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Michael Douglas

Highest Rated:   97% One Day in September (1999)
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Birthplace:   New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Major star and producer, and member of one of Hollywood's most prominent families to boot, Michael Douglas was born to movie icon Kirk Douglas and British actress Diana Dill on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, NJ. From the age of eight he was raised in Connecticut by his mother and a stepfather, but spent time with his father during vacations from military school. It was while on location with his father that the young Douglas began learning about filmmaking. In 1962, he worked as an assistant director on Lonely Are the Brave, and was so taken with the cinema that he passed up the opportunity to study at Yale for that of studying drama at the University of California at Santa Barbara. At one point he and actor/director/producer Danny De Vito roomed together, and have remained friends ever since. Douglas also studied drama in New York for a while, and made his film debut as an actor playing a pacifist hippie draft evader who decides to fight in Vietnam in Hail Hero! (1969). He appeared in several more dramas, notably Summertree (1971). In 1972, he was cast as volatile rookie police inspector Steve Keller on The Streets of San Francisco. Douglas appeared in the series and occasionally directed episodes of it through 1976. In 1975, Douglas became one of the hottest producers in Tinseltown when he produced Milos Forman's tour de force adaptation of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which starred Jack Nicholson in one of his best roles. Originally, Douglas' father Kirk owned the film rights to the story. Having appeared in the Broadway version, the elder Douglas had wanted to star in a film adaptation for years, but had no luck getting it produced. The younger Douglas persuaded his father to sell him the rights and give up the notion of starring in the film. The result: a box-office smash that earned five Oscars, including Best Picture. After this triumph, Douglas resumed acting and began developing his screen persona. His was a decidedly paradoxical persona: though ruggedly handsome with an honest, emotive face reminiscent of his father's, onscreen Douglas retained an oily quality that was unusual in someone possessing such physical characteristics. He became known for characters that were sensitive yet arrogant and had something of a bad-boy quality. Through the '70s, Douglas appeared in more films, most notably The China Syndrome, which he also produced. In 1984, Douglas teamed with Kathleen Turner to appear in Romancing the Stone, an offbeat romantic adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones. Co-starring old friend Danny De Vito, it was a major box-office hit and revitalized Douglas' acting career, which had started to flag. Turner, Douglas and De Vito re-teamed the following year for an equally entertaining sequel, The Jewel of the Nile. It was in 1987 that Douglas played one of his landmark roles, that of a reprehensible yuppie who pays a terrible price for a moment's weakness with the mentally unbalanced Glenn Close in the runaway hit Fatal Attraction. The performance marked Douglas' entrance into edgier roles, and that same year he played an amoral corporate raider in Oliver Stone's Wall Street, for which he earned his first Oscar as an actor. In 1989, Douglas reunited with Kathleen Turner to appear in Danny De Vito's War of the Roses, one of the darkest ever celluloid glances at marital breakdown. By the end of the decade, Douglas had become one of Hollywood's most in-demand and highly paid stars. Douglas found success exploring the darker realms of his persona in Black Rain (1989) and the notorious Basic Instinct (1992). One of his darkest and most repugnantly intriguing roles came in 1993's Falling Down, in which he played an average Joe driven to cope with his powerlessness through acts of horrible violence. In 1995, Douglas lightened up to play a lonely, widowed president in The American President, and returned to adventure with 1996's box-o

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Unlocked
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Starman
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Reykjavik
  • Ronald Reagan
2016
29% The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
  • Yitzhak Rabin
2015
81% Ant-Man
  • Dr. Hank Pym
$138.1M 2015
36% Beyond The Reach
  • Producer
  • Madec
$32.5k 2015
19% And So It Goes
  • Oren Little
$10.5M 2014
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
  • Actor
$0.2M 2014
46% Last Vegas
  • Billy
$51.5M 2013
33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
  • Actor
2013
95% Behind the Candelabra
  • Actor
$1.7M 2013
80% Haywire
  • Coblenz
$19.0M 2012
No Score Yet Nuclear Tipping Point
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... (Milos Forman: What doesn't kill you...)
  • Actor
2011
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • Gordon Gekko
$52.5M 2010
80% Solitary Man
  • Ben Kalmen
$4.4M 2010
27% The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Uncle Wayne
$55.2M 2009
7% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • Mark Hunter
2009
63% King of California
  • Charlie
2007
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
$28.6k 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
75% Dinosaurs Alive! 3D
  • Narrator
2007
21% You, Me and Dupree
  • Mr. Thompson
$75.7M 2006
33% The Sentinel
  • Pete Garrison
  • Producer
$36.3M 2006
No Score Yet A Father...a Son...Once upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Actor
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
78% Overnight
  • Actor
2004
34% The In-Laws
  • Steve Tobias
$20.4M 2003
28% It Runs in the Family
  • Producer
  • Alex Gromberg
$7.4M 2003
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
24% Don't Say a Word
  • Nathan
$54.3M 2001
33% One Night at McCool's
  • Burmeister
  • Producer
$5.7M 2001
No Score Yet In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967
  • Narrator
2001
92% Traffic
  • Robert
$123.9M 2000
81% Wonder Boys
  • Grady Tripp
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
97% One Day in September
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet The Drivetime
  • Actor
1999
55% A Perfect Murder
  • Steven Taylor
1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker
  • Producer
1997
82% The Rainmaker
  • Producer
1997
72% The Game
  • Nicholas Van Orton
1997
92% Face/Off
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1997
50% The Ghost and the Darkness
  • Executive Producer
  • Charles Remington
1996
No Score Yet Maneaters of Tsavo
  • Actor
1996
90% The American President
  • Andrew Shepherd
1995
59% Disclosure
  • Tom Sanders
1994
29% Made in America
  • Producer
1993
73% Falling Down
  • D-Fens
1993
53% Basic Instinct
  • Nick Curran
1992
32% Radio Flyer
  • Producer
1992
36% Shining Through
  • Ed Leland
1992
No Score Yet Hard Promises
  • Producer
1992
49% Flatliners
  • Producer
1990
82% The War of the Roses
  • Oliver Rose
1989
No Score Yet Eyes of an Angel
  • Executive Producer
1989
52% Black Rain
  • Producer
  • Nick Conklin
1989
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jack Lemmon
  • Actor
1988
78% Wall Street
  • Gordon Gekko
1987
78% Fatal Attraction
  • Dan Gallagher
1987
48% The Jewel of the Nile
  • Producer
  • Jack Colton
1985
39% A Chorus Line
  • Zach
1985
81% Starman
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1984
87% Romancing the Stone
  • Producer
  • Jack T. Colton
1984
71% The Star Chamber
  • Producer
  • Superior Court Judge Steven R. Hardin
1983
No Score Yet It's My Turn
  • Ben Lewin
1980
83% The China Syndrome
  • Producer
  • Richard Adams
1979
79% Coma
  • Dr. Mark Bellows
1978
95% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Producer
1975
No Score Yet Napoleon and Samantha
  • Danny
1972
No Score Yet When Michael Calls
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Summertree
  • Jerry
1971
No Score Yet Adam at 6 A.M.
  • Adam Gaines
1970
No Score Yet Hail, Hero!
  • Carl Dixon
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Det. Gavin Hatch
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1984

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