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American actor and producer known for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his role in Wall Street


Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He was awarded with an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, first as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. Douglas received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009.

Michael Douglas Info

Birth nameMichael Kirk Douglas
Date of BirthSeptember 25, 1944
Place of BirthNew Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationsActor, producer
Spouse (s)Diandra Luker (m.1977–2000), Catherine Zeta-Jones (m.2000–present)
Years active1966–present
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 I'll never forget that moment when he looked up at me and looked back down. I knew, and he said 'Well, I guess we're going to have to take a biopsy, see there's a polyp here,' it was on my tongue. Two days later, he called me back and said 'you've got cancer,' 
— Michael Douglas could never forget being told about his cancer / October 28, 2011
 The children have been fantastically supportive. I’ve taken them to watch my radiation treatments so they understand what’s going on, and I’ve taken them to see their brother in federal prison. It’s brought us a little closer in some ways. 
— Michael Douglas saying his cancer treatment has brought him closer to his children / September 24, 2010
 I’m finding that solitude and quiet is what I really need. I’m really enjoying listening to music and reading books, but the radiation and the increased soreness of my mouth and the chemo continue to knock me out. On the one hand, my tumor is shrinking and getting a lot smaller, but on the other, the processes used to eliminate it is taking a big toll. 
— Michael Douglas saying his cancer treatment is taking a big toll on him / September 24, 2010
 The movie business sucks. I’ll be the first one to tell you that our business is really in the toilet, 
— Michael Douglas doesn't like the movie business / September 20, 2010
 Whatever your age, it’s not like you’re handed so many great choices as an actor. So you go, ‘God forbid I didn’t have a wife who loved me!’ Thank God, I do!’ 
— Michael Douglas says movie business sucks / September 20, 2010

 I can’t say I enjoy acting. I had terrible stage fright when I first began. I used to need a wastebasket off stage in the theater because I’d throw up before I was to go on. In the early years of acting, it was solely about just overcoming my fear, trying to wrestle this demon, the absurdity of being so damn scared — which probably shows you a man who lacked of a sense of identity. 
— Michael Douglas / September 20, 2010
 One day, like 1985, I’d made Fatal Attraction and I realized that acting is lying, rather than trying to find the truth. That’s the freedom it gives. Then I understood the actors that I admired, Marlon Brando or Jack Nicholson, whoever. When I realized that, I broke out with a maniacal kind of laugh that didn’t stop. 
— Michael Douglas / September 20, 2010
 Yeah, I like my batting average. Maybe I could have relaxed a little more and had more fun. But I felt I’d a lot to prove to my father so I had to succeed. 
— Michael Douglas wishes he had more fun / August 23, 2010