1. His career includes a diverse range of films in both independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades both competitive and honorary; these include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment” and the AFI Life Achievement Award which “honor
2. The eldest of four children of actor Kirk Douglas, he received his Bachelor of Arts in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
3. His early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions; Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, for which Douglas received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations.
4. After leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas went on to produce films including The China Syndrome ; he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the latter, which he also starred in, reintroducing Douglas to audiences as a capable leading man.
5. After reprising his Romancing the Stone role as Jack Colton in the 1985 sequel The Jewel of the Nile , Douglas received widespread acclaim for his iconic portrayal of amoral corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the Oliver Stone-directed drama Wall Street for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
6. He reprised the role in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps .
7. Apart from his career in the film industry, Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism as well as media attention for his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones and tongue cancer diagnosis.
8. Douglas attended The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and The Choate Preparatory School in Wallingford, Connecticut.
9. He received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968, where he was also the Honorary President of the UCSB Alumni Association.
10. He studied acting with Wynn Handman at The American Place Theatre in New York City.
11. His first TV breakthrough role came with a 1969 CBS-TV “Playhouse” special, “The Experiment”—and it was the only time he was billed as “M.K. Douglas.” Michael Douglas started his film career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in little known films like Hail, Hero! and Summertree.
12. His performance in the former earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer. His first significant role came in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco from 1972 to 1976, in which he starred alongside Karl Malden.
13. Michael went on to produce the film of the same name with Saul Zaentz. Kirk Douglas hoped to portray McMurphy himself, having starred in an earlier stage version, but was deemed too old for the part by his son Michael.
14. Kirk relented, and the lead role went instead to Jack Nicholson, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
15. Douglas won the Award for Best Picture for producing the film.
16. After leaving Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas played a hospital doctor in the medical thriller Coma , and in 1979 he played the role of a troubled marathon runner in Running.