Acclaimed actor Michael Douglas focusing on his family since recovering from tongue cancer
Published on Jul 23, 2014 5:54 PM
Michael Douglas could have retired a long time ago.
When the actor won a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute in 2009, he had already enjoyed a distinguished career for more than two decades - first as a successful television actor on the police drama The Streets Of San Francisco (1972 to 1976), then as one of Hollywood's most sought-after film stars, appearing in zeitgeisty films such as Wall Street (1987), a tale of financial greed that won him the Best Actor Oscar, and the sexual thriller Fatal Attraction (1987).
But instead, he kept making bold moves late into his career, going completely against type to play what many felt was the role of a lifetime as the gay pianist Liberace in director Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra (2013), an arthouse favourite that earned him a Best Actor Emmy.
At 69, he will now appear in another atypical love story, And So It Goes, a romantic comedy about 60somethings.
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"I'm not worried about what people think of me.
A lot of people take for granted the person closest to them... My focus now is on my family and making the most effort I can for the people closest to me."
Actor Michael Douglas, who stars in And So It Goes, on his life after he has been given the all-clear from tongue cancer