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Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944)  is an American actor and producer. Douglas's career includes a diverse range of films in independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades , both competitive and honorary. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" and the AFI Life Achievement Award , which "honor[s] an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture". 
Apart from his career in the film industry , Douglas has received notice for his humanitarian and political activism , as well as media attention for his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones , and his tongue cancer diagnosis.
Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey , the first child of actors Kirk Douglas (1916–) and Diana Dill (1923–2015).  His parents met at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.