Michael Douglas (‘Behind the Candelabra’) wins first career Emmy Award

44 years after first appearing on television, Michael Douglas won his first career Emmy Award at the 65th annual ceremony Sunday night. He won as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor for his portrayal as flamboyant pianist Liberace in the HBO telefilm “Behind the Candelabra.”

Son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas, his first TV role was on “CBS Playhouse” in 1969. After a few more guest roles, he then had a long-running supporting role on the ABC police drama “The Streets of San Francisco,” which brought him three Emmy nominations 1974-76.

During that same timeframe, he produced the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which earned him a Best Picture Oscar in 1975. Douglas enjoyed great success as a film actor over the next few decades and won another Academy Award as Best Actor for “Wall Street” (1987).

His only other Emmy nod was as Best Comedy Guest Actor for “Will and Grace” (2002).

In winning the 2013 Emmy, he defeated co-star Matt Damon, Benedict Cumberbatch (“Parade’s End“), Toby Jones (“The Girl“), and Al Pacino (“Phil Spector“).

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