Michael Douglas says 'good genes' explain film award
Christy Lemire, Associated Press
 
Published January 21, 2004
 
 

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 Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kirk Douglas, 87, received the same honor in 1968, making them the first father-son recipients.

"We've got good genes -- longevity and endurance," Michael Douglas said by phone from Bermuda, where he lives part-time with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their two children.

"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," he said. "Do they know something I don't know?"

Douglas is a longtime favorite at the Golden Globes. 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 also has been nominated for his work on the films "Hail, Hero!" "The War of the Roses," "The American President" and "Wonder Boys," and the TV series "The Streets of San Francisco."

Other previous Cecil B. DeMille recipients include Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery and Sophia Loren.

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