Michael Douglas Biography
Michael Douglas is one of Hollywood’s most renowned American actors and producers, with a four-decade career that has seen him deliver outstanding performances. Kirk Douglas, a well-known actor, was an early influence in his childhood, and after learning about the inner workings of the filmmaking process from his father, he went on to study drama at university before beginning his acting career. Michael Douglas began his career on television and rapidly moved on to cinema, but it was with this performance in the show ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ that he first found success.
Later, he earned an award for producing the legendary film ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoos’ Nest,’ which went on to win numerous prizes. Douglas’ most well-known and notable part is that of Gordon Gekko in the film ‘Wall Street,’ which has become a cult classic for audiences of all generations. Douglas has maintained a consistent in a profession that evolves at a dizzying pace, evolving his approach with the times, which is a hallmark of a skilled actor.
|Birth Name||Michael Kirk Douglas|
|Age||(as in 2020) 76 years|
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Libra|
|Birth Place||New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States|
|Date of Birth||25 September 1944|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Home Town||New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States|
|Mother’s Name||Diana Dill (Actress)|
|Father’s Name||Kirk Douglas (Actor, Producer, Director, Author)|
|Brother||Joel Douglas (Younger Brother) (Film Producer)|
|Relatives||Peter Douglas (Younger Paternal Half-Brother) (Producer)
Eric Douglas (Late Younger Paternal Half-Brother) (Actor, Standup Comedian)
Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky (Paternal Grandfather)
Bryna Sanglel (Paternal Grandmother)
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill (Maternal Grandfather)
Ruth Rapalje Neilson (Maternal Grandmother)
|Affairs/Girlfriends||1. Brenda Vaccaro (1971-1976)
2. Diandra Douglas (1977-1995)
3. Nancy Pfister (1976)
4. Jenny Strachan (1982)
5. Kathleen Turner (1983)
6. Loredana Romito (1988)
7. Sabrina Guinness (1990)
8. Sharon Stone (1992)
9. Elizabeth Vargas (1997-1998)
10. Maureen Dowd (1998)
11. Martine McCutcheon (1998)
12. Catherine Zeta-Jones (1999-Present)
Marital Status, Wife, and Children
|Wife/Spouse||1. Diandra Luker (1977-1995)
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones (2000-Present)
|Weight (Approx.)||Kilograms- 72Kg
Pounds- 161 lbs
|Chest Size||42 inches|
|Hips Size||38 inches|
|Waist Size||30 inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||White|
|Dress Size||Not Known|
|Shoe Size||9 (US)|
|Favorite Places||Texas in the USA|
|Favorite Songs||Can I Go Now|
|Controversies||Susan Braudy, a writer, said she was sexually harassed while working for Douglas’ production firm in the late 1980s in an article published in January 2018 by The Hollywood Reporter. Douglas fondled himself in front of Braudy, made inappropriate comments about her body, and then forced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement before terminating her, according to Braudy.
“How am I, in a 50-year career in this profession, dealing with an employee 33 years ago who may be upset that I let her go, even though I have never heard from her in 32 years?” Douglas told Deadline, attempting to get ahead of the story before it was published.
Michael Kirk Douglas was born in the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill on September 25, 1944. His father was the great actor Kirk Douglas, and his mother was a well-known actress. He has two half brothers and a younger brother.
Michael Douglas attended New York City’s Allen-Stevenson School before moving on to Eaglebrook School and lastly Choate Preparatory School. He was fascinated by the technique of filmmaking since he was a boy, and he used to accompany his father to film sets on a regular basis.
Michael Douglas had always wanted to be an actor, so he went to the University of California in Santa Barbara to study acting. He received his diploma in 1968. In order to enhance his acting skills, he also took tuition at The American Place Theatre in New York City.
Michael Douglas Net Worth
Michael Douglas’ net worth is expected to be around $300 million by 2020, making him one of the world’s wealthiest actors.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2020||$300 million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2019||Under Review|
|Previous Year’s Net Worth (2018)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Actor, Producer, Director, Voiceover Artist|
Michael has a huge real estate portfolio with properties all over the world. One of his most magnificent estates is S’Estaca, a 250-acre estate on the Spanish coast that he purchased in 1990 for $3.5 million (about $6 million today). He tried to sell the property for $60 million in 2014, but no one was interested. He re-listed it for $32 million in June 2019 and even narrated the sales video.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is Michael Douglas’s wife.
In 1977, Douglas married Diandra Luker. They had one kid, Cameron, but split up in 1995 and divorced later. Douglas married Catherine Zeta-Jones, his Traffic co-star, on November 18, 2000. Dylan Michael Douglas was born to the couple in August 2000, and Carys Zeta Douglas was born in April 2003.
Douglas and Zeta-Jones announced their separation in August 2013, after more than 12 years of marriage. “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to examine and work on their marriage,” a spokeswoman for the pair told the Huffington Post website. They reconciled in 2014 after a brief separation. Douglas is involved in the advancement of human rights outside of his hectic acting profession. In this capacity, he has served as a United Nations peace messenger.
Movies and TV Shows starring Michael Douglas
- Douglas began his career in Hollywood as an assistant director on some of his father’s films in the 1960s. Following performances in a number of television dramas, he rose to prominence as a co-star alongside Karl Malden in the 1970s television series The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977).
- He also directed two of the show’s episodes. Douglas worked as an executive producer on Milos Forman’s film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975, which went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
- After his father, who owned the rights to Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name, failed to make it into a film, he became involved in the project. Despite the film’s popularity, Douglas struggled to get work as an actor after receiving so much attention as a producer.
- He co-produced and starred in the film The China Syndrome alongside Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon in 1979.
- Douglas’ first main part was in Romancing the Stone (1984), in which he played Jack Colton, an Indiana Jones-style adventurer. Douglas’ collaboration with Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner was so successful that it spawned a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile (1985). The three collaborated once more in 1989’s The War of the Roses, a dark comedy about an acrimonious divorce.
- Douglas starred in two films in 1987: Fatal Attraction, in which he portrayed an adulterer stalked by an ex-lover played by Glenn Close, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, in which he played corporate raider Gordon Gekko, whose famous slogan is “Greed is good.” Douglas earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance. Years later, he co-starred with Sharon Stone in the thriller Basic Instinct, which was released in 1992.
- Douglas founded Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc. in 1988, and went on to produce Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners (1990) and Richard Donner’s Radio Flyer (1992).
- He produced Made in America in 1993, then featured in Michael Crichton’s Disclosure (1994) as a sexually harassed guy, and in Rob Reiner’s The American President (1995), co-starring Annette Bening, as the eponymous commander-in-chief.
- He inked an agreement with Paramount in 1994 to create The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), The Game (1997), and A Perfect Murder (1998). (1998). He was an executive producer on Matt Damon’s The Rainmaker (1997) and John Woo’s 1997 action flick Face/Off.
- Douglas received critical acclaim for his performance in Wonder Boys as a rumpled novelist and English professor (2000). Douglas starred alongside Brittany Murphy in the thriller Don’t Say a Word, which was released in the fall of 2001.
- He appeared in It Runs in the Family (2003) two years later, with his renowned father, mother, and son, Cameron. The film presented the narrative of a multi-generational clan attempting to get along, but it bombed at the box office.
- Douglas received the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2004 for his “great contribution to the entertainment business,” following in his father’s footsteps.
- Douglas confirmed in 2010 that he would return as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. In September of that year, the film, which also starred Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan, was released in the United States.
- Douglas then went on to star in the movie Behind the Candelabra as Wladziu Liberace, a legendary 1950s and 1960s entertainer. In the critically acclaimed 2013 television film, Damon played his love interest. Douglas was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of the legendary entertainer.
- He also co-wrote and co-starred in the film Last Vegas (2013) alongside Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. Douglas played alongside Diane Keaton in the films And So It Goes and Beyond the Reach the next year.
- He played biologist Hank Pym in the Marvel superhero action/comedy Ant-Man in 2015, and he repeated his role in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2017. (2018).
|1966||Cast a Giant Shadow|
|1970||Adam at 6 A.M.|
|1972||Napoleon and Samantha|
|1975||One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest|
|1979||The China Syndrome
|1980||It’s My Turn|
|1983||The Star Chamber|
|1984||Romancing the Stone
|1985||The Jewel of the Nile
A Chorus Line
The War of the Roses
Eyes of an Angel
Made in America
|1995||The American President|
|1996||The Ghost and the Darkness|
|1998||A Perfect Murder|
|2001||One Night at McCool’s
Don’t Say a Word
|2003||It Runs in the Family
You, Me, and Dupree
|2007||King of California|
|2009||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
|2010||Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps|
|2014||And So It Goes
Beyond the Reach
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Ant-Man and the Wasp
TV Shows & Serials List
|1972||When Michael Calls|
|1972–1976||The Streets of San Francisco|
|1980||Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes|
|1988||World’s Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood’s Stuntmen|
|1990||If Dolphins Could Talk
That’s What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert
Tribute to John Lennon
The Earth Day Special
|1992||Oliver Stone: Inside Out|
|1993||Rock the Vote|
|1998||To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th
Where It’s At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union
|2000||We All Dream of Oz|
|2001||Independence Day 2001|
|2002||Will & Grace
|2003||What’s Going On?
Freedom: A History of US
|2005||A Father A Son- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood|
|2011||Phineas and Ferb|
|2013||Behind the Candelabra|
|2014||Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film|
|2018–present||The Kominsky Method|
|2019–present||Green Eggs and Ham|
Facts about Michael Douglas
- In October 1997, he was voted #74 on Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
- For his part in Behind the Candelabra, he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie” in 2013.
- Michael has an Angelic mother and a Jewish father.
- He was diagnosed with tongue cancer and underwent treatment.
- He used to be a heavy smoker who developed cancer as a result of his habits.
- Douglas is a dog lover.
- Figaro is the name of his dog.