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Douglas receives lifetime achievement award

Hollywood star Michael Douglas has received a prestigious lifetime achievement award from the organisers of the Golden Globes, the same gong his father Kirk won 35 years ago.

Douglas, 59, watched by his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, picked up the Cecil B DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, making him the first-ever second-generation recipient of the honour.

"Catherine ... I'm so happy to share this with you," Douglas said.

The organisation voted to bestow the honour on Douglas for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field" at the 61st annual Golden Globes ceremony.

Douglas's famous father, the star of such classics as Spartacus, won the same award at the 1968 Globes, seen by many as the second most high-profile awards show in Hollywood after the Oscars.

"My father couldn't make it here tonight," Douglas said.

"But if Kirk was here, I would acknowledge him for his stamina, for his endurance and his great sense of material.

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

Douglas won the best actor Oscar for 1987's Wall Street, and one as producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in 1975.

He also won Globes for the same performance and production.

Introducing Douglas, his oft-time co-star and one-time roommate Danny DeVito poked some gentle fun at the relationship between the star and his father.

"What drives a man to so passionately to achieve his goals? I can sum this up in one word. Kirk!" DeVito said.

He also referred to Douglas's reputation as a womaniser in his youth.

"His friends didn't know whether he was going to become an actor or a gynaecologist," DeVito said.

"But we are very happy that he chose both!"

-- AFP

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