By Onyinye Ugwu
American actor, Michael Douglas, on Tuesday got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actor who’s best known for his Oscar-winning performance as Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie ‘Wall Street’ celebrated his 50th year in show business with the star which is near that of his 101 years old screen legend father, Kirk Douglas.
Douglas, 74, was accompanied to the ceremony by his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, His son Cameron, his father Kirl who starred in the 1960 gladiator movie ‘Spartacus and ‘The China Syndrome’ co-star Jane Fonda.
The highly respected Hollywood veteran has appeared in more than 60 films and television shows, including Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, 1970s police series ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, and more recently the Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man’.
“This is a great honour and I’m not getting any younger, I want to enjoy it with (my family),” the 74-year-old actor said as the star was unveiled.
Douglas also got emotional and teary-eyed as he addressed his father, telling him that his presence at the event meant a lot.
“I’ll say it simply and with all my heart, ‘I’m so proud to be your son,” he said, choking up before him and his father shared a kiss.
He said he was honoured to join the more than 2,600 men and women represented on the Walk of Fame: “They are people who passionately cared about what they did and about entertaining people around the world.”
Jane Fonda while speaking at the ceremony said she and Douglas both faced the challenge of being born into Hollywood royalty and trying to find their own way in the same world.
“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?”
The younger Douglas was just 29 when he earned his spot among Hollywood’s elite as producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, then the first movie in 40 years to sweep the “big five” Oscars for best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay.
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