Michael Douglas: A Biography by Marc EliotA groundbreaking portrait of one of Hollywood’s most successful stars, from critically acclaimed and bestselling biographer Marc Eliot
Through determination, inventiveness, and charisma, Michael Douglas emerged from the long shadow cast by his movie-legend father, Kirk Douglas, to become his own man and one of the film industry’s most formidable players.
Overcoming the curse of failure that haunts the sons and daughters of Hollywood celebrities, Michael became a sensation when he successfully brought One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring his friend Jack Nicholson, to the screen after numerous setbacks, including his father’s own failed attempts to make it happen. This 1975 box-office phenomenon won Michael his first Oscar (the film won five total, including Best Picture), an award Kirk hadn’t won at the time, and solidified the turbulent, competitive father-son relationship that would shape Michael’s career and personal life.
In the decades that followed, Michael established a reputation for taking chances on new talent and projects by producing and starring in the hugely successful Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile movies, while cultivating a multifaceted acting persona—edgy, rebellious, and a little dark—in such films as Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, and Disclosure.
Yet as his career thrived, Michael’s personal life floundered, with an unhappy and tumultuous first marriage, rumors of infidelity (especially with leading ladies such as Kathleen Turner), and a headline-grabbing stint in rehab. Rocked by a series of tragedies, including Kirk’s strokes, his son Cameron’s incarceration, and his own fight against throat cancer, Michael has emerged triumphant, healthy, and happy in his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, a Welsh actress twenty-five years his junior, and their new young family.
In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp focus this incredible career, complicated personal life, and legendary Hollywood family. Eliot’s fascinating portrait of the lows and remarkable highs in Michael’s life—including the thorny yet influential relationship with his father—breaks boundaries in understanding the life and work of a true American film star.
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A centenarian , he is one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war movies. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 movies. Douglas is known for his explosive acting style, which he displayed as a criminal defense attorney in Town Without Pity Douglas became an international star through positive reception for his leading role as an unscrupulous boxing hero in Champion , which brought him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received a second Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in The Bad and the Beautiful , opposite Lana Turner , and his third nomination for portraying Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life , which landed him a second Golden Globe nomination.
Michael Kirk Douglas born September 25,  is an American actor and producer. His early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions. Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Streets of San Francisco , for which he received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. The film received critical and popular acclaim, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture , earning Douglas his first Oscar as one of the film's producers. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Romancing the Stone , in which he also starred, thus reintroducing himself to audiences as a capable leading man. Apart from his acting career, Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism , as well as media attention for his marriage to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. His father is Jewish , and was born Issur Danielovitch.
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Sign in. Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" the name of his best-selling autobiography to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, in Amsterdam, New York. Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified an acting scholarship as a way out of his meager existence, and was sufficiently talented to gain entry into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He only appeared in a handful of minor Broadway productions before joining the United States Navy in , and then after the end of hostilities in , returned to the theater and some radio work.
Wilbur H. Not long ago Kirk Douglas celebrated his birthday. During the celebration he was surrounded by his closest people. As you know, Kirk Douglas is a son of Jewish-Russian immigrants. You should know that name changing was not widespread among US immigrants at the beginning of the 20 th century.