Fast Facts

  • Roomed with actor Danny DeVito in New York City before landing his first big-screen starring role in 1969 drama Hail, Hero!
  • Took ownership of the motion-picture rights for the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest after his father, Kirk, tried unsuccessfully for more than a decade to get the movie made; the film went on to win the Oscar for best picture.
  • Was injured in a skiing accident in 1980 that left him unable to work for three years.
  • Named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998, with a mandate to focus worldwide attention on nuclear disarmament and human rights.
  • Met his second wife, actor Catherine Zeta-Jones, at the 1998 Deauville Film Festival in France, where she was promoting her first major movie, The Mask of Zorro. 
  • Took over as the announcer of NBC Nightly News in 2007.
  • Underwent successful treatment for tongue cancer in 2010.

Awards

  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actor: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
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  • 1970, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
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  • 1987, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Supporting Actor in Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Diana Douglas — Mother
  • Carys Zeta Douglas — Daughter
  • Joel Douglas — Brother
  • Kirk Douglas — Father
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones — Wife
  • Dylan Michael Douglas — Son
  • William Darrid — Stepfather
  • Cameron Douglas — Son
  • Diandra Douglas — Ex-wife
  • Eric Douglas — Half Brother
  • Peter Douglas — Half Brother
  • Anne Douglas — Stepmother

College

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States (BA in Drama, 1968)

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  • Birth Name: Michael Kirk Douglas
  • Birth Place: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
  • Birthday: September 25, 1944, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director
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