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Thu, 8 Nov, 2018Basmah Qazi

Michael Douglas’ sweet moment with 101-year-old dad Kirk Douglas

Celebrating his 50th year in Hollywood on Tuesday, Michael Douglas was presented with a long overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to his father, the legendary Kirk Douglas.

The 74-year-old has many career highlights, but he is best known for playing Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, which ended up winning him an Oscar. Michael was surrounded by loved ones, including wife and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 49, and his dad Kirk who is now 101 years old.

Also accompanying the actor for the monumental occasion was his The China Syndrome co-star Jane Fonda, 80, and his 39-year-old son Cameron Douglas.

Michael shared a special moment with Kirk as the father and son seemed to be having a heartfelt conversation, with Michael ending it with an affectionate peck on the lips. 

Giving a heartfelt speech during the ceremony, Jane Fonda said: “When I first heard Michael was getting a star I thought, ‘What took so long?’ Especially because he has always been ahead of his time.”

Starring in over 60 films and television shows, Michael is considered a veteran in the industry. Some of his most prominent roles were for the 1970s police series The Streets of San Francisco, thriller films Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, and his most recent Marvel movie Ant-Man.

Fonda, who is the daughter of actor Henry Fonda, revealed the pressures she and Michael faced due to being born into a family that is considered Hollywood royalty.

“Both of our fathers were movie legends,” she said. “Can you imagine Michael heading out to go to an audition and Spartacus is sitting at the table?”

Michael’s achievements don’t just stop at acting, as the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest scored him a second Academy Award for producing. He has also produced a number of independent titles.

“I have been lucky enough to be part of classic Hollywood and new Hollywood,” he said.

Michael considered himself privileged to be able to have the opportunity to have his name beside 2600 talented men and women on the Walk of Fame.

“They are people who passionately cared about what they did and about entertaining people around the world,” he said.

Swipe through the gallery above to see photos from the special occasion. 

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