Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. A versatile actor, he was widely appreciated for his adept performances as a television and motion picture artist. Here is a quick summary of Michael Douglas’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Michael Douglas Early Life
Michael Douglas was born on September, 25, 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His father Kirk Douglas and mother Diana Dill were actors. He has a younger brother Joel Douglas and two paternal half- brothers. His initial education was in The Allen-Stevenson School New York city, Eagle Brook school in Massachusetts and The Choate Preparatory school in Connecticut. He did his graduation in Drama from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968. On November 18,2000 Michael Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta Jones. They have a son named Dylan and a daughter named Carys Zeta
Michael Douglas Career, Awards & Achievement
Starting from Television, Michael Douglas went into film early in his career although he was on Television off and on. One of his first films was “Hail Hero” which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for most promising male newcomer.
His first major role in a TV series was in “The streets of San Francisco” in which he starred with Karl Malden whom he regarded as his mentor. In 1975 Michael Douglas father gave him rights of a novel “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest”. He produced a movie of the same name for which he was awarded an Academy award of “Best Film”.
In 1979 he produced and starred in the film “China Syndrome” with Jane Fonda Jack Lemmon. The film is regarded as an iconic film of seventies. He shot into fame with a 1984 film “Romancing the Stone”. In 1987 his role as Tycoon Gordon Gekko in the film“Wall Street” won him an academy award for best actor.
In 1994 his film “Basic Instinct” was a box office hit but was also controversial for its sexual overtones. Michael Douglas did many popular films from 1994 to 2001 like “Falling Down”, “The American President” and “Perfect Murder”. In 1998 he received Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. His portrayal of Liberace, a pianist, in the film “Behind the Candelabra” won him Emmy award for outstanding lead actor.
Michael Douglas is a supporter of Nuclear disarmament and was appointed a UN messenger of peace by Secretary General Kofi Annan in 1998. He is a notable democrat and supported Barrack Obama financially. He was also a major advocate of gun control after the murder of John Lennon in 1980.
Awards & Achievements
From the start of his career in 1976 till date, Michael Douglas has won several awards and nominations. Some of the awards won are:
1976- Academy Award-Best Picture-for “One flew over a cuckoo’s nest”. 1985-Golden Globe Award-Best motion picture- “Romancing the stone”
1988-Academy Award -Best actor- for “Wall Street”. 2009-American Film Institute Award-Lifetime achievement. 2009- Producers Guild of America Awards -Lifetime achievement in Motion Pictures. 2010- Zurich Film Festival- Golden Icon Award. 2013-Critics Choice Television Award- Best actor in a Movie- “Behind the Candelabra”
Net Worth of Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas net worth is estimated to be $300 million, making him one of richest Hollywood actors. His earnings started to grow early in his career when he was in TV shows. From then onwards he went into films both as producer and actor. His net worth reflects mostly his earnings from films. His other investments may also be adding to his net worth.
One of his properties is a Devonshire based Hotel Ariel Sands Beach Club having world class beaches, resorts, pools and restaurants.
Michael Douglas is a versatile actor who has made his mark not only in Hollywood but is a world figure, winning and registering his presence in various film festivals and other forums. His anti- war, pro-nuclear disarmament stands and other peace initiatives has made UN Secretary General appoint him as UN messenger of peace.