Major star, prominent producer, and member of one of Hollywood’s most prominent families to boot, Michael Douglas is one of Hollywood’s biggest movers and shakers. The son of movie icon Kirk Douglas and British actress Diana Dill, Douglas was born September 25, 1944, in New Brunswick, NJ. From the age of eight he was raised in Connecticut by his mother and a stepfather, but spent time with his father during vacations from military school.
It was while on location with his father that the young Douglas began learning about filmmaking. In 1962, he worked as an assistant director on Lonely Are the Brave, and was so taken with the cinema that he passed up the opportunity to study at Yale for that of studying drama at the University of California at Santa Barbara. At one point he and actor/director/producer Danny De Vito roomed together, and have remained friends ever since. Douglas also studied drama in New York for a while, and made his film debut as an actor playing a pacifist… read more
A lot of my contemporaries (those born between 1984 and 1992 at least) think of him as a saggy skinned, creepy old man. I'll always think of him as that crisp voiced, suave cool "old" guy who made such an impression on me in "Wall Street", "The War of the Roses", "Falling Down", "The Game" and "Wonder Boys", and even just as well in lesser films ("Black Rain", "Basic Instinct", "Fatal Attraction"...) where I couldn't ignore his presence.