Mike Douglas

Highest Rated: 100% McConkey (2013)
Lowest Rated: 0% Gator (1976)
Birthday: Aug 11, 1925
Birthplace: Not Available
A venerable American icon for decades, the Chicagoan talk show host Mike Douglas skirted the pro-free speech bellicosity of his contemporary Phil Donahue and the wry wit of Johnny Carson. Douglas instead cultivated a relaxed, amiable, no-gimmicks manner before studio cameras, and turned his program into a virtual window of contemporary pop culture, with the foremost actors, actresses, comedians, musicians, politicos, and sports figures as centerpieces. He drew in a loyal audience of millions that, because of the program's midday time slot, predominantly consisted of Middle American housewives. The Mike Douglas Show debuted one afternoon in 1961, and ran for an unprecedented 21 years. Douglas frequently highlighted the series with his own musical appearances, as a pop balladeer. In the end, he tallied around 6,000 episodes, of 90 minutes each. Born in 1925, Douglas launched himself into showbiz as a nightclub and radio crooner, and -- after a military stint -- he became a fixture on the series Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge. In the early-'60s, Westinghouse group program director Woody Fraser invited Douglas to headline a Cleveland-based talk series, and the rest is, as they say, history. Douglas appeared in scattered films over the decades, often in mildly satirical turns as himself (as in the 1981 Joel Schumacher comedy fantasy The Incredible Shrinking Woman). He debuted on the big screen in the 1971 James Clavell-directed (and scripted) epic The Last Valley, as Stoffel. Subsequent appearances included a turn as himself in Let It Be helmer Michael Lindsay-Hogg's Watergate satire Nasty Habits (1976); the Governor in that same year's Burt Reynolds/Jerry Reed vehicle Gator; and a brief appearance in the 1986 Roger Spottiswoode-directed football comedy The Best of Times. Douglas died on August 11, 2006, in a West Palm Beach, FL hospital, of unspecified causes, about a week after being admitted for dehydration. It was his 81st birthday.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Finding the Line Actor 2018
No Score Yet Snowman Director 2014
100% McConkey Actor 2013
No Score Yet Reasons: A Ski Documentary Actor 2008
No Score Yet King: Man of Peace in a Time of War Actor 2007
No Score Yet Ready, Fire, Aim Actor 2003
No Score Yet Reality Actor 2003
31% The Best of Times Actor 1986
No Score Yet Nasty Habits Himself 1977
0% Gator Governor 1976
No Score Yet The Last Valley Stoffel 1971
97% Cinderella Singing Prince Charming 1950


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