A PERFECT MURDER
An actor with more than 20 years of experience in theater, film and television, MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Steven Taylor) branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
An actor with more than 20 years of experience in theater, film
and television, MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Steven Taylor) branched
out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy
Award-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Since
then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an
uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect current trends
and public concerns.
The son of Kirk and Diana Douglas, Michael Douglas attended the
University of California at Santa Barbara. After receiving his
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968, Douglas moved to New York City
to continue his dramatic training, first with Sanford Meisner
at the Neighborhood Playhouse, then with Wynn Handman at the American
A few months after he arrived in New York, Douglas was cast in
the CBS Playhouse production of "The Experiment," which
won him the leading role in "Hail Hero!," the initial
project of CBS' theatrical film production company, Cinema Center
Films. His second feature was "Adam at Six A.M," followed
by "Summertree" and "Napoleon and Samantha."
In between film assignments, he worked in summer stock and Off-Broadway
productions. He also appeared in the made-for-television thriller
"When Michael Calls" (1972) and in episodes of the popular
series "Medical Center" and "The FBI."
Impressed by Douglas' performance in a segment of the latter series,
producer Quinn Martin signed the actor for the part of Karl Malden's
sidekick in the police series "The Streets of San Francisco,"
which became one of ABC's highest-rated primetime programs in
the mid-1970s. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations
for his performance and directed two episodes of the series.
During breaks in the shooting schedule for "The Streets of
San Francisco," Douglas devoted most of his time to his film
production company, Big Stick Productions, Ltd., which produced
several short subjects. Long interested in producing a film version
of Ken Kesey's grimly humorous novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest, Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father and
formed a partnership with Saul Zaentz, then a record-industry
executive, to produce the film. A critical and commercial success,
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won five Academy Awards,
including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor
and Best Actress, and went on to gross more than $180 million
at the box office. Douglas' next producing project, "The
China Syndrome" (1979), was a controversial thriller that
was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Douglas resumed his acting career in the late 1970s, starring
in "Coma" (1978), "Running" (1979), "It's
My Turn" (1981), "The Star Chamber" (1983) and
"A Chorus Line" (1985). His career as an actor/producer
came together again in 1984 with the release of the tongue-in-cheek
romantic fantasy "Romancing the Stone," which was a
resounding hit. Douglas was named Producer of the Year in 1984
by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), the following
year, he reteamed with his "Romancing the Stone" stars
Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito for the hugely successful sequel
"The Jewel of the Nile."
"Starman," co-produced by Douglas and Larry
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