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MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Steve Tobias) is a two-time Academy Award-winning producer and actor with a gift for choosing projects that reflect current trends and public concerns. Among his earliest successes was his role in the popular television series The Streets of San Francisco. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations for his performance on the primetime series and directed two episodes.

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 and formed a partnership with Saul Zaentz to produce the film.  The 1975 release won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and went on to gross more than $180 million at the box office. His next producing project, the controversial thriller The China Syndrome, in which he starred with Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon, was nominated for three Academy Awards. Douglas subsequently served as actor and producer for the 1984 hit Romancing the Stone and was named Producer of the Year by the National Association of Theater Owners. The following year, he re-teamed with costars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito for The Jewel of the Nile

Starman, executive produced by Douglas, was the sleeper hit of the 1984 Christmas season and earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Jeff Bridges.  Douglas would later create a TV series based on the film.

After taking a break from acting, he returned to the screen in 1987 in two of the year's biggest hits: opposite Glenn Close in the phenomenally successful Fatal Attraction, and as a ruthless corporate raider in Oliver Stone's Wall Street; the latter role earning him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He went on to star in Ridley Scott's thriller Black Rain before re-teaming with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito in the black comedy The War of the Roses

In 1988 he formed Stonebridge Entertainment, which produced Joel Schumacher's Flatliners.  Basic Instinct, in which he starred opposite Sharon Stone, was one of the top-grossing films of 1992. The following year he gave one of his most powerful performances in the controversial drama Falling Down and produced the hit comedy Made in America. His next starring roles were in Barry Levinson's Disclosure, with Demi Moore, Rob Reiner's The American President, with Annette Bening, and David Fincher's The Game, with Sean Penn.

Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions in 1994, which produced The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Douglas and Val Kilmer, John Grisham's The Rainmaker, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and John Woo's thriller Face/Off, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.

In 1998, Douglas starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in A Perfect Murder, and formed a new production company, Further Films. Further's first film, One Night at McCool's, starred Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, John Goodman, Paul Reiser and Douglas.  Also in 1998, Douglas was named a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan. His two main areas of concentration are nuclear proliferation and small arms control.

In 2000, Douglas starred in Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed film, Wonder Boys, earning both Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his performance, as well as being named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Also in 2000, Douglas co-starred with Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Amy Irving, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Steven Soderburgh's Traffic, which was named Best Picture by New York Film Critics, won Be


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