ONE NIGHT AT MCCOOL'S
is a two-time Academy Award-winning producer and actor who has a gift for choosing projects that reflect current trends and public concerns.
Long interested in making a film of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father, Kirk Douglas, and formed a partnership with
Saul Zaentz to produce the film. The 1975 film version (directed by Milos Forman) won
Academy Awards for Best Picture (shared by Douglas and Zaentz), Best Director, Best Adapted
Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress; and went on to gross more than $180 million.
Douglas' next producing project, in which he starred with Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon, was the controversial thriller "The China Syndrome" (1979). The film, directed by James Bridges, was nominated for three Academy Awards and found success with both critics and audiences.
Douglas served as actor and producer with the 1984 hit "Romancing the Stone" (directed by
Robert Zemeckis), and was named Producer of the Year in 1984 by the National Association of
Theater Owners (NATO).
"Starman," executive-produced by Douglas and directed by John Carpenter, was the sleeper hit of the 1984 Christmas season and earned an Academy Award nomination for lead actor Jeff Bridges. Douglas would later create a television series based on the film.
In 1987, he was seen on-screen in two memorable starring roles: opposite Glenn Close in Adrian
Lyne's blockbuster hit "Fatal Attraction," and as corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver
Stone's "Wall Street." The latter performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Douglas next produced the hit thriller "Flatliners," directed by Joel Schumacher; and the hit comedy "Made in America," directed by Richard Benjamin.
In 1994, Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions with Steven Reuther. The company produced John Woo's blockbuster thriller "Face/Off' and Francis Ford Coppola's "John Grisham's The Rainmaker."
In 1998, Douglas formed Furthur Films. He also appears in the company's first production,
One Night at McCool's as Mr. Burmeister.
Douglas' most recent starring roles were in two critically acclaimed 2000 releases: "Wonder
Boys," directed by Curtis Hanson; and "Traffic," the USA Films release directed by Steven
Soderbergh. He next stars in Gary Fleder's "Don't Say a Word."
In 1998, Michael Douglas was named a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi
Annan. His two areas of concentration are nuclear abolition and small arms proliferation.
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