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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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