A little non-election day news to pass the time: After 50 years in show biz, Michael Douglas was finally honored with his very own star on the Walk of Fame today!
It’s located near the near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, just a few feet from his father, Kirk Douglas’ star. His dad, now 101, was there at the ceremony, causing his son to get a little emotional.
“My dad is here,” Michael said, after giving shout-outs to wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and son Cameron. “In a month, Kirk turns 102 years old. So those of you who took the under on him taking 80, you lost a long time ago.”
“It means so much to me, Dad, that you’re here today,” he continued, tearing up. “I’ll say it simply and with all my heart: I’m so proud to be your son.”
Longtime pal Jane Fonda took to the podium to say a few words:
“When I first heard Michael was getting his star, I thought, ‘What took so long?’ … especially because he’s been so ahead of his time,” Fonda said at the podium.
“Michael Douglas and I share something far more specific and unique than acting together… we both come from families referred to by the press as Hollywood royalty. Both of our fathers were movie legends, and thankfully, Kirk Douglas is still with us,” she continued. “Stepping into a family business, any family business, is always challenging. Look at the Trumps or the Corleones.”
“Carving out your own identity in a world-famous family business is especially difficult when parent and child are the same gender. I believe it was easier for me to follow in my father’s footsteps than it was for Michael to follow in his father’s footsteps,” Fonda noted, joking about Michael having “Spartacus” for a father. “Michael has not only carved out his identity as a great, great actor with tremendous range, but as a great producer as well. He has rightfully been bestowed with all of the awards Hollywood has to offer… and now finally, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”
And there he is: Hollywood golden era screen legend Kirk Douglas, 101 years young. God bless him.
Jane, looking gorgeous
Wife Catherine in a totally spontaneous, totally believable smooch with her hubby.
Three generations of Douglas men: Michael, Kirk, and Cameron. I vaguely knew Cameron back in the day, he dated a friend of mine, and I still have a soft spot for him. He’s had it rough (mostly his own doing, but there for the grace of God and all that). I aways enjoy seeing him in paparazzi pics, though – looking incredibly handsome – and I like seeing him with his family – gives me feels.
(via ETOnline; Photos: MediaPunch)