Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is an actor and producer from the United States. Two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the AFI Life Achievement Award are among his many honors.
Douglas got his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as the eldest son of Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill. Film, theater, and television projects were among his early acting gigs. Douglas rose to notoriety thanks to his role in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards in a row.
After purchasing the rights to Ken Kesey’s novel from his father, Douglas developed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975. The picture was well-received by critics and the public, and it won the Academy Award for Best Picture, giving Douglas his first Oscar as a producer.
Douglas went on to create films such as The China Syndrome (1979) and Romancing the Stone after leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976. (1984). For Romancing the Stone, in which he also starred as the romantic lead, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In 1985, he recreated this role in The Jewel of the Nile, which he also produced.
He made cameo appearances in the 1985 musical A Chorus Line and the psychological thriller Fatal Attraction (1987). He earned the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his depiction of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987). (a role he reprised in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010).
Black Rain; The War of the Roses (1989); Basic Instinct (1992); Falling Down; The American President (1995); The Game; Traffic and Wonder Boys; Solitary Man were among his future film performances (2009). He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013 for his depiction of Liberace in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra.
Douglas voiced Guy-Am-I in the Netflix animated series Green Eggs and Ham, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Douglas also starred as an aging acting coach in the Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method (2018–2021), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has played Dr. Hank Pym in the movie Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), and he will reprise his character in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe animated television series What If…?, he also voiced an alternate version of the character.
Douglas has been recognized for his humanitarian and political involvement, as well as his marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, in addition to his acting career.
Michael Douglas is a New Jersey-based producer and performer. He has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most powerful shakers and movers. In the 1990s, he was one of the most successful producers.
Michael Douglas’ net worth is estimated to be at $300 million as of this year. He is the 18th most wealthy actor of all time.