Michael Douglas

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Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA) is an Oscar winning American actor and producer. He is the son of actor Kirk Douglas.

Douglas starred in the long-running TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976. Though a capable actor, 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). All this changed with 1984's romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone. His role in this hit movie re-introduced him as a capable and likable leading man.

Michael Douglas received an Academy Award as producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and for the leading role in Wall Street in 1988. He is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and commands a hefty sum for his roles.

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.

Douglas married Diandra Luker on 20 March 1977. They had one son, Cameron. The marriage failed in 2000 after 23 years after Diandra complained of his womanising, absenteeism and not being a proper father to Cameron. That same year, Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is exactly 25 years younger than he is. He's been married to Jones since November 18 2000. They have two children, Dylan (b. 2000) and Carys (b. 2003)

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

In September of 1992 he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse at Sierra Tucson Center.

His father is Jewish and his upper-class mother is of Scottish and English descent.

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

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Selected acting filmography

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