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Michael Douglas follows in dad's footsteps

Associated Press
January 19, 2004
 

NEW YORK -- Michael Douglas co-starred with Kirk Douglas for the first time last year in "It Runs in the Family." Soon, he'll have something else to share with his father: the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The 59-year-old actor will receive the career achievement award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association during the Jan. 25 Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kirk Douglas, 87, took home the same honor in 1968, making them the first father-son recipients.

"We've got good genes -- longevity and endurance," Michael Douglas told The Associated Press by phone last week from Bermuda, where he lives part-time with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children: son Dylan, 3, and daughter Carys, 71/2 months.

"It's sort of weird -- looking in the mirror I feel like I haven't finished the race yet, that I'm in the third lap and someone's giving lovely, nice kudos. Do they know something I don't know?"

Douglas is a longtime favorite at the Golden Globes, which are famous for their party atmosphere, compared with the more traditional Oscars. He won for best actor in a drama for 1987's "Wall Street" and for co-producing 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which won best drama.

He's also been nominated for the films "Hail, Hero!" "The War of the Roses," "The American President" and "Wonder Boys," and the TV series "The Streets of San Francisco."

This time, he said, he's looking forward to seeing old friends.

Among them: "Aaron Sorkin from 'The West Wing' -- when I did 'American President,' he wrote 'American President.' My friends from 'Will & Grace,' I did a guest episode on that. Marty Sheen was in 'American President' with me, too. Karl Malden, and Saul Zaentz, who I produced 'Cuckoo's Nest' with.

"Plus, you can drink."

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