Michael Douglas

Birthday: Sep 25, 1944
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-office bomb The Ghost and the Darkness. In 1997 he appeared in the


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88% We Have Always Lived in the Castle Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate Actor 2019
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp Hank Pym 2018
67% Animal World Actor 2018
25% Unlocked Eric Lasch 2017
No Score Yet The Reach 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
83% Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym $138.1M 2015
36% Beyond The Reach Producer Madec $32.6K 2015
18% And So It Goes Oren Little $10.5M 2014
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Actor $0.2M 2014
45% Last Vegas Billy $51.5M 2013
38% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers Actor 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra Actor $1.7M 2013
80% Haywire Coblenz $19M 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
79% Solitary Man Ben Kalmen $4.4M 2010
27% Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Uncle Wayne $55.2M 2009
7% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Mark Hunter 2009
63% King of California Charlie 2007
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
75% Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Narrator 2007
20% You, Me and Dupree Mr. Thompson $75.7M 2006
34% 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
33% The In-Laws Steve Tobias $20.4M 2003
29% It Runs in the Family Alex Gromberg Producer $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
82% 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
83% The Rainmaker Producer 1997
73% The Game Nicholas Van Orton 1997
92% Face/Off Executive Producer Producer 1997
51% The Ghost and the Darkness Charles Remington Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Maneaters of Tsavo Actor 1996
91% The American President Andrew Shepherd 1995
58% Disclosure Tom Sanders 1994
31% Made in America Producer 1993
73% Falling Down D-Fens 1993
53% Basic Instinct Nick Curran 1992
33% Radio Flyer Producer Executive Producer 1992
44% Shining Through Ed Leland 1992
No Score Yet Hard Promises Producer 1992
48% Flatliners Producer 1990
85% 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
77% Fatal Attraction Dan Gallagher 1987
50% The Jewel of the Nile Jack Colton Producer 1985
40% A Chorus Line Zach 1985
84% Starman Executive Producer Producer 1984
86% 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
84% The China Syndrome Producer Richard Adams 1979
80% Coma Dr. Mark Bellows 1978
94% 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


No Score Yet Grand Prix Driver
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79% The Kominsky Method
Executive Producer Sandy Kominsky
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No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
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No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
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No Score Yet The View
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No Score Yet The Talk
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No Score Yet Air Disasters
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
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No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
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No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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No Score Yet Will & Grace
Det. Gavin Hatch
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
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No Score Yet Mayday