Michael Douglas faces throat cancer battle
Hollywood star Michael Douglas with his wife, Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones
Doctors have found a tumour in the throat of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas and plan to treat the ‘Wall Street’ star with radiation and chemotherapy over eight weeks.
Doctors expect Douglas (65), to make a full recovery, the actor's spokesman told People magazine last night.
A representative for Douglas confirmed the report to Reuters but declined comment on any further details.
“I am very optimistic,” Douglas said in a statement.
Douglas, who is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, has enjoyed a long career in Hollywood spanning five decades and he is the son of film legend Kirk Douglas.
He made his first major mark as a producer on the 1975 drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest — which earned him an Oscar — and got his big break as an actor in 1970s television series The Streets of San Francisco.
In the 1970s and 1980s he saw his fame rise in movies such as The China Syndrome and Romancing the Stone, and he won his second Oscar — this time for acting — playing corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.
Other noteworthy film credits include The American President and Wonder Boys.
He will reprise the Gekko role in this autumn's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps — which had its international premiere at May's Cannes film festival.
The news was another blow for the acclaimed star, who has already endured a difficult 12 months.
His son Cameron (31) was jailed with ex-wife Diandra Luker earlier this year after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell crystal meth and for heroin possession.
“I've had a rough year on the personal front,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times in June.
Douglas said he felt responsible
for his troubled son's problems.
He said: “I've taken blame about being a bad father — if being a bad father is working your butt off trying to create a career.
“When I had Cameron I was early in my career and as opposed to most jobs, making movies takes you all around the world, so you were absentee in that sense.”
Douglas, determined not to make the same mistake again, slowed down his Hollywood career in recent years to spend time with Zeta-Jones (40), and their young children Dylan (10) and Carys (7).
A former heavy smoker, Douglas is said to have quit cigarettes four years ago.