Michael Douglas, a legendary actor who will turn 79 this year, boasts a successful acting career with many iconic movies to his name. From Wall Street to Falling Down, the Academy Award-winning star has played several memorable roles. His list of films is so extensive that he finds it hard to pick a favorite one. In an interview with The Guardian in 2023, he likened his roles to baseball hits – a good batting average with a few grand slams and lots of singles and doubles.


Douglas’s career is not limited to acting as he also produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which earned him his first Oscar. He won another Oscar for Best Actor in 1988 for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Over the years, Douglas has been considered one of the most attractive celebrities and has a loving relationship with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. However, as he is getting older, his health has started to deteriorate.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 5: Michael Douglas attends the men’s final on day 15 of the French Open 2022 held at Stade Roland Garros on June 5, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jen Catuffe/Getty Images)

Douglas’s health issues began in 2010 when he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer had reached an advanced stage before doctors were able to diagnose it. A friend’s doctor from Canada was finally able to identify a walnut-sized tumor at the base of his tongue that no other doctor had seen.

He underwent intensive treatments, including chemotherapy, which affected his physical appearance. He lost 45 pounds and was forced to be fed with liquids only for some time. Fortunately, in 2011, he was declared cancer-free.

Many believed that Douglas’s cancer was caused by drinking and smoking, but he revealed that it was actually caused by HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection. Douglas speculated that stress caused by his son’s incarceration might have contributed to his diagnosis. However, his comments about HPV causing his cancer drew a lot of attention, and his spokesperson later clarified that he was speaking generally about HPV and not referring to his own diagnosis.

Despite his health challenges, Douglas remains an iconic figure in the entertainment industry and continues to inspire many with his talent and resilience.

Despite these challenges, Douglas’ career in Hollywood has been nothing short of impressive. He has starred in numerous iconic films such as Wall Street, The Game, and Falling Down, among others. With so many successful films under his belt, it’s hard for him to pick a favorite.

Douglas has also proven to be a talented producer, as his production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest brought him his first Oscar. He later received another Oscar for his portrayal of the sleazy Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas attend the “Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania” UK Gala Screening at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

However, Douglas’ health took a hit in 2010 when he was diagnosed with tongue cancer. After receiving intensive treatments and losing 45 pounds, he was finally declared cancer-free in 2011. Douglas later revealed that the cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted infection.

Unfortunately, Douglas’ health was affected again during the COVID-19 pandemic. The actor revealed that he lost a significant amount of energy and experienced short-term memory loss due to being a “couch potato” during the pandemic.

Initially, he thought that his memory loss was due to his weed-smoking habits, but after discovering that some of his friends who smoked had excellent memories, he began looking for other reasons.

Despite these health challenges, Douglas remains positive and continues to work on his craft. He has also used his experiences to raise awareness about cancer and the importance of early detection.

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