Dogged on disarmament, actor Michael Douglas earns Unicef award
BEVERLY HILLS, California (REUTERS) - Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas says his main philanthropic cause - nuclear disarmament - is not exactly the kind of "touchy-feely" issue that celebrities and their fans covet, and it can be awfully frustrating when it comes to progress.
It is one, however, he has stuck with for years as a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 1998, and for that persistence he will be recognised on Tuesday night, Jan 14, 2014, with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award from the US fund for Unicef, the UN branch for children.
"I was born in 1944, one year before the first bomb went off, and I hope in my lifetime to see the elimination of the weapons," Douglas told Reuters ahead of Unicef's Beverly Hills ball, with childhood friend Dena Kaye, the only daughter of the late comic actor and Unicef's first ambassador, by his side.
That he is being honoured with the Danny Kaye award is especially meaningful, he said, because he knew Kaye as a child, admired his impact on children and can still recite rhymes from his films. He said Kaye "did more for the United Nations and for Unicef than anyone I can think of."