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Michael Douglas is a Hollywood icon. With a legendary father, nearly 40 years in the business - and how's this for a resume? 'Wall Street', 'Fatal Attraction', and of course, who can forget - 'Basic Instinct.'
But how about the stuff you might not know? Or maybe don't remember? Well, Michael started out on TV, in the 70's crime drama 'The Streets of San Francisco.' In '75, he quit that show to produce a movie. Perhaps you've heard of it - 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', the winner of five Academy Awards. And did you know this? Originally, Kirk Douglas wanted to play the lead in 'Cuckoo's Nest.' But Michael decided his dad was too old, and Jack Nicholson got the role. Now, that takes guts.
By the Eighties, Michael was a box office superstar - with 'Romancing The Stone.' 'The Jewel of the Nile,' and 'War of The Roses.' Plus, he won another Oscar, this time as best actor for his role as Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street.' In the years since, he's portrayed 'The American President,' a man fed up with society in 'Falling Down,' and a drug czar in 'Traffic.'
Now, he's teaming up again with Oliver Stone to make 'Wall Street Two,' plus, he stars in the new film 'Solitary Man.'