- Studied speech at Kent State University before dropping out.
- Worked as a stagehand on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood from 1972 to '74; later hosted and produced the Emmy-nominated special Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor (2003).
- Was a member of the Flying Zucchini Brothers comedy troupe.
- Couldn't use his birth name, Michael Douglas, when he went into acting because of the famous actor of the same name; took his stage surname from actor Diane Keaton.
- Made his big-screen debut in the 1982 comedy Night Shift.
- Wrote a column for ESPN.com on the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.
- 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Winner
- 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
- 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special: Nominee
- 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Winner
- 2015, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
- 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Winner
- 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Winner
- 2014, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- Robert Douglas — Brother
- Diane — Sister
- Pamela — Sister
- Courteney Cox — Ex-significant Other
- George Douglas — Father
- George Douglas Jr. — Brother
- Joyce — Sister
- Leona Douglas — Mother
- Paul Douglas — Brother
- Caroline McWilliams — Ex-wife
- Sean Maxwell Douglas — Son
- Attended Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
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