Michael Douglas is an American actor and producer whose career has spanned over four decades and includes an impressive range of both independent and blockbuster films. Recently, Douglas has become somewhat of a controversial figure as sexual misconduct stories from his past have surfaced.
Michael Douglas Net Worth As Of 2018: $300 Million
He is perhaps most known for his role as the amoral villain, Gordon Gekko, in Wall Street (1987), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also reprised the role in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). As both an actor and producer, Douglas has won two Oscars, one Emmy, and five Golden Globes.
In 1968, Michael Douglas received his B.A. in drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following his graduation, he moved to New York City and studied acting at The American Place Theatre. Michael Douglas started his film career in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His first significant role was on the TV series The Streets of San Francisco, in which he starred as Inspector Steve Keller from 1972 to 1976. In 1975, Douglas received the rights to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and went on to produce the film of the same name. The film won five Academy Awards and skyrocketed Douglas into a showbiz success.
His acting career also took off when he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy Romancing the Stone. The film also starred Danny DeVito, a friend of Douglas since they had shared an apartment in the 1960s. 1987 proved to be a memorable year for Douglas. He starred in two box office hits, Fatal Attraction and Wall Street. The latter of which he won an Academy Award as Best Actor.
Over the next ten or so years Michael Douglas continued his hot streak by appearing in films like Ridley Scott’s Black Rain (1989), Basic Instinct (1992), Disclosure (1994), David Fincher’s The Game (1997), and the Steven Soderbergh classic Traffic (2001), in which Douglas met his future wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. A lot of Douglas’s films during this time explored topics of sexuality and other sensitive topics. In particular, Disclosure covered subject matter around sexual harassment. In the film, Douglas plays a man harassed by his new female boss, Demi Moore.
The turn of the century has brought Douglas some more film success, and most recently, some controversy as well. In 2003, he starred in It Runs in the Family, which featured three generations of his family. Douglas joined Steven Soderbergh again in the 2013 film Behind the Candelabra, playing Liberace, opposite Matt Damon. His portrayal of Liberace was well-received and won him a Golden Globe and Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. He reprised his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). He also joined in on the Marvel Comic craze, playing Hank Pym in Ant-Man (2015).
Recent events have shed some disappointing light on Douglas’s otherwise clean past. Author and journalist Susan Braudy, a former employee of Douglas, has accused him of sexual harassment during her time spent working for him in the late 1980s. The story of this misconduct originally surfaced during that time, but Braudy claims Douglas was quick to sweep it under the rug. She says it’s taken decades and a powerful movement for her to have the courage to bring this story to light once again.