Michael Douglas’s biographyMichael Douglas is a famous actor and director, the representative of a famous acting dynasty. There are two Oscars and millions of viewer’s hearts among his awards. There were no falls in Michael's career, only takeoffs because each role he played was flawless. Net worth: $350 million.
Childhood and familyMichael Kirk Douglas is the elder son of famous Spartacus, Kirk Douglas, whose parents had emigrated from Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, and actress Diana Darrid (died in 2015). Michael was born in New Jersey on September 25, 1944, and two and a half years later he had a younger brother, Joel.
Despite the fact that Michael studied well, he was expelled from school. The boy skipped classes, rode a motorcycle, drank, and dared teachers, recognizing no authority, except his father. Kirk was an ideal for him because being the son of a Jewish junkman, he had managed to get out of the very bottom of the society and become a cinema icon for entire America.
Career. Stellar beginningThe envious told that Michael’s father had a hand in the brilliant start of his son’s career, but these were the only gossip. Though it can’t be denied that Michael has clearly inherited his father’s talent and hard nature and has received his mother’s delicate features and long eyelashes.
In the same year, the young actor starred in the Napoleon and Samantha family film, which became a classic of the American children's films. Ten-year-old Jodie Foster played the main role. She was injured on the set being attacked by a lion.
Douglas Sr. wanted to play the lead role in the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because he owned the screening rights of the famous novel by Ken Kesey. It took Michael a lot of time and nerves to dissuade his father and insist on Jack Nicholson. In 1975 the film won four Oscars and brought fabulous profits to the Douglas dynasty. Much later, in The Ragman's Son autobiography, Kirk would write that he would give everything to the last cent to play them instead of Nicholson.
Best rolesOne of Michael Douglas’s most memorable roles is adventurer Jack Colton in the (1985-1986) Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile pictures. Michael's partner was Kathleen Turner, and his college friend Danny de Vito played an antique dealer in the picture.
In the thriller with the elements of the 1987 psychodrama Fatal Attraction, the actor played in a duet with Glenn Close, who terrorized the family of Michael’s character. The picture received an inconceivable number of nominations and awards and entered the top ten best pictures of the year.
The role of detective Nick Curran, investigating the murder of a rock star in the 1992 thriller the Basic Instinct is also considered one of the most successful by Douglas. His character is under the spell of Sharon Stone and does not seem to notice the obvious truths. But no matter how astute the viewer is, the end is unpredictable.
In the 2007 King of California black comedy, the actor played a real psycho who returned from the hospital but never refused the obsessive idea to find the treasure. The irresponsible father’s daughter was played by Evan Rachel Wood.
In Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire the actor rallied around him a brilliant cast of Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum.
In 2014 Michael appeared in the image of a cynical, rich businessman, looking for new entertainment in Beyond the Reach thriller. The following year he joined the actors in the Marvel Universe, playing Hank Pym in the Ant-Man.
At the end of 2018, Michael Douglas’s star was opened on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his career.
Michael Douglas’s personal lifeThe actor’s first wife was a girl who had nothing to do with acting. Austrian Diandra Luker was the daughter of a high-ranking official. Michael and Diandra married in 1977. Their son Cameron was born in 1978. The couple’s relationships were smooth but once Michael was seized by the routine and in 1997 he left Diandra.
In 1998 at the Masks of Zorro show Michael Douglas saw Catherine Zeta-Jones and was so fascinated by the girl that he directly told her that he wanted to become the father of her children. It is not known what scared off Catherine more – Michael’s directness or the fact that he was not yet officially divorced, but she refused to continue the acquaintance. But Michael was the true son of his father, and there was no such bastion that would stand before him, just as Catherine could not stand. After six months of courtship, she gave up.
Michael Douglas nowadaysOne of the most memorable works of Michael Douglas was the Comedy multi-part project "The Kominsky Method", where the actor played the role of an acting teacher. In January 2019, Michael received another Golden Globe for this role.
Michael Douglas continues to appear in films, so premieres with his participation occur annually. So, in 2019, Douglas played Hank Pym in the next part of " Avengers: Endgame", and in 2020, he participated in the creation of the animated series "What If...?" in the same role.