Michael Douglas

Actor, Producer, Director
Actor and producer Michael Douglas enjoyed great success by avoiding the heroic leading-man archetype by creating smart, flawed, sympathetically human characters. His popularity grew through several star-making hits ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (141)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Dr.Hank Pym (Actor)

Beyond the Reach 2015 (Movie)

Madec (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

My Friends Call Me Johnny 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

On the Record With Bob Costas 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unlocked 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

And So it Goes 2014 (Movie)

Oren Little (Actor)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

Liberace (Actor)

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers 2013 (Movie)

Yitzhak Rabin
 (Voice)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

Coblenz (Actor)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Phineas and Ferb 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

America: The Story of Us 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

Ben Kalmen (Actor)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps 2010 (Movie)

Gordon Gekko (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt 2009 (Movie)

Mark Hunter (Actor)

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 2009 (Movie)

Uncle Wayne (Actor)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Dalton Trumbo (Actor)

King of California 2007 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

2006 Alma Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies That Shook the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sentinel 2006 (Movie)

Pete Garrison (Actor)

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

You, Me and Dupree 2006 (Movie)

Mr Thompson (Actor)

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

Alex Gromberg (Actor)

The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

Steve Tobias (Actor)

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

One on One With David Frost: Michael Douglas 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Say A Word 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Nathan Conrad (Actor)

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Intimate Portrait: Madeleine Albright 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

Mr Burmeister (Actor)

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

NetAid: A Concert Special 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

One Day in September 2000 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/26/00) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

Robert Wakefield (Actor)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Grady Tripp (Actor)

A Perfect Murder 1998 (Movie)

Steven Taylor (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Karl Malden: Workingman's Actor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Hour 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Lancaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game 1997 (Movie)

Nicholas Van Orton (Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 (Movie)

Remington (Actor)

The American President 1995 (Movie)

President Andrew Shepherd (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/27/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Disclosure 1994 (Movie)

Tom Sanders (Actor)

Michael Douglas' Favorite Films 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

D-Fens (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

Detective Nick Curran (Actor)

First Person With Maria Shriver (02/19/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Shining Through 1992 (Movie)

Ed Leland (Actor)

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute to John Lennon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

If Dolphins Could Talk 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

Nick Conklin (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

Oliver Rose (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

Dan Gallagher (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (02/25/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

Gordon Gekko (Actor)

A Chorus Line 1985 (Movie)

Zach (Actor)

Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

Jack Colton (Actor)

Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

Jack Colton (Actor)

The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

Steven Hardin (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

Ben Lewin (Actor)

Running 1979 (Movie)

Michael Andropolis (Actor)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

Richard Adams (Actor)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Dr Mark Bellows (Actor)

The Streets of San Francisco 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon and Samantha 1972 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

When Michael Calls 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam at 6 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

Adam Gaines (Actor)

Summertree 1970 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Hail, Hero! 1969 (Movie)

Carl Dixon (Actor)

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Oliver Stone: Inside Out (TV Show)

Actor

What's Going On? (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (18)

Beyond the Reach 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sentinel 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Night At Mccool's 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eyes of An Angel 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Flatliners 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Starman 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jewel of the Nile 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Romancing the Stone 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Starman 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Running 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Actor and producer Michael Douglas enjoyed great success by avoiding the heroic leading-man archetype by creating smart, flawed, sympathetically human characters. His popularity grew through several star-making hits, including "Romancing the Stone" (1984), "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "Basic Instinct" (1992) and held strong as he portrayed midlife professionals at a crossroads in "Wall Street" (1987) and "Wonder Boys" (2000). Douglas rarely dominated a movie like his famous father Kirk Douglas had during his 1950s heyday, and, though his $20-million price tag might have suggested otherwise, the younger Douglas remained more of a complementary player who allowed a collection of strong actors to drive a film. In addition to his movie-star status, Douglas was well known as a film producer, garnering a Best Picture Oscar for his first outing, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), and maintaining his reputation with films including "The China Syndrome" (1979) and "The Rainmaker" (1997). The respected and well-liked actor raised eyebrows, however, when he married the much-younger screen beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones, with whom he later co-starred in the drug war drama "Traffic" (2000). Douglas' professional output decreased at the start of the new millennium, marked by lesser efforts such as the remake of "The In-Laws" (2003), but it was a succession of tragic events - the fatal overdose of half-brother Eric; the conviction of son Cameron for drug dealing; and Douglas himself being diagnosed with throat cancer - that cast a pall on the venerable star's personal life. Exhibiting the strength of character he had become known for, Douglas resurrected his most famous character, Gordon Gekko, in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" (2010), garnering critical praise and reminding the world that Douglas was still a force to be reckoned with.

Relationships

William Darrid

Step-Father
Married to Douglas' mother c.1956, until his death in July 1992

Kirk Douglas Actor

Father
Born Dec. 9, 1916; starred in "Paths of Glory" (1957) and "Spartacus" (1960) Co-starred with son Michael, grandson Cameron, and ex-wife Diana in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Anne Douglas

Step-Mother
Married Michael's father Kirk in 1954

Diana Douglas Actor

Mother
Born Jan. 22, 1923 Co-starred with ex-husband Kirk, son Michael, and grandson Cameron in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Diandra Douglas Actor

Wife
Met in Washington, DC the night before Jimmy Carter's inauguration Married March 20, 1977 Separated in 1995 Divorced June 1, 2000 Later romantically involved with painter Sacha Newley

Cameron Douglas Actor

Son
Born Dec. 13, 1978; mother, Diandra Douglas; reportedly spent time in rehab for alcohol problems c. 1997; arrested in December 2009 for a methamphetamine-dealing charge and was sentenced to five years in prison on April 20, 2010 Co-starred with father Michael, grandfather Kirk, and grandmother Diana in "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Dylan Douglas

Son
Born Aug. 8, 2000; mother, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Joel Douglas Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 23, 1947; head of Victorine Studios in Nice, France; produced several films for brother, including "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "It Runs in the Family" (2003)

Eric Douglas Actor

Half-Brother
Born June 21, 1958; had highly publicized battles with addictions Died July 6, 2004

Peter Douglas Actor

Half-Brother
Born Nov. 23, 1955; wrote, directed, and produced "A Tiger's Tale" (1987)

Maureen Dowd

Companion
Wrote op-ed pieces for The New York Times

Brenda Vaccaro Actor

Companion
Met on set of "Summertree" (1971) Dated from 1970-76

Elizabeth Vargas Actor

Companion
Briefly dated

Carys Zeta-Douglas

Daughter
Born April 20, 2003; mother Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones Actor

Wife
Began dating in spring 1999 Announced engagement in January 2000 Married on Nov. 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in NYC; they shared the same birthday, making him exactly 25 years her senior

EDUCATION

American Place Theatre

New York , New York
Studied acting with Wynn Handman

The Neighborhood Playhouse

New York , New York
Studied acting with Sanford Meisner

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , California 1968
Named school's best actor in 1967; was the Honorary President of the UCSB Alumni Association

Choate School

Wallingford , Connecticut
School name later changed to Choate Rosemary Hall after 1974 merger with another school

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Waterford , Connecticut
Attended for three summers during the 1960s; while attending he appeared in a stage production of Ron Cowen's "Summertree" before acting in the 1971 film version

Milestones

2013

Starred as Liberace in the HBO TV movie "Behind the Candelabra"

2012

Co-starred in the action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

2010

Reprised role of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's long-awaited sequel "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"

2009

Co-starred opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"

2009

Starred in the drama "Solitary Man," which also featured Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, and Mary-Louise Parker

2007

Played Evan Rachel Wood's manic depressive father in "The King of California"

2006

Appeared opposite Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson in the comedy "You, Me and Dupree"

2003

Starred alongside father Kirk and son Cameron in "It Runs in the Family"

2002

Made rare TV guest appearance on an episode of "Will & Grace" (NBC) as a gay cop attracted to Will Truman (Eric McCormack); earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

2001

Featured in the ensemble black comedy "One Night at McCool's"; also produced

2000

Played a writer-professor in Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys"

2000

Played a drug Czar in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble crime drama "Traffic"

1998

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in the thriller "A Perfect Murder," loosely based on the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film "Dial M for Murder"

1997

Executive produced "John Grisham's The Rainmaker," directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring De Vito

1997

Starred as the bored billionaire in the David Fincher thriller "The Game"

1995

Played U.S. President Andrew Shepherd in "The American President"

1994

Dissolved Stonebridge Entertainment and formed Douglas/Reuther Productions (formerly Constellation Films), a production company with producing partner Steve Reuther

1994

Signed a deal with Paramount to produce 12-14 features over four years

1994

Played a man sexually harassed by Demi Moore's character in Barry Levinson's "Disclosure"

1993

Co-produced the off-Broadway production "The Best of Friends"

1993

Reteamed with Schumacher as star of "Falling Down"

1992

Was again fatally attracted, this time to Sharon Stone, in Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct"

1992

Executive produced Richard Donner's "Radio Flyers"

1990

Produced Joel Schumacher's "Flatliners"

1989

Starred as a street-worn NYC cop in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain"

1989

Made third film with Turner and DeVito, "The War of the Roses"; film directed by DeVito

1988

Formed Stonebridge Entertainment

1987

Earned Best Actor Oscar for his ruthless portrayal of Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street"

1987

Starred opposite Glenn Close in Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction"

1986

Created and executive produced "Starman" (ABC), based on the 1984 feature

1985

Reunited with Turner and De Vito for the "Romancing" sequel "The Jewel of the Nile"; again produced

1984

Produced and starred in "Romancing the Stone" with Kathleen Turner and Danny De Vito

1984

Executive produced John Carpenter's "Starman," starring Jeff Bridges

1980

Acted opposite Jill Clayburgh in "It's My Turn"

1980

Injured in a skiing accident and spent three years off screen

1979

Produced the award-winning film "The China Syndrome"; also acted in the film, but was overshadowed by Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda, who both received Oscar nominations

1975

Produced first feature film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; earned Oscar for Best Picture; DeVito had small role in film

1972

Co-starred with Karl Malden on the ABC series "The Streets of San Francisco"; also directed some episodes; earned three Emmy nominations for his role

1970

Played young music student clashing with his parents over the Vietnam War in "Summertree"

1968

Made TV acting debut on "The Experiment" ("CBS Playhouse")

1968

Landed first significant film role as the well-scrubbed hippie lead in "Hail, Hero!"

1962

Worked as assistant film editor on "Lonely Are the Brave," starring his father

1960

Was a gofer on the set of "Spartacus," starring his father Kirk Douglas

Roomed with Danny De Vito when first starting out as an actor in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Douglas received UCLA's Spencer Tracy Award in 1990. His father was presented with the same honor in 1999.

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He was named Man of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 1992.

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Douglas underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in September 1992.

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In 1998, he was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.

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His official website www.michaeldouglas.com was launched on Feb. 1, 2000. The fan club fee was used to fund a foundation dealing with international concerns.

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In August 2010, doctors found a tumor in Douglas' throat and advised him to undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. In an interview with David Letterman on Aug. 31, 2010, Douglas revealed his throat cancer had spread beyond its original tumor and that his illness was more advanced than was first feared.

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"He's tough but he makes decisions and he knows exactly what he wants. If you have a problem, you go to him, he knows what you're talking about and he'll give you a decision. A lot of them in this business are tough and totally useless. A lot of them I can't find for a week. Michael wasn't always Mr. Nice Guy, but he was always there. He called me a son of a b*tch; I called him a son of a b*tch, but as a producer he's as good as any. He's got all the things you can love and hate in a person." – a veteran of the "Romancing the Stone" crew, quoted in The New York Times, Dec. 3, 1989

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"I think I've found a way to marry my two careers, which have always been on separate tracks to a certain degree. When I had my success as a producer, people always wanted to know why I wanted to be an actor. And when I got some success as an actor, people asked me why I still wanted to produce. It's always made some people uncomfortable that I won't just be one thing or the other." – Douglas on his Hollywood double duty, quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 4, 1994

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"Douglas has become the John Wayne of the gender war movies, the Indiana Jones of the men's movement." – Bruce Newman in New York Newsday, Dec. 4, 1994

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"There's a dark side to Michael that people are attracted to, and they know when they see a movie with him, there's going to be an edge to it. If someone else played the part, audiences wouldn't accept such a flawed character." – Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitors Relations Co. Inc., quoted in Us, August 1998

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"I love my work, but right now the United Nations is motivating me much more. Anywhere I go in the world, people will know me, and I'm enjoying using that opportunity. Sometimes you can reach people on the entertainment page with things they might glide over in the rest of the paper. And people in government are relieved to talk about movies for a while before you broach the real topic." – the newly appointed Minister of Peace, Michael Douglas to The Guardian, Oct. 15, 1998

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"It's a corny image, but I think of my life as a surfer. A surfer sits out there, and the waves come in sets and you've got to be ready for the waves. I've gotten pretty good at not pushing things. If things aren't there in my personal life or professionally, I rest. But when the waves come, they come in sets of five, three or seven. Then you've got to be ready to go." – Douglas to Daily News, Feb. 13, 2000

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Douglas on taking a pay cut to do "Wonder Boys": "I think what happens is that at a certain point in your life and career, whatever commercial success you've had, the desire just to do good work becomes more important. I've seen too many actors around my age group who've said, 'OK, let's just cash in; let's do four or five movies a year' and all of that. I'm not interested in that." – quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Sep. 23, 2000

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"When we were going to have a baby, we knew a bounty hunt would happen. So when we were contacted by a magazine about doing a layout, paying us for it, then syndicating the photos, a fairly common practice in Europe as opposed to here, we simply saw it as a way to build financial security for our son and control what was going to be a madhouse. I'd rather do that than have some guy harrassing us, though that happens anyway." – from Movieline, December 2000/January 2001

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"After the second week of shooting 'Wall Street,' Oliver Stone came into my trailer and asked me if I was OK. I said yes, and then he asked me if I was doing drugs and I said no. Then I asked him why he asked that question. He replied, 'Because you look as if you've never acted before in your life." – Douglas quoted in Hollywood Life, March/April 2006

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"For whatever reason, I've always been attracted to ambivalent characters. I like the grey area. I don't see many heroes. I've always been interested in people having more of a moral flaw and trying to get redemption." – Douglas to Empire, September 2006

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