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Keynote Speaker

Michael Douglas

Academy Award/Emmy Award-winning actor/producer United Nations Messenger of Peace, Activist Genesis Prize Laureate

Michael Douglas is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, producers, and humanitarians. The son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas and actress Diana Douglas, he grew up in Connecticut and spent summers on movie sets with his father. After earning a B.A. in Dramatic Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he moved to New York to continue studying and appeared in several Off Broadway and television productions. He received his first major break co-starring with Karl Malden in the popular TV series The Streets Of San Francisco. He left the series to begin his career as a film producer with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1975. Douglas won his second Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. He followed with both controversial and successful films like The China Syndrome, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, The War of the Roses, Black Rain, Basic Instinct, Disclosure, Falling Down, The American President, Wonder Boys, and Traffic. Most recently, he portrayed the legendary Liberace in the HBO film Behind The Candelabra, for which he won the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards for Best Actor. He also starred in Marvel Comic’s Ant-Man and will soon begin filming the sequel.

Douglas is the recipient of the 2009 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Producers Guild Award that same year. In 2014, he was the Genesis Prize winner and for 11 years he hosted the Michael Douglas and Friends celebrity golf event that raised more than $6 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

In 1998, Douglas was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Secretary General Kofi Annan. His main focuses are nuclear abolishment and the control of small arms.

Douglas is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and they have a son and daughter. Douglas also has a son from a previous marriage.