Kirk Douglas (left) with his son, fellow actor Michael Douglas.
Kirk Douglas is still recognized as a film icon who played alongside some of the most beautiful leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era. But Michael Douglas, he was just daddy.
“My father was a movie star under that name was both good and bad,” the colleague-the actor recently told Closer Weekly about his unconventional childhood. “People think that it is a silver spoon. That it is not.”
Michael admitted that while he and his father have always been incredibly close, it was sometimes difficult to live in the shadow of the beloved patriarch ‘ s huge success.
It is the reason why the now 73-year-old was in his father’s famous footsteps at first.
“For a long time, I can’t say that I really enjoyed the act,” said Michael. “I was always to censor, edit, or analyze, instead of just going with it.”
Michael would go on to continue the family business in film, television and theatre. His first credited role in the TV series “CBS Playhouse” in 1969. He has since maintained a sustainable career and won two Oscars.
But Michael’s greatest achievement? How to create a family of their own.
Michael shares two children, 18-year-old son Dylan and 15-year-old daughter Carys with his second wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. He has a 39-year-old son Cameron, from his first marriage with film producer Diandra Luker.
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“My marriage and my family, for my career now,” he explained. “Do you know what absolute happiness is? For me it is to wake up my kids in the morning — these little pieces of innocence and they are so happy to see me. It is [an] unconditional love.”
Michael was also a grandfather of Cameron’s daughter, Lua Izzy Douglas, in December 2017.
“I love Lua — she’s gorgeous,” gushed Michael. “I think you appreciate it a grandparent more when everyone is out of the house and the empty-nest syndrome, but I still have my daughter with me.”
But life at home was not always plain sailing. Closer Weekly revealed Michael and Zeta-Jones, 48, went through a brief separation in 2013. Still, he was there and nothing could possibly tear them apart.
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“We worked things out,” he said. “You can’t divide it into parts. She is pretty darn good.”
And as for the pension? Michael is not interested to slow down on his craft.
“Retirement gives the impression that you are relieved of your work,” he explained. “Now, my health is good, I’m going to enjoy my career, it is my 18th year of marriage to Catherine, and it couldn’t be better and my children are doing well. So I have very few complaints, and that does not happen very often in life. I am a happy man.”
Michael is not the only enjoy his marriage. Back in 2017, his father and his old wife Anne Douglas linked to the release of a memoir, under the title “Church and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter and a Life in Hollywood.
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Douglas and the German-born publicist and have been married since 1954.
Douglas, 101, and Anne, 99, told Fox News at the time that they kept the romance alive by numerous love letters, which is the inspiration for the book. Anne saved their correspondence, a chronicle of the relationship over the years.
“I remember how much we depended on the mail from each other when we were apart,” said Douglas. “So I asked her. And they brought a battered file folder that she had kept hidden in a closet in our Montecito home. My remarkable wife had thought of everything — notes, cables, scrawled musings of the plans and the film sets, to begin in 1953 when we first met in Paris. At that moment I knew: this is not my book, it should be ours.
What is the secret behind a high-profile Hollywood marriage has thrived for more than 60 years? While Anne has to turn a blind eye to the infidelity of the couple, who has two sons, credited date night for sparking the romance every day.
“[Date night is the same as it is in our marriage,” said Douglas. “We spend on what we call the ‘golden hour’ together at around 6:30 per night. We sit and talk and laugh and share our day and our thoughts with each other.”
“Except now we are very 21st century and bring together our iPads,” added Anne.