Michael Douglas: A Look at His Life and Career

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At sixty-five years of age, Hollywood actor, Michael Douglas is still one very sexy guy. His undeniable cool and rugged swagger makes him a man's man. Yet, he also oozes the kind of smoldering sex appeal that makes him every woman's fantasy as well - certainly for those of us over the age of forty.

Of course, it doesn't hurt when you are the offspring of the very chiseled-faced, Hollywood legend, Kirk Douglas, with a strong jaw line and famous chin dimple, either. But, Michael Douglas brings so much more to the table than just GQ looks and a family pedigree. He has quite the impressive resume which spans four decades and includes both television and film.

These days, Michael Douglas is acting opposite young Hollywood, with Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan, in the 2010 Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps. But, make no mistake about it, Michael Douglas is definitely old school, having cut his acting chops with some of the best in Hollywood.

Certainly, when you take a look at Michael Douglas's impressive body of work, it's not hard to see why he continues to be relevant and highly bankable well into his sixties. Whether he is producing, directing or acting, Michael Douglas always brings a je ne sais quoi that makes him smoking hot and I for one, just can't get enough.

The Early Years

In 1972, twenty-eight year old Michael Douglas began to make a name for himself in the acting world by way of the hit television show, The Streets of San Francisco. It certainly didn't hurt Michael's career that he acted opposite the well known, Karl Malden, but it also didn't take audiences long to recognize that the strikingly handsome Michael Douglas could fill a screen with his own presence and command a loyal following of his own - and he certainly did.

The show had a successful five-year run, during which time Michael received the rights to, produced and directed the 1975 classic film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson. Michael's efforts garnered not only a best actor, academy award for Jackson Nicholson, but they also won a best picture award for him as well, marking the beginning of an abundantly fruitful movie career spanning the next three decades.

1980s - 1990s: Greed Was Good and So Were Michael's Films

The 1980s and 1990s were the perfect decades for Michael Douglas. The unbridled wealth, prosperity and self-indulgence of those years provided the backdrop for some of his best work.

Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile with the sultry Kathleen Turner, released in the early 80s, were playful, adventure films along the lines of the Indiana Jones series done by Harrison Ford and showed that the serious Michael Douglas knew how to have a little fun and make audiences laugh along with him. The chemistry between Michael and Kathleen Turner was so good, that they capitalized on it again in 1989, with the dark comedy, The War of the Roses, directed by Danny DeVito.

While all three of the films were considered box-office successes for Michael; the films, Wall Street, where Michael first brought to life the iconic "greed is good" character, Gordon Gekko, Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, became the work that firmly etched Michael Douglas into the annals of film history as one of the all time greats. Not to mention, establishing him as one very, serious sex symbol - Oy.

2000s - Present

Unfortunately, privileged beginnings, good looks and a lucrative Hollywood career do not always guarantee one a charmed life. In 2010, Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer, for which he is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and his oldest son, Cameron Douglas, was sentenced to five years in prison for drug trafficking.

Michael Douglas has admitted his failings as a father contributed to Cameron's downfall and says he wasn't always the best husband either. His long and well documented history of philandering and treatment for sex addiction killed his first marriage to Cameron's mother, Diandra Douglas.

But, if there is any truth to the notion that you can't keep a good man down, then Michael Douglas would qualify as a good man. Currently married to actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael is now a loyal husband and doting father to their young children, Dylan and Karys.

Having clearly learned from his failings and taken responsibility for his mistakes, Michael Douglas has vowed to beat cancer and live the remaining years of his life embracing the simplicity of quiet days spent with family.

Certainly, given the generous contribution that Michael Douglas has made to film and television, one would have to say, he definitely deserves it.

Sources:

"Michael Douglas Reveals Throat Cancer at Stage 4" September 1, 2010. Today.MSNBC.MSN.com. September 26, 2010. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38949849/ns/today-entertainment/

"Cameron Douglas Sentenced to Five Years on Drug Charges" April 20, 2010. People.com. September 26, 2010. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20362421,00.html

"Michael Admits to Putting His Career First Instead of Fathering Troubled Cameron". March 1, 2010. New York Daily News. September 26, 2010. http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/03/01/2010-03-01_michael_douglas_admits_to_putting_career_first_before_fathering_troubled_son_cam.html

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