A legendary actor with 50 celebrated years of film, television and producing experience, Michael Douglas is known for his era-defining roles, dedicated public service record and enduring cultural impact.
Since his earliest acting work on Hail, Hero! and “The Streets of San Francisco,” Michael has played some of the most memorable and enigmatic American anti-heroes of the last half century. He is most known for his iconic screen roles, like his Academy Award-winning turn as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street as well as critically and commercially acclaimed films such as Fatal Attraction, The American President, Basic Instinct, Traffic and Romancing the Stone. He is also a prolific producer, with credits on politically relevant and socially influential motion pictures like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The China Syndrome, which presciently demonstrated the real-life risks of a nuclear meltdown and cemented his interest in disarmament issues. He will next appear as Benjamin Franklin in an upcoming limited series depicting the founding fathers craft for the art of diplomacy.
With a passion for complex protagonists and darkly humorous undercurrents, Michael has received numerous accolades for his work, including two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, AFI Life Achievement Award, two French Cesar Awards for Career Achievement is an Officer of Arts and Letters and most recently was awarded the Palme d'or d'honneur for lifetime achievement at the 76th Annual Festival de Cannes.
In addition to his career accomplishments, Douglas has remained a steadfast public servant, activist and philanthropist dedicated to peace and human welfare. In 1998, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Michael as a Messenger of Peace for his commitment on disarmament issues, including nuclear non-proliferation and halting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. In this capacity, his public stand on disarmament plays an important role in focusing public awareness on the United Nations’ efforts to strengthen global peace and security. He also supports the work of several organizations dedicated to disarmament and non-proliferation, including the Ploughshares Fund and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.