5 things you didn't know about Michael Douglas

5 things you didn't know about Michael Douglas

Some lesser known tidbits about the Behind the Candelabra star

The Behind the Candelabra star recently revealed he contracted throat cancer from cunnilingus. Here are a few other things you might not have known about him.

  1. 12 years before he won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, he was the co-recipient of the award for Best Picture for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which he produced. The rights to the film were given to him by his father Kirk.

  2. He was recently addressed by Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on his title role in 1995 drama The American President. '[New York Times columnist] Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in The American President,' Obama said. 'I know Michael is here tonight. Michael... what's your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy?'

  3. Douglas' presidential career ain't over yet - he's set to play Ronald Reagan in Mike Newell's Reykjavik, a dramatisation of the 1986 Cold War summit between Reagan and Russian premiere Mikhail Gorbachev (to be played by Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz).

  4. Douglas shares a birthday (25 September) with Bruce Springsteen, Karl Pilkington, Cherie Blair... and his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, who is exactly 25 years his junior.

  5. 2003 comedy/drama It Runs in the Family was very much a Douglas clan affair: it starred Michael (who also produced), his parents (Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill) and his son (Cameron Douglas), and was associate-produced by his brother Joel Douglas. Aside from the stunt casting though, the film doesn't have a lot going for it - it currently has a 28% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Behind the Candelabra trailer

Behind the Candelabra

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe
  • UK release: 14 June 2013

Soderbergh goes for his sabbatical on a high, with this sparkling account of the relationship between flamboyant pianist Liberace (Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (Damon). The two leads are outstanding, and with wonderful cameos from Lowe, Reynolds and Aykroyd it's a surprisingly tender and poignant film.