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MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Gordon Gekko) is an award-winning actor and producer with a career spanning more than forty years and encompassing theater, 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,” directed by Oliver Stone.

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 Theater and at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Douglas's 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. Michael 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 Actor and Best Actress, while the film won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay as well.

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 the 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 black comedy "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.”

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

In 2000 Douglas starred in Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys,” for which Douglas 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.” Douglas produced and starred in the 2001 comedy "One Night at McCool's.” In 2002 he 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 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”; the independent film "King of California”; Peter Hyams' "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”; the comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner; and most recently, "Solitary Man,” directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, produced by Steve Soderbergh and Paul Schiff, also starring Susan Sarandon, Danny De Vito, Mary Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer and Jesse Eisenberg.

In July of 1988 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan named Douglas a Messenger of Peace, concentrating on nuclear proliferation and the control of small arms, for the U.N. In 2004 Douglas was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Last year, Douglas was honored with both the Producers Guild Award and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for his vital contributions to filmmaking as both an actor and a producer.

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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