AND SO IT GOES
MICHAEL DOUGLAS ("OREN LITTLE") is an Academy Award winning actor and producer,
is not only the son of a Hollywood icon, but after 40 years as an actor-producer
in film, television and theater has left his indelible mark on the industry.
Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1987 for his role as the
ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's WALL STREET. His 1975
debut film as a producer, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST based on Ken Kesey's
classic novel and starring Jack Nicholson, brought him an Academy Award for
Best Picture. The film won the top five Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director,
Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay) and was nominated for the top
honor in other critical categories.
He recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Movie for his
portrayal of Liberace in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," co-starring Matt Damon.
The film won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Movie and Outstanding Directing for
Steven Soderbergh as well. Douglas has also received an Emmy nomination for a
guest role on the hit NBC comedy "Will & Grace."
Douglas has received two Golden Globes for WALL STREET and the prestigious
Cecile B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of
entertainment (as well as six Globe nominations); and, a Screen Actors Guild
Award for his role in the ensemble cast of Soderbergh's TRAFFIC. That film won
four Oscars including best picture.
In 2010, he was given the New York Film Society's Charlie Chaplin Award. The
prior year he garnered the Producers Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement
Award in Motion Pictures and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1984, the
National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) named Douglas Producer of the
Year. Five years prior, he was named Producer of the Year at the ShoWest
In 1998, he was given a distinguished honor outside of the entertainment field -
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan made Douglas a UN
Messenger of Peace. Douglas' main concentrations: Nuclear non-proliferation and
the control of small arms.
Douglas' activism mirrors his pursuits in entertainment subject matter, tackling
controversial issues that become politically influential works of art, such as
THE CHINA SYNDROME. Douglas starred in and produced the 1979 film, which
centered on a journalist who discovers the cover up of an accident at a nuclear
power plant. The screenplay and Douglas' co-stars Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda
were nominated for an Academy Award.
His combined talents as an actor-producer came together for the first time in
1984 in the hit action adventure romantic comedy ROMANCING THE STONE,
co-starring Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The trio would reteam in the 1985
sequel THE JEWEL OF THE NILE. They would collaborate a third time on the black
comedy WAR OF THE ROSES.
The New Jersey native and son of acting legend Kirk Douglas and Diana Douglas,
who is also a respected actress, grew up in California. He attended the
University of California, Santa Barbara and the preparatory Choate School while
spending summers on movie sets with his father. He moved to New York where he
began his acting career in television after graduating from college and studying
at the American Place Theater and Neighborhood Playhouse, appearing in several
His first role was in the CBS Playhouse series "The Experiment" followed by
"Hail, Hero!" - the debut film of Cinema Center Films, CBS' new production
company at the time. He would then appear in ADAM AT 6 A.M. and SUMMERTREE,
based on Ron Cowen's play and produced by Kirk Douglas' Bryna Company. Douglas'
break in bigger roles followed with the ABC thriller "When Michael Calls,"
"Medical Center" and "The FBI." So impressed by his performance on The FBI, the
show's Producer Quinn Martin signed Douglas on as Karl Malden's sidekick in
ABC's "The Streets of San Francisco," which would become one of the 70s most
successful crime series and earned Douglas three successive Emmy Award
nominations. He also directed two of the show's episodes. That show was Douglas'
breakout performance as a household name and rising star. During breaks in the
show, he devoted his time to producing.
Douglas produced several shorts before he acquired the rights to Kesey's novel
from his father. He would eventually leave the show and partner with Saul Zaentz
and produce Milos Forman's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, which grossed $180
million box office, considered a huge success for its time.
Although Douglas continued his producing pursuits, he would star in 50 different
film and television roles over the course of his career. His acting credits
include: NAPOLEON AND SAMANTHA, COMA, based on Michael Crichton's bestselling
medical thriller, IT'S MY TURN RUNNING, the screen adaptation of Richard
Attenborough's hit Broadway musical A CHORUS LINE, THE STAR CHAMBER; Adrian
Lyne's thriller FATAL ATTRACTION opposite Glenn Close; Ridley Scott's BLACK
RAIN, Paul Verhoeven's, BASIC INSTINCT opposite Sharon Stone, Joel Schumacher's
controversial FALLING DOWN, Barry Levinson's DISCLOSURE based on Crichton's
bestseller, Rob Reiner's THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, David Fincher's THE GAME, A
PERFECT MURDER, Curtis Hansen's WONDER BOYS, DON'T SAY A WORD, THE-IN LAWS, YOU,
ME & DUPREE with Owen Wilson; Michael Cahill's KING OF CALIFORNIA, BEYOND A
REASONABLE DOUBT, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIEND'S PAST, SOLITARY MAN and Soderbergh's
HAYWIRE (a cameo role.)
Douglas recently reprised his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko in Oliver
Stone's 2010 sequel WALL STREET 2: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. He and his father
appeared in Lee Grant's HBO documentary "A Father, A Son... Once Upon a Time in
Hollywood" about the professional and personal lives of both men and the impacts
they have made on the motion picture industry.
As a producer alone, Douglas has made 18 films and television series. Some of
those credits include: FLATLINERS, RADIO FLYER, MADE IN AMERICA, THE RAINMAKER,
FACE/OFF and STARMAN. He later created an ABC series based on STARMAN Starring
Douglas theatre credits include: the off-Broadway production of Frank Gagliano's
City Scenes, John Patrick Shanley's Love is a Time of Day; and George Tabori's
Among his philanthropic efforts, Douglas hosts the annual Michael Douglas and
Friends Celebrity Golf Event, to raise money for the Motion Picture and
Television Fund. To date the event has raised more than $5 million.
He can next be seen in the THE REACH with Jeremy Irvine, which he is also
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