Michael Douglas. biography
Michael Kirk Douglas was born on September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Diana Dill and actor Kirk Douglas.
Michael first began honing his acting skills at the University of California, Santa Barbara and later at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the American Place Theatre.
After years of intense studying, Michael started working as his dad's assistant director on some of his films during the 1960s while making minor TV appearances before gaining attention for his performance alongside Karl Malden in the TV series The Streets of San Francisco (1972-77).
Soon after, Michael assumed the role of executive producer for the cult classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), which earned five Oscars, followed by producing and starring alongside Jane Fonda in the thriller The Chine Syndrome (1979). He then landed his first leading role opposite Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in the hit action comedy Romancing the Stone (1984) and again in its sequel The Jewel of the Nile (1985). The trio joined forces again in the black comedy The War of the Roses (1989), which resulted in both Michael and Turner obtaining Golden Globe nominations.
Around this time, Michael began establishing himself as a versatile actor with critically-acclaimed performances as an adulterer in Fatal Attraction (1987) opposite Glenn Close and the corporate tycoon Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987) for which he earned his first Academy Award for Best Actor. He later took on a similar dark role opposite Sharon Stone in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct prior to launching his production company Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc.
After producing Flatliners (1990), Radio Flyer (1992) and Made in America (1993) through his company, Michael reunited with a similar adulterous character in Michael Crichton's Disclosure (1994) and secured the role of the Chief Executive Officer in The American President (1995). He then landed a production deal with Paramount that consisted of The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), The Game (1997) and A Perfect Murder (1998) in addition to executive-producing Rainmaker (1997) and Face/Off (1997).
In 2000, Michael's critically praised performance in Wonder Boys earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor prior to the respected actor venturing into the horror genre in Don't Say a Word (2001) with Brittany Murphy. In 2003, Michael joined forces with his mother, father and his son Cameron in the box-office flop It Runs in the Family (2003) and starred alongside Albert Brooks in the comedy The In-Laws. Seven years later, Michael reprised his role a Gordon Gekko alongside Shia LeBeouf in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
Michael's most recent projects include, the biopic drama Behind the Candelabra (2013) opposite Matt Damon, the comedy Las Vegas (2013) alongside Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman, the historical drama Reykjavik (unknown release date) with Christoph Waltz, and the dramedy And So It Goes (2014) alongside Diane Keaton.
Michael Douglas Wife & Dating History Timeline
1997 - 2000
At the age of 32, Michael tied the knot with 19-year-old Diandra Douglas in March 1997 after dating for only six weeks. They welcomed their son Cameron in 1978 before splitting up in 1995. The divorce was finalized in 2000 with Diandra walking away with a cool $45 million.
September 1998 - Present
Michael first met Catherin Zeta-Jones at a private screening of The Mask of Zorro in September 1998 after requesting Antonio Banderas, who was her co-star in the flick, to introduce them. Michael may have been 25 her senior, but they quickly fell in love, leading Michael to propose to the starlet with a 10-carat diamond ring on New Year's Eve in 1999.
"As soon as I met Catherine, I told her I wanted to have babies with her," Michael revealed. "And the moment I found out she had the same birthday as me - ta dah! Then, when I discovered she loved golf, I realized all my fantasies had come true," he added.
Ensuing the birth of their son Dylan on August 8, 2000, Catherine and Michael exchanged vows on November 18 of that year in front of over 350 guests - a wedding that cost an estimated $1.5 million. The two went on to welcome their daughter Carys on April 20, 2003.