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Born: September 25, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...
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His official website www.michaeldouglas.com was launched on February 1, 2000; the fan club fee is used to fund a foundation dealing with international concerns.

Received UCLA's Spencer Tracy Award in 1990. His father was presented with the same honor in 1999.

Named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 1992.

Douglas underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in September 1992.

In 1998, he was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.

"He's tough but he makes decisions and he knows exactly what he wants. If you have a problem, you go to him -- he knows what you're talking about, and he'll give you a decision. A lot of them in this business are tough and totally useless. A lot of them I can't find for a week. Michael wasn't always Mr Nice Guy -- but he was always there. He called me a son of a bitch; I called him a son of a bitch, but as a producer he's as good as any. He's got all the things you can love and hate in a person." --a veteran of the "Romancing the Stone" crew, quoted in The New York Times, December 3, 1989.

"I think I've found a way to marry my two careers, which have always been on separate tracks to a certain degree. When I had my success as a producer, people always wanted to know why I wanted to be an actor. And when I got some success as an actor, people asked me why I still wanted to produce. It's always made some people uncomfortable that I won't just be one thing or the other." --Douglas on his Hollywood double duty, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1994.

"Douglas has become the John Wayne of the gender war movies, the Indiana Jones of the men's movement." --Bruce Newman in New York Newsday, December 4, 1994.

"There's a dark side to Michael that people are attracted to, and they know when they see a movie with him, there's going to be an edge to it. If someone else played the part, audiences wouldn't accept such a flawed character." --Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitors Relations Co. Inc., quoted in Us, August 1998.

"I love my work, but right now the United Nations is motivating me much more. Anywhere I go in the world, people will know me, and I'm enjoying using that opportunity. Sometimes you can reach people on the entertainment page with things they might glide over in the rest of the paper. And people in government are relieved to talk about movies for a while before you broachthe real topic." --newly appointed Minister of Peace Michael Douglas, quoted in The Guardian, October 15, 1998.

"It's a corny image, but I think of my life as a surfer. A surfer sits out there, and the waves come in sets and you've got to be ready for the waves. I've gotten pretty good at not pushing things. If things aren't there in my personal life or professionally, I rest. But when the waves come, they come in sets of five, three or seven. Then you've got to be ready to go." --Michael Douglas to Daily News, February 13, 2000.

Douglas on the end of his "madness", quoted in Us, MArch 2000: "I don't feel anger anymore. If you have a void, you fill it with something. And love is a valuable stone that you can't necessarily find."

Douglas on taking a pay cut to do "Wonder Boys": "I think what happens is that at a certain point in your life and career, whatever commercial success you've had, the desire just to do good work becomes more important. I've seen too many actors arouns my age group who've said, 'OK, let's just cash in; let's do four or five movies a year' and all of that. I'm not interested in that." --quoted in The Daily Telegraph, September 23, 2000.

Douglas on selling exclusive rights to pictures of he, his wife and their newborn son to a magazine: "It seems odd, I guess, for the United States. But Catherine is an international star, and in England, the paparazzi become like bounty hunters and go to extraordinary extremes to take a photograph they can sell. When you spend your whole life protecting your name and likeness, how do you deal with these people? ... When we were going to have a baby, we knew a bounty hunt would happen. So when we were contacted by a magazine about doing a layout, playing us for it, then syndicating the photos--a fairly common practice in Europe as opposed to here--we simply saw it as a way to build financial security for our son and control what was going to be a madhouse. I'd rather do that than have some guy harrassing us, though that happens anyway." --to Movieline, December 2000/January 2001.

"Compared with the characters in 'A Perfect Murder' or 'Wall Street', this guy was much more uncertain about himself, more like the guy in 'Falling Down'. Sometimes you want to do something a little different, not be so concerned about your vanity and you put on weight. 'Wonder Boys' allowed me to play against the intensity that runs in the Douglas genes, to play a man of inaction as opposed to a man of action. I call it a coming-of-age movie for a 50-year-old." --Douglas on Professor Grady Tripp, his character in "Wonder Boys", quoted in Movieline, December 2000/January 2001.

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