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AFI will honor Michael Douglas

October 07, 2008|From a Times Staff Writer

Actor-producer Michael Douglas has been chosen to receive the American Film Institute's prestigious Life Achievement Award, 18 years after the same honor was bestowed on his father, Kirk Douglas.

Douglas, 64, who won an Oscar for "Wall Street" and also starred in "Fatal Attraction," "Romancing the Stone," "Basic Instinct," "The China Syndrome" and "Wonder Boys," will receive the award at a ceremony in L.A. on June 11.

"Michael Douglas is the rightful heir to the throne of the royal family of American film," Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees, said Monday in making the announcement. He praised Douglas as both an actor and as the producer of such films as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Starman" and "Face/Off."

Douglas will be the 37th recipient of AFI's Life Achievement Award.

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