Michael Douglas is being honored by the American Film Institute this year with a lifetime achievement award.
This is the same award his father Kirk won 18 years ago. He says, "I am honored and overwhelmed to be included in such a prestigious group of film-makers. I am particularly moved to be following my father 18 years later."
Douglas is best known for his work behind the camera for
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The film won five Academy Awards the following year, including Best Picture.
AFI chairman Howard Stringer says Douglas is the "rightful heir to the throne of the royal family of American film". He says, "Though he is most beloved as one of the great leading men of the movies, Michael is also a most accomplished film producer and, ultimately, an artist whose films have been elevated in the pantheon of American film."