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Let's all wish happy birthday to industry legend and Hollywood icon, Michael Douglas! The venerated actor and producer turns 71 today.

Moviepilot fans, of course, will know him from this summer's Ant-Man, in which he played Dr. Hank Pym, inventor of Pym Particles and mentor to Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. But with him having been in the game since the late 60s, doing full justice to Douglas' career would be almost impossible.

His breakout role was in the early 70s as Inspector Steve Keller in cop procedural drama The Streets of San Francisco, for which he received an impressive three consecutive Emmy nominations. He won his first Oscar in 1975 as the producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In the 80s, his star only grew, with him appearing in romantic comedies Romancing the Stone and sequel The Jewel of the Nile, cult classic Fatal Attraction, and possibly his most famous role, the amoral Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Other notable films of his have included musical A Chorus Line, Basic Instinct, The Game, The War of the Roses, and The American President.

His incredible performance as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO miniseries Behind the Candelabra won him an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.

Outside of his career, Douglas has had a full life. He was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2010, which he subsequently beat. He's been married to Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000, and the pair are very involved in humanitarian activities and political activism, with Douglas being very active in anti-war/global peace initiatives. His major causes have been gun control and nuclear disarmament, as well as the eradication of child soldiers.

He and Zeta-Jones hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2003, and in 2006, Douglas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


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