Michael Douglas is an acclaimed, versatile Hollywood actor and producer who stands as a powerful celebrity. He has always raised the bar of acting standards through his stupendous performances. Michael Douglas’s acting career took off when he was very young. He has always found interest in performing art and theater. Douglas is an outstanding actor and an amazing human being who has received accolades for his exceptional and critically acclaimed movies. As of 2020, Michael Douglas’s net worth is around $330 million and he remains to be a heartthrob, even at this age.
Michael Douglas’s Net Worth
Michael’s income mainly comes from movies and TV shows. Mostly, he does suspense and thriller films in Hollywood. His fame is something that many desire and it never got a toll on his personal life. However, he has been in news and highlights for being in controversial and alleged affairs with various top actresses in the entertainment industry. He has always got the center stage, be it in his professional life or personal life. In this blog, we will know more about the legendary actor of Hollywood – his early life, his career, his success lessons and more on his net worth.
His Early Life
Michael Douglas was born on September 25, 1944 in New Jersey, New Brunswick. From the very start of his life, the actor was pulling off things well in the profession of acting and graduated in one of the popular drama programs from a reputed American university. His first acting experience gave him the boost of continuing with the art as a professional career. Later, he was a celebrity personal and prominent alumni when he decided to learn acting and joined theater in America.
He is the son of the ever popular Kirk Douglas, who passed away recently in February, 2020. He have had an eventful and extraordinary career, which also made an impact on people, garnering him a massive fan base and followers from all across the world. His unforgettable performance in ‘Romancing the Stone’, a film that came out as one of the most popular movies, definitely worth a watch. Both critics and audiences anticipate his work with massive positivity and count him as one of the leading actors of Hollywood. Let’s talk more about the star’s career.
Initial years of career
Douglas’s first hit TV appearance was in ‘Playhouse’ special on CBS-TV in 1969. The same year, he was also seen in ‘The Experiment’, in which he was billed as ‘M.K. Douglas’, for the first and last time. He was first seen in films in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He appeared in not much popular movies such as ‘Hail, Hero!’, ‘Summertree’ and ‘Adam at 6 A.M’. Golden Globe Awards nominated him for the ‘Most Promising Male Newcomer’ for his performance in ‘Hail, Hero!’
His first ever important role was seen in ‘The Streets of San Francisco, TV Series that ran from 1972 to 1976. He performed alongside Karl Malden. In some of his interviews, he has revealed that eventually Malden was her ‘mentor’.
In the year 1975, he received the rights to the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from his father. Michael produced the film having the same name. Kirk wished to star for the role of McMurphy in the film, but Michael said he would be a little too older for the role. The role went to Jack Nicholson, who grabbed the Best Actor awards at the Academy Awards. Douglas also received the Best Picture Award as a producer of the film.
After leaving ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ in 1976, Douglas played a hospital doctor in the medical thriller Coma (1978), and in 1979 he played the role of a troubled marathon runner in ‘Running’. In 1979, he both produced and starred in ‘The China Syndrome’, a dramatic film co-starring Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon about a nuclear power plant accident. The film was considered “one of the most intelligent Hollywood films of the 1970s”.
His Hollywood journey
Douglas’s acting career was propelled to fame when he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy ‘Romancing the Stone’. It also reintroduced Douglas as a capable leading man and gave director Robert Zemeckis his first box-office success. The film also starred Danny DeVito, a friend of Douglas since they had shared an apartment in the 1960s. It was followed a year later by a sequel, ‘The Jewel of the Nile’, which he also produced.
The year 1987 saw Douglas star in the thriller ‘Fatal Attraction’ with Glenn Close. That same year he played tycoon Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’ for which he received an Academy Award as Best Actor. He reprised his role as Gekko in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010, also directed by Stone.
Douglas starred in ‘The War of the Roses’ in 1989, which also starred Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner. In 1989 he starred in Ridley Scott’s international police crime drama ‘Black Rain’ opposite Andy García and Kate Capshaw; the film was shot in Osaka, Japan.
Continuous Box-Office Hits
In 1992, Douglas had another successful starring role when he appeared alongside Sharon Stone in the film ‘Basic Instinct’. The movie was a box office hit, and sparked controversy over its depictions of bisexuality and lesbianism. In 1994 Douglas and Demi Moore starred in the hit movie ‘Disclosure’ focusing on the topic of sexual harassment with Douglas playing a man harassed by his new female boss. Other popular films of Douglas during the decade include ‘Falling Down’, ‘The American President’, ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’, ‘The Game’, and a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic – ‘Dial M for Murder’ – titled ‘A Perfect Murder’. At the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1998, Douglas received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.
In 2000 Douglas starred in the critically acclaimed film of Steven Soderbergh, ‘Traffic’, opposite future wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Benicio del Toro. In the same year, he also received critical acclaim for his role in ‘Wonder Boys’, in which he played a professor and novelist suffering from writer’s block. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
From 2001– 2019
Douglas starred in ‘Don’t Say a Word’ in 2001, filmed shortly before his marriage to Zeta-Jones. In 2003, he starred in ‘It Runs in the Family’, which showcased all three generations of his family (his parents, Kirk and Diana, as well as his own son, Cameron). The film, although a labor of love, was not successful, both in terms of critics or love from the audiences (box-office). He then starred in and produced the action-thriller ‘The Sentinel’ in the year 2006. During that time, he also guest-appeared on the episode, “Fagel Attraction”, of the television sitcom ‘Will & Grace’, as a gay cop attracted to Will Truman (Eric McCormack); the performance earned Douglas an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Show.
Douglas was approached for ‘Basic Instinct 2’, but he denied to be a part of the project.
Douglas collaborated with Steven Soderbergh again on the 2013 film ‘Behind the Candelabra’, playing the role of ‘Liberace’, opposite Matt Damon. The movie was centered on the pianist’s life. His performance of ‘Liberace’ received critical acclaim, which resulted in him receiving the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. He also won SAG and Golden Globe Awards for the performance. He played ‘Hank Pym’ in the films ‘Ant-Man in 2015, Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018, and Avengers: Endgame in 2019, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. The Ant-Man films were directed by Peyton Reed and starred Paul Rudd in the lead. In 2018, he starred with Alan Arkin in ‘The Kominsky Method’, playing Sandy Kominsky, an aging acting coach. He received a Golden Globe Award for his performance.
Douglas is on the Board of Selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
His Personal Life
As you know, Michael Douglas is the son of Kirk Douglas, a legendary actor. Douglas was married previously but the marriage didn’t work well for them. Douglas met Zeta-Jones in the year 1998 at the Deauville Film Festival in France. They started dating and the couple got hitched in 2000.
The couple experienced many hardships together and one of the gloomiest days if their lives was when Douglas was diagnosed with a rare kind of tongue cancer. Not just this, Jones had to spent most of her time in hospital, not with Douglas but for her mental health. She was diagnosed with bipolar II. They had to live separately in the year 2013, but were soon back together by 2014.
Douglas and his kids
From his first marriage, the actor has a son named, Cameron. With Zeta-Jones, he has two kids – one son and one daughter. His son Dylan Michael was born in 2000 and Carys Zeta, her daughter Carys Zeta was born in 2003. Their kids are teenagers now and have their own smooth going social media presence. You can see what they are up to!
To give you some insights about the kids, Dylan started going to the Brown University in Rhode Island from 2018. Carys seems interested in fashion and was spotted with her parents at Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors shows during Fall 2019 fashion week.
The family went for a major event in 2019
On 1 March, 2019, Zeta-Jones took Dylan and Carys to the Royal welsh College of Music & Drama 2019 Gala held in New York City. The Welsh actress received an honorary award there. They look two dashing well-grown adults!
When both your mother and father are into the film industry, it shouldn’t be surprising for Carys and Dylan to encounter of their inetrests and plans to join them in the showbiz world. IN an interview Carys Zeta revealed that she is interested to take up acting, but also marked the point of how crucial it will be for her, given her unique circumstances.
She said, “When I was younger I didn’t like the idea of having this name attached to me, this kind of ‘Douglas dynasty’ stuff. I think what bothers me the most is that people think I don’t work hard for it, that I don’t need to work hard for it. That anything I do gets handed to me. When, honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people—that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”
His net worth
Michael Douglas’s net worth as of 2020 is around $300 million and talking about her actress wide, she records a net worth of $45 million. Douglas’s net worth also includes his family wealth and his decades of acting career should also be considered. However, he didn’t get anything from his father’s wealth upon his demise. Kirk’s money went all into charity and humanitarian causes. Still, Douglas’s net worth is much higher than the best actors of Hollywood such as Jason Stathom, Vin Diesel, Paul Rudd and some more.
Talking about pulling off parenting being such wealthy parents, it had never taken a toll over their responsibility as parents. IN fact. It looks quite otherwise.
In an interview to Town & County, Zeta-Jones along with saying that he is ‘sick of being humble’ also talked about being a celebrity mom to her kids. She said how it was very crucial for her and her actor husband to ensure their children got the right manners and etiquette.
“There’s nothing worse than a privileged kid without manners. I drilled it into them like boot camp,” said Zeta-Jones. “[Carys] knows she cannot roll her eyes at me, or huff and puff around me. I never did it to my mother, and she’s not doing it to me.”
Аwаrdѕ & Асhіеvеmеntѕ
Frоm thе ѕtаrt оf hіѕ саrееr іn 1976 tо dаtе, Місhаеl Dоuglаѕ hаѕ wоn ѕеvеrаl аwаrdѕ аnd nоmіnаtіоnѕ. Ѕоmе оf thе аwаrdѕ wоn аrе:
- 1976- Асаdеmу Аwаrd-Веѕt Рісturе-fоr “Оnе Flеw Ovеr а Cuсkоо’ѕ Nеѕt.”
- 1985-Gоldеn Glоbе Аwаrd-Веѕt mоtіоn рісturе- “Rоmаnсіng thе ѕtоnе.”
- 1988-Асаdеmу Аwаrd -Веѕt асtоr- fоr “Wаll Ѕtrееt.”
- 2009-Аmеrісаn Fіlm Іnѕtіtutе Аwаrd-Lіfеtіmе асhіеvеmеnt.
- 2009- Рrоduсеrѕ Guіld оf Аmеrіса Аwаrdѕ -Lіfеtіmе Асhіеvеmеnt іn Моtіоn Рісturеѕ.
- 2010- Zurісh Fіlm Fеѕtіvаl- Gоldеn Ісоn Аwаrd.
- 2013-Сrіtісѕ Сhоісе Теlеvіѕіоn Аwаrd- Веѕt Асtоr іn а Моvіе- “Веhіnd thе Саndеlаbrа.”
Here are some of the best highlights of Michael Douglas’ career:
- Romancing the Stone (1984)
- Wall Street (1987)
- Fatal Attraction (1987)
- Basic Instinct (1992)
- Falling Down ( 1993)
- The Game (1997)
- Wonder Boys (2000)
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
- Behind the Candelabra (2013)
- Ant-Man (2015)
Favorite Quotes from Michael Douglas
“It’s important to save your money. We need it for the long haul but too many Americans don’t save and don’t invest. It used to be that people would be proud of the fact that they were middle class. You’d have your church and buy a house and you had a car and everything else. Now, it’s really, really tough. Everybody has financial issues except for the one percent.” – Michael Douglas
“Sometimes we spend more efforts with people that are strangers in terms of making an impression that the person that’s closest to us. And you just got to remember not to take for granted that person that’s closest to you.” – Michael Douglas
“My entire career is contemporary based, not by choice, but just by character. So, all the movies I’ve done, except for one in 40 years, are contemporary. But I never did an effects movie. So, I’m also a producer and I was really curious about how this whole thing went together.” – Michael Douglas
“I don’t even know why, but my entire career is contemporary films. Entire career! There are no period movies – there’s one – but there’s no period movies, no special effects movies. I just do character studies and so, some of them are gonna bump into each other, but I love the challenge, with a good script. I love the challenge of playing not a very pleasant or attractive character that seduces an audience or wins an audience over by the end.” – Michael Douglas
“Suddenly you’ve worked yourself up to the top of the pecking order and you say to yourself, okay, this is going to be fun.” – Michael Douglas
Key Lessons from Michael Douglas
By now, we have discussed a lot about Michael Douglas’s career, personal life and net worth. Here are a few important lessons from his cancer experience. We thought it would be of some help for people who have cancer or know someone who is suffering from it. So, if you know someone or you yourself are a victim of cancer, these crucial lessons will help you deal with the situation a little better to survive, if not much.
Always try to hold a positive attitude towards life
No matter what your situation is, always try holding on to the positive side of the circumstances. Don’t let negativity sweep into your mind. Your physicians might ask you some serious and negative questions that might leave you thinking about your chances to survive the chronic disease. But, do not let all this come in way of your commitment to recover. If not physical support, but positivity will definitely keep your confidence high to battle cancer.
Be brave and seek support of your friends, family and physicians. They will help you through tough treatments that are important to cure the illness. Have the heart to deal with the situation. Do not let depression take over your confidence and positivity. You must stand brave!
Be with a helpful team
You should choose a good and helpful team that would help you overcome the illness. Your team must have a radiation oncologist, surgeon and medical oncologist, your care specialists, and a rehabilitation team. Along with their top qualifications and experiences, they must be good humans who will stand by you throughout the treatment. Do not miss out on your pharmacist. They can help you with symptom support and to find affordable medication, if possible.
Michael Douglas is among the most established and renowned actors and producers of Hollywood. He has delivered some exceptional performances in his career of more than four decades! As of 2020, Michael Douglas’s net worth is around $300 million (approx.) He is one of the wealthiest actors in the world.