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MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Uncle Wayne) is an award-winning actor and producer with a career spanning more than 40 years and encompassing theatre, film, and television. He was already a successful actor when he branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award®-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.” He has since been involved in a long list of influential and popular films, including his Oscar®-winning role for Best Actor in "Wall Street.”

Born in New Jersey, the son of Kirk and Diana Douglas, he earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Moving to New York, he studied at the American Place Theatre and at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

His first big break was a pivotal role in the CBS Playhouse 1969 production of Ellen M. Violett's drama "The Experiment.” That led to leading roles in "Hail, Hero!,” "Adam at 6 AM,” "Summertree” and "Napoleon and Samantha.” Between films, he returned to the stage in summer stock and off-Broadway productions.

In 1972, Douglas was cast as Karl Malden's partner in the drama series "The Streets of San Francisco,” which became one of ABC's top-rated programs. Douglas earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for his role, and also directed two episodes of the series.

Long interested in producing a film version of Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father. He partnered with Saul Zaentz to produce the film, which is one of only three movies ever to sweep the Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress. Douglas next produced the prophetic 1979 hit "The China Syndrome,” in which he also starred with Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon, who both received Academy Award® nominations. The film was also Oscar®-nominated for Best Screenplay. Douglas also starred in Michael Crichton's "Coma,” Claudia Weill's "It's My Turn,” Peter Hyams' "The Star Chamber,” and "Running.”

In 1984, Douglas produced the smash hit romantic action comedy "Romancing the Stone,” in which he also starred with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito under the direction of Robert Zemeckis. Douglas was also an executive producer on John Carpenter's "Starman,” a 1984 holiday season hit. The following year, he reunited with Turner and DeVito in "The Jewel of the Nile,” the sequel to "Romancing the Stone.” He also starred in Richard Attenborough's 1985 film version of "A Chorus Line.”

Douglas went on to star in two of the biggest hits of 1987, beginning with "Fatal Attraction,” opposite Glenn Close. He then starred in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street,” winning an Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko, who uttered the immortal line "Greed is good.” Douglas went on to star in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain” before re-teaming with Turner and DeVito in "The War of the Roses.”

In 1992, Douglas starred with Sharon Stone in Paul Verhoeven's memorable erotic thriller "Basic Instinct,” which was one of the year's top-grossing films. The next year, he delivered a powerful performance in Joel Schumacher's drama "Falling Down.” Over the next five years, Douglas also starred in Barry Levinson's "Disclosure,” opposite Demi Moore; Rob Reiner's "The American President,” opposite Annette Bening; "The Ghost and the Darkness,” which he also executive produced; David Fincher's "The Game,” with Sean Penn; and "A Perfect Murder,” with Gwyneth Paltrow.

During the 1990s, Douglas also served as a producer or executive producer on such films as Joel Schumacher's "Flatliners,” Richard Donner's "Radio Flyer,” Richard Benjamin's "Made in America,” John Woo's "Face/Off,” and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker,” based on the John Grisham novel.

In 2000, Douglas starred in Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys,” for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations. In addition, he shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh's award-winning drama "Traffic.” He also produced and starred in the 2001 comedy "One Night at McCool's.” In 2002, Douglas made a rare guest appearance on the hit series "Will & Grace,” earning an Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

The following year, Douglas shared the big screen with his father for the first time, in "It Runs in the Family,” which also co-starred his mother, Diana, and son, Cameron. Douglas's recent film acting credits also include the political thriller "The Sentinel,” the comedy "You, Me and Dupree,” and the independent film "King of California,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He most recently appeared in "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” directed by Peter Hyams, and starred opposite Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker and Jenna Fischer in "Solitary Man,” directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and produced by Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schiff.

In July 1998, Douglas was named a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan. In 2004, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Douglas will be this year's recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in June.

Douglas is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and they have a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Carys. Douglas has a son, Cameron, from a former marriage.

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