Michael Douglas is an American-born Hollywood star who has won the Academy award both as an actor and producer. He shot into Hollywood stardom in the 1970s when he played a lead role in the ABC police crime drama series The Streets of San Francisco which earned him 3 successive Emmy Award nominations. As a producer, he gained prominence for his work in the highly-acclaimed Academy Award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). He further consolidated his A-list status doubling as actor and producer in films like The China Syndrome (1979), Romancing the Stone (1984) and The Jewel of the Nile (1985).
In 1987, Michael Douglas hit box-office gold as the lead actor of the highly-acclaimed box-office monster Fatal Attraction and also won the Academy Award for best actor for his role in the drama film Wall Street. Douglas has since reprised his Wall Street role in the film’s 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The ageless actor recently received wide recognition for his lead role in the 2013 biopic Behind the Candelabra including a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG award.
Michael Douglas’ Bio, Age
Born Michael Kirk Douglas in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Hollywood superstar is the son of veteran Hollywood actor, producer and director Kirk Douglas and his first wife Diana Dill wife who was also an actor. He was born on September 25, 1944, and he has a younger brother Joel Douglas as well as 2 half-brothers Peter Douglas and Eric Douglas, all of whom are filmmakers/actors.
Michael Douglas had his college education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. While in college, Douglas began his acting career on stage coupled with a number of minor film roles. He landed his breakthrough role on television on an episode of the CBS Playhouse series The Experiment. This was followed by starring roles in films like Hail, Hero! (1969), Adam at 6 A.M. (1970) and Summertree (1971). His work in Hail, Hero! earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe New Star of the Year Award.
Michael Douglas landed his first major TV role in the crime drama The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1976). His time on the series was cut short following the massive success of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which he co-produced and for which he won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Picture. Douglas also served as producer and actor in the widely-acclaimed thriller film The China Syndrome (1979). The multitalented actor solidified his A-list status with a lead role in the box-office hit Romancing the Stone (1984) as well as its sequel The Jewel of the Nile, which he also produced.
1987 was a golden year for Michael Douglas as he starred in 2 of the biggest movies of the year Fatal Attraction and Wall Street. His Wall Street role earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor and Fatal Attraction turned out to be the highest-grossing movie of the year. Douglas proved to be a serial box-office star with lead roles in hit films like The War of the Roses (1989) Basic Instinct (1992), Disclosure (1994), Traffic (2000) among several others. In 2006, the multitalented actor doubled as lead star and co-producer in the crime thriller The Sentinel.
Michael Douglas earned several accolades for his role in the biopic Behind the Candelabra (2013) including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, a SAG award and a Golden Globe Award. He starred in the superhero film Ant-Man (2015) and also reprised his role in its sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
Michael Douglas has remained consistent in his Hollywood career which spans over five decades. His long-running career is dotted with numerous box office hits including both as an actor and a producer. The Hollywood star currently has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
In addition to his stellar Hollywood career, Michael Douglas has also received much media attention owing to his blissful marriage with Welsh actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones. With a 25-year age difference between them, Douglas and Zeta-Jones both share the same birthday of September 25. The duo is said to have met way back in August 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. However, they are reported to have started dating officially in March 1999. They eventually tied the knot on November 18, 2000.
After 13 years of marriage, Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine had a brief separation in 2013. They eventually got back together before the end of the year and they have continued to wax strong ever since. They have 2 children together, a son named Dylan Michael (born August 8, 2000) and a daughter named Carys Zeta (born April 20, 2003).
Prior to his present union, Douglas was married to an Austrian-born woman named Diandra Luker. They got together way back in March 1977 and they had one child together, a son named Cameron Morrell Douglas (born December 13, 1978). Cameron Douglas has since towed his famous father’s path into showbiz as he has starred in a number of movies. He featured in the 2003 comedy-drama film It Runs in the Family alongside his father Michael, grandfather Kirk and grandmother Diana. Cameron Douglas has also made headlines for his numerous run-ins with the law. In August 2016, after serving 7 years for drug offenses, Cameron Douglas was transferred to a New York-based halfway house.
Is Michael Douglas Dead? Cancer
Academy-award winning Hollywood actor and director Michael Douglas is still very much alive and well. However, the septuagenarian has had some serious health challenges in times past. Back in 2010, Douglas was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of cancer, stage IV cancer. The discovery was made at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada having been omitted by several specialists in the United States.
The actor’s condition was initially reported to be throat cancer, however, it was later confirmed to have been tongue cancer. According to the actor, the disease was attributed to his long years of heavy smoking, alcohol abuse, and stress. After months of successful chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Michael Douglas revealed that he was cancer-free in January 2011. Other than his battle with cancer, the Hollywood vet is still much healthy and kicking.