichaelDouglasOfficial/
Twitter https://twitter.com/mdouglas_act0r
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000140
Allmusic www.allmusic.com/artist/michael-douglas-mn0000979779
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor (1988), Academy Award for Best Picture (1976), AFI Life Achievement Award (2009), Golden Globe Awards, Honorary César (2016), Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award (2004), Screen Actors Guild Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by a…
Movies “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010), “Summertree” (1971), “Hail, Hero!” (1969), “Wonder Boys” (2000), “The Game” (1997), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Traffic” (2001), “Behind the Candelabra” (2013)
TV Shows The Streets of San Francisco, NBC Nightly News
# Trademark
1 His famous stereotypical capitalist character, Gordon Gekko
2 Often plays fathers with one daughter and no sons, for example, “Fatal Attraction” (1987), “Falling Down” (1993), “The American President” (1995), “Traffic” (2000), and “King of California” (2007).
3 Gravelly smoke-burnished voice
4 Often plays very successful, wisecracking, in control business executives and political figures
Title Salary
Traffic (2000) $10,000,000
Wonder Boys (2000) $5,000,000
A Perfect Murder (1998) $20,000,000
The Game (1997) $20,000,000
The American President (1995) $15,000,000
Disclosure (1994) $12,000,000
Basic Instinct (1992) $15,000,000
Fatal Attraction (1987) $13,000,000 -$15,000,000 (includes base salary and gross participation)
# Quote
1 (on his bout with cancer) It’s been five years and I feel really good. But you have a new appreciation. I’m more motivated, more responsible. My younger kids could be my grandchildren. I want to be here awhile.
2 There’s something going on with young American actors – both men and women – because the Brits and Australians are taking many of the best American roles from them. Clearly, it breaks down on two fronts. In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we’re going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal training. Many actors are getting caught up in this image thing which is going on to affect their range. With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity. In the US we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with sensitive young men and we don’t have many Channing Tatums or Chris Pratts, while the Aussies do. It’s a phenomena. There’s a crisis in young American actors right now. Everyone’s much more image conscious than they are about actually playing the part.
3 One of the things I’m most proud about in “Fatal Attraction” is you start off with an audience not liking you.
4 A lot of directors aren’t really keen on working with an actor who’s also a producer. As if they’re talking to you, and they feel like your wheels are going in the back of your head.
5 I am not selfish enough to slow down. I hurt myself because I’m such a team player. I’m great to work with; I’m always looking out for other actor and making it work.
6 … in your career you can count on one hand the really good part. In “Wall Street” I had the best part I ever had.
7 [on Saul Zaentz] Saul is a wonderful mixture – he’s a street-smart guy from Jersey who has impeccable taste. There are a lot of people in this town who pretend to have both toughness and good taste, but with Saul it isn’t pretense. His power comes from his joy and enthusiasm for a project.
8 It’s a much smaller minority of people who think they still have to stay in the closet. It’s quite interesting to see how fast it’s all changed. Without naming names, I certainly think there are a couple of people out there who have not come out in the spirit of protecting their careers and livelihoods. It’s probably a little bit more difficult going that way. I think that’s true.
9 [on Behind the Candelabra (2013)] I think the studios, in their infinite wisdom, even with Matt [Matt Damon], myself and Soderbergh attached, thought it would only attract a gay audience. And with the cost of marketing movies and making them, they didn’t want to take that risk. I see it as the studios’ loss.
10 [on Behind the Candelabra (2013)] I just want to commend Matt because I don’t think I would have had the courage at that point in my career to take this on.
11 [on more films centering on seniors] Well, they’re back in the theaters. We’ve done this full circle when movies were designed for kids, but now they all watch them on their iPads. The old folks want to get out of the house.
12 [on watching Liberace on television] I never thought about the gayness. He just looked like he was having so much fun. And that whole idea of talking directly to the audience, you just went along with him. He made you happy.
13 [Ruling out a post-series Streets of San Francisco reunion movie] Like any great thing, like a fine wine, it’s better off left alone.
14 I was always shocked when so many people who saw Wall Street (1987) said I was the person who influenced them and inspired them to go into investment banking. I’d say: “I was the villain,” and they would say: “No, no, no.” They didn’t see me that way, so it was all very seductive I guess.
15 (on the 2008 crash) I lost 35 to 40 per cent of my net worth. I decided to just weather out the storm. I waited, didn’t do anything and the next year we kind of came back to where we were the year before but I lost two years. Now I manage my own funds. I am much more conservative these days in my investments.
16 Kirk’s career was constant, overwhelming. The guy didn’t stop. Back then they were doing five movies a year. My father did 90-plus films. He was Spartacus! I always admired his tenacity and stamina but he was intimidating to me as a child. Like a lot of actors, he was consumed with ambition and his career. He was also consumed with guilt because of the time he spent away from the family. It took him a long time to come to terms with it. But we get on very well now.
17 Catherine was a tremendous surprise in my life. After my divorce I was puttering along quite well as a single guy and couldn’t believe how honest you could be with ladies, as long as you didn’t date two of them in the same town at the same time. They knew I was seeing other people. Then I got struck down, I was just bowled over by Catherine, I was smitten with her. The age difference has been irrelevant to us.
18 (2001, on why he and Catherine Zeta-Jones sold photos of their newborn baby) It seems odd, I guess, for the United States. But Catherine is an international star and, in England, the paparazzi become like bounty hunters and go to extraordinary extremes to take a photograph they can sell. When you spend your whole life protecting your name and likeness, how do you deal with these people? I’ve been really open about it, saying, Look, you want to take a photograph of me and sell it? We’ll split the money, and I’ll give my half to charity. When we were going to have a baby, we knew a bounty hunt would happen. So when we were contacted by a magazine about their doing a layout, paying us for it, then syndicating the photos – a fairly common practice in Europe as opposed to here – we simply saw it as a way to build financial security for our new son and control what was going to be a madhouse. I’d rather do that than have some guy harassing us, though that happens anyway.
19 (2001, on his sex scene with Jeanne Tripplehorn in Basic Instinct (1992)) In a scene like that, what I try always to do is make the actress feel comfortable, let her know that I will be looking out for her. Okay, I’m going to touch your breast here. So there’s none of that where she feels, Hey, what are you doing? It’s sort of like doing fight sequences. You go through the beats. I’m going to go boom, kiss, kiss, rip. Then it’s action and you do it. It’s the most unspontaneous thing in the world. The difficulty of doing a sex scene is that sex is the one thing in movies that your entire audience knows about. Nobody in the audience has been killed and most haven’t taken a bullet or been in any brutal fights. Lovemaking, everybody’s an expert.
20 (2001, on why he thinks Black Rain (1989) didn’t do better at the box office) It was hard to know who to root for. And people here were uncomfortable with race stuff and talking about the bomb. There was a critic, who’ll remain nameless, who called it a racist film. I called him up and asked, “Have you ever been to Japan?”. He said no and I said, “Then what the hell are you talking about?”. The Japanese loved it. I loved it – I thought it rocked from top to bottom.
21 (2001, on wrapping Falling Down (1993) the same day the Rodney King riots began) You know, as we finished that film the riots were going on in L.A. I’ll never forget the last day of shooting – that’s literally when it all started. We were working in the Valley and, when we finished, I headed to the airport. It was a war zone. You could see dots of fires all over the place, all heading for the west side of town. I got my family on a plane – I didn’t even know where it was going.
22 (on dropping out of Cutthroat Island (1995)) I was fairly far down the road with that film, but I didn’t pull out right before production – it was four or five months before. I just didn’t feel comfortable doing a picture with the director married to the leading lady. After a couple of drafts, I didn’t like where it was going. There was all this momentum to go ahead, but it didn’t smell good.
23 [on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Karl Malden, who played Lt. Mike Stone]: I’ve had mentors. Karl Malden was clearly a mentor and one of the most important people in my professional career. He was a tremendous influence on me in so many areas – such as work ethic. But I think that’s probably why I do all these grey characters, I don’t see a lot of heroes around.
24 Not going public with having cancer was not much of an option, even if I had objected. When you are a celebrity, nothing remains secret for very long. If it helps bring attention, then that is a major upside to this whole thing. Millions of families are going through the same thing my family and I are now going through. If I can bring any relief or encouragement to those suffering, that’s the good news.
25 [on Karl Malden]: He was fantastic. He just had a tremendous discipline, tremendous ethics. He insisted that next’s week’s script would be there when we were shooting that week’s script. Every time between setups, between breaks, we’d go in the trailer and run lines for the next’s week’s show. That’s the kind of discipline, training I got from Karl.
26 [on the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)] There was a recession when the first movie arrived in 1987. There’s a recession now. Greed, which Gordon Gekko declared as being good, hasn’t just survived but has thrived amid easy credit, sub-prime mortgages and an America that ignored the signs of an oncoming market collapse. We brought Oliver Stone a script. Stone, the son of a stockbroker, wanted to do it.
27 [on his decision to give the lead role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) to Jack Nicholson instead of his father Kirk Douglas] My father has played up his disappointment with that pretty good. God bless him, he’s 93. I finally said, “Dad, I worked six years getting this together…” I have to remind him, I shared part of my producing back-end (credit) with him, so he ended up making more money off that movie than he had in any other picture.
28 [on the death of Karl Malden in 2009]: It was Karl who, more than anyone, got me to understand that an actor is just one part of a whole team that makes a TV series or movie work. And thanks to him, I learned about the dichotomy of standing alone in a craft where one must collaborate.
29 I do pictures for myself, because I figure if I like them, some other crazy people out there might like them, too. You know, once you’ve gained your confidence and done some bizarre, strange films with some roles that have been successful, it gives you the confidence to go out there and take more chances.
30 The process of making a movie continues to amaze me. There is a certain magic that happens. And you never know when it’s going to be. But while a writer is alone with their word processor, or a painter is alone in a studio, or a musician is working on a song, movie making is a big kind of collaborative family. Certainly it starts with the written word, but then it becomes a collaborative art and that process never ceases to amaze me. It’s almost mystical. It’s something that is really alive and fresh.
31 Unlike your average profession, acting usually comes in concentrated doses. When you’re an actor, it’s anywhere from two and a half to five months of intense work and then it’s done. That’s the hardest part of film acting. There is no audience response, so you really don’t get any immediate satisfaction. What I really love is the feeling of nailing something. You nail the scene. Most of the time you don’t shoot movies in continuity, you only do things in parts, so nailing a scene is really a rewarding sensation.
32 I do most of my preparation before the filming process starts. Your principal choices are done beforehand and then if you feel like you’ve nailed it, and you have adequate time, then you get to try something else. One of the biggest lessons I have learned as an actor is that it’s all just celluloid, it’s all disposable. They only use a little bit and you try to remind yourself of that so that you can take chances and burn film if you’ve got to. Make a fool of yourself. Do something that’s not right. And that’s the biggest risk and opportunity.
33 It’s hard in my business to find new friends because you’re always suspect of what their motives might be. And while I don’t like that about myself, I tend to get a little more cautious about making new friends. The people that you knew either when you were starting out in your career or in college didn’t take your success as part of the equation of your friendship. They are the ones you love and trust. I would like to be more open about meeting people, but it’s hard.
34 On Basic Instinct 2 (2006): Yes, they asked me to do it a while ago, I thought we had done it very effectively. Paul Verhoeven is a pretty good director. I haven’t seen the sequel. I’ve only done one sequel in my life, The Jewel of the Nile (1985), from Romancing the Stone (1984). Besides, there were age issues, you know? Sharon still looks fabulous. The script was pretty good. Good for her, she’s in her late forties and there are not a lot of parts around. The first one was probably the best picture of her career – it certainly made her career and she was great in it.
35 King of California (2007) was just, I thought, a really great, fresh, original kind of script. I loved the tone, the mix of tragedy, comedy and drama, and that it was a good part. Kind of a challenge, and I was excited to work on it.
36 [on researching his characters] With Black Rain (1989) I spent a lot of time with homicide detectives, and I spent a lot of time with different brokers on Wall Street (1987). It helps get the rhythm of the piece and the tone, and how overplayed or underplayed it might be. That’s also the magic of movies: You get to hang out and live these different lives. I think a certain amount of that helps the verisimilitude.
37 [on if he enjoys working on indie films] It’s challenging, and as I say, it makes you go back to being much more instinctual and not overly planning or overly preparing. You do your homework before and just go, but it’s really sort of where the pictures lie that you just wanna do. You try to mix it up, anyway. You always try to get a commercial picture or so-called “commercial” film in there from time to time, mixed up with an independent or a smaller or a character piece. So yeah, I’m pretty flexible. I enjoy it, I really do. It’s something I like and am passionate about.
38 [on his career and his favorite films] I always say you work as hard on your failures as your successes. I like my track record, I like my batting average. I got a real good batting average. A lot of movies. Not a lot of grand-slam home-runs, lot of singles, doubles, triples. Lot of hits, you know? Small but kind of ultimately worked out. Kind of fiduciary responsibilities and budgets. The ones that stick out are the ones nobody wanted to make, from Falling Down (1993) to Fatal Attraction (1987), things like that. Or ones that were so bizarre. The War of the Roses (1989), Wonder Boys (2000).
39 Those British film certificates explained in full: “Oh, I get it, it’s simple. PG means the hero gets the girl, 15 means that the villain gets the girl, and 18 means everybody gets the girl.”.
40 Actors are paid to be selfish and self-involved.
41 [1998] I create challenges by the roles I take. I’m sort of proud of the fact that I’m not really typecast. People are always trying to get a handle on what you do. With me, either it’s my sex trilogy: Fatal Attraction (1987), Basic Instinct (1992) and Disclosure (1994) – or my businessman trilogy: Wall Street (1987), The Game (1997) and this picture I’m doing now called A Perfect Murder (1998). I’ve been fortunate that, within those categories, I’ve been able to choose different types of roles, and I am proud that the audience has been able to accept me in whatever type of role I play. They are not the typical “movie star” roles. They’re more ambivalent characters. Sometimes they are morally depraved. They are not the outright positive type of images that you attribute to selecting a “star”-type role. And the pictures themselves are more oddball. I’ve been very fortunate in that area, too. I’ve taken chances and so far the audiences have basically condoned those choices. They have allowed me to do those different types of roles. I do pictures for myself, because I figure if I like them, some other crazy people out there might like them, too. You know, once you’ve gained your confidence and done some bizarre, strange films with some roles that have been successful, it gives you the confidence to go out there and take more chances.
42 When you are a second-generation success, you are provided for. And that certainly was a big opportunity. But you don’t have that “rags-to-riches” story, which is always a much more dramatic story to plot. Your success is not one that is as easily accepted by the people outside. Or they don’t really have an appreciation of what you have accomplished. As a producer, my successes came fairly early in my career; as an actor, they came much later. Winning the Academy Award for Wall Street (1987) really helped me to finally overcome that “second generation” thing. It’s hard for people, no matter how generous and gracious they are, to really allow you any slack. They say, “Oh, it must have been hard to be Kirk Douglas‘ son”, but they don’t really want to accept it. You grow up in this business and all that means is that you don’t get the joy of succeeding. If you succeed, it’s expected. If you look around you can see that there are hardly any second-generation people that have succeeded at all. It’s a minefield of disasters, of broken careers and self-destruction out there. The public’s perception is that you didn’t have to do anything. So if you succeed, it’s just assumed. If you don’t get success, you’re an asshole like everybody else.
43 I admire Albert Finney very much, his performances always look so effortless. And of course, my good friend Jack Nicholson, who lives life to the full, and who never ever does things by halves. He’s a real hero!
44 I was there the night John Lennon was shot, three blocks away. It left a lasting impression on me. It motivated me to do whatever I could to lobby for small-arms control.
45 My life does take a bit of work. I certainly know how much guys like Catherine [Catherine Zeta-Jones], and well deserved. She’s fantastic and beautiful inside and out, she’s a talented, talented actress, really good mom and a heck of a wife.
46 Times have changed and sex sells. Around 1990, I voluntarily went into rehab because I was drinking too much and some smart-ass editor said, “Oh, another boring story about an actor going to rehab. Let’s give him sex addiction.” Then it became, “Self-confessed sex addict!”.
47 As soon as I met Catherine [Catherine Zeta-Jones] I told her I wanted to have babies with her, and the moment I found out that she had the same birthday as me – tadaah! Then when I discovered she loved golf, I realized all my fantasies had come true. I’ve lucked out at this time in my life. I just lucked out. I’m so impressed by her intelligence, sense of humor and work ethic.
48 Having a little girl is incredible. I tell you it’s an insight. I think guys who have sisters have a big advantage, understanding the female psyche.
49 When my daughter Carys wants to get married I’ll be as rough with the guy as Catherine’s [wife Catherine Zeta-Jones] dad was when he checked me out. He gave me the once over and then some.
50 Wonder Boys (2000) was a huge disappointment personally. I loved the movie and we didn’t even get critically acknowledged as far as awards go. I thought it was a fucking disgrace. I’ll be honest – it really hurt my confidence. It was a punch in the gut. In fact, it was my father who helped me through it. His favorite movie is Lonely Are the Brave (1962). Nobody saw that when it came out, nobody’s seen it since. My father’s disappointment in that movie helped me get over mine.
51 Revenge is a very good motivation if you can direct it. It’s healthy. Very healthy.
52 [1980] The exciting thing about making movies today is that everything is up for grabs. And you had better grab.
53 From the moment I met Catherine [wife Catherine Zeta-Jones] and we formed our family, I was a new man, very different from the one I used to be. This is the result of my everyday life with her, of the intense love we have for each other, of the great need for each other that we have, and of the great respect that we have for one another. There is a time when you become sarcastic, you lose the passion, and, when you are blessed again, and you have the fortune to love somebody the way I love my wife, you understand that you have to nurture your partner and not take everything for granted. What a marvelous gift!
54 I don’t know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina [Angelina Jolie]. I mean, how long is that going to last? I mean, don’t ask me what happened with Renée Zellweger. I don’t know how you get married for four months. And Julia [Julia Roberts] with Lyle [Lyle Lovett].
55 [on wife Catherine Zeta-Jones] She is not only beautiful but also very deep and we understand each other extremely well. I love her above all. Catherine is the woman of my life. A dream.
56 I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.
57 When you’re making pictures out of heartfelt passion, it hurts when someone calls them a calculated business move.
58 [on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), answering an actor’s question about whether to move from New York City to Los Angeles] Don’t go to L.A. unless there’s work. It’s one of the most frustrating and depressing places to be an actor. The problem is that it has no center. I would try to do something here first.
59 I’m not a big filmophile. I don’t watch movies a lot for a hobby. I spend all my time watching sporting events. Because, opposed to movies, you can never tell how they’re going to end.
# Fact
1 Has taken part in fundraisers for Montreal’s General Jewish Hospital.
2 Underwent a face augmentation at the St Regis Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles on 4 April 2003.
3 The only time he was billed as M.K. Douglas was in 1969 when he appeared in an episode of “CBS Playhouse.”.
4 Douglas avoids doing historical movies because, “I’m a contemporary guy.”.
5 Was named Mobil Man of the Month when he worked at a gas station at age 20.
6 Counts Ballad of a Soldier (1959) (Ballad of a Soldier) as the first movie that made him cry.
7 Was roommates with Danny DeVito in a $150-a-month New York City apartment in the 1960s.
8 Surrogate son of Karl Malden.
9 In 2013 he said he actually had tongue cancer, not throat cancer.
10 Credits Karl Malden as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
11 Had known Karl Malden through his father’s family, since he was a little boy, and until his mentor’s death in 2009.
12 Awarded Israel’s Genesis Prize by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2015 for his role as an actor, producer, and peace activist who has been actively promoting not just the culture but the real values of the Jewish community. Douglas said he will donate the 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.
13 In March 2016 he denied newspaper reports that his cancer had returned.
14 Dislikes making historical films–has made 1 WW II movie; prefers to make films with contemporary themes.
15 Lived with actress Brenda Vaccaro for several years in the 1970s after meeting on the set of Summertree (1971).
16 Once said in an interview that he preferred to make films for adult audiences because he felt couples, particularly parents with kids, deserved to have a night out.
17 Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Karl Malden on The Streets of San Francisco (1972).
18 His acting mentor was the late Karl Malden.
19 As of 2014, has appeared in two films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Fatal Attraction (1987) and Traffic (2000). And produced Best Picture winner One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
20 Became a father for the 1st time at age 34 when his 1st [now ex] wife Diandra Douglas gave birth to their son Cameron Morrell Douglas, aka Cameron Douglas, on December 13, 1978.
21 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 55 when his 2nd wife Catherine Zeta-Jones gave birth to their son Dylan Michael Douglas on August 8, 2000.
22 Became a father for the 3rd time at age 58 when his 2nd wife Catherine Zeta-Jones gave birth to their daughter Carys Zeta Douglas on April 20, 2003.
23 His acting mentor and best friend, Karl Malden, died on July 1, 2009, at age 97.
24 In the late 1960s, Michael shared a New York apartment with fellow actor Danny DeVito at 338 West 89th Street in Manhattan where the rent was $75 each per month.
25 (December 14, 2011) Will receive the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 12th annual “Monte Cristo” award in April 2012.
26 He was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Arts and Entertainment.
27 Is fourteen years older than his first wife Diandra. He was 33 and she was 19 when they married.
28 Brazilian soccer star Maicon was supposed to be named after Michael Douglas. His father was a huge fan of Kirk Douglas and wanted to name his own son after Kirk’s son. However, he could not read or write and a clerk spelled Michael as Maicon. His full name is Maicon Douglas Sisenando.
29 He was nominated for the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Arts and Entertainment.
30 (August 31, 2010) Announced on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that he had Stage IV throat cancer and that he has started radiation and chemotherapy.
31 (August 16, 2010) Has a tumor in his throat and will undergo weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, but expected to make a full recovery.
32 Friends with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.
33 Studied acting with Michael Howard in New York City.
34 The Sunday Times estimated his and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ net worth at $278 million (2009).
35 (July 20, 2009) Wrote the obituary tribute for friend and The Streets of San Francisco (1972) co-star Karl Malden in Time magazine’s “Milestones” section.
36 (April 29, 2009) Recovering from knee replacement surgery.
37 Has residences in both New York City and Bermuda. [September 2007]
38 Reason for being born in New Brunswick, New Jersey: His parents (who had a small apartment in Greenwich Village, New York) were visiting his mother’s sister (who was married to one of the founders of Johnson & Johnson which is headquartered in New Bruswick) when he arrived prematurely.
39 Has been active in handgun control since John Lennon‘s murder on December 8, 1980.
40 His performance as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) is ranked #25 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
41 He endorsed Representative Richard Gephardt (D-MO) in the 2004 Democratic primaries.
42 Turned down the role of Oliver Barrett in Love Story (1970) despite being offered 10% of the gross.
43 He and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon have all won Oscars for leading roles. Douglas won for Wall Street (1987), Fonda for Klute (1971), and Lemmon for Save the Tiger (1973).
44 Was named to Quigley Publications’ Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars six times between 1985 and 1995, hitting a high of #2 in 1987. Surprising, despite a career that has spanned seven decades, his father, Kirk Douglas, never made the list, the annual poll of movie exhibitors that ranks the top stars in terms of box-office drawing power.
45 In September 1992, he underwent treatment for alcohol and substance abuse at Sierra Tucson Center.
46 In 1980, he was involved in a serious skiing accident, which sidelined his acting career for three years.
47 Five days after completing Black Rain (1989), he started filming The War of the Roses (1989).
48 Has worked with three actors who share roles with his father. Kirk Douglas played Doc Holliday in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Val Kilmer played the role in Tombstone (1993) and then appeared with Michael in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). Dennis Quaid also played Holliday in Wyatt Earp (1994) and appeared with Michael in Traffic (2000). Kirk played Ulysses (Odysseus) in Ulysses (1954), based on The Odyssey. Michael appeared in Don’t Say a Word (2001) with Sean Bean, who played Odysseus in Troy (2004).
49 On December 11, 2003, he was host, together with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, at the 2003 Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo Spectrum in Oslo, Norway.
50 In 1975, he quit the television series The Streets of San Francisco (1972) to produce the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
51 Initially turned down the role of Judge Wakefield in Traffic (2000). He later accepted only after the script underwent extensive rewrites.
52 As of 2002, he and Sir Laurence Olivier are the only two people in history to win Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Actor (although Olivier won them simultaneously for the same film).
53 His paternal grandparents, Herschel Danielovitch and Bryna Sanglel, were Jewish immigrants from Belarus, who moved to America c. 1912. His mother, who was born in Devonshire, Bermuda, was of Belgian, Dutch, English, French, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
54 Michael is exactly 25 years older than his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. The two of them share a birthday, September 25th.
55 Attended and graduated from Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
56 Attended and graduated from the Choate Rosemary Hall.
57 Older brother of Joel Douglas. Older half-brother of Peter Douglas and Eric Douglas.
58 Received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1968) as did singer Jack Johnson and actor Ossie Beck.
59 Roomed with Danny DeVito when first starting out.
60 Ranked #74 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
61 Named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. His mission: to focus worldwide attention on nuclear disarmament and human rights (1998).
62 Son of Kirk Douglas and Diana Douglas. Stepson of Anne Douglas.

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