Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Nov. 27, 1971
Michael Douglas Out from Under Father Kirk’s Shadow
By Penny P. Anderson
New York Times Special Feature
“I love the magic of moviemaking — arid of TV,” smiled a relaxed Michael Douglas. He was stretched out in the easy chair in his dressing room between scenes of his “Streets of San Francisco” series.
"I can understand why many actors get a little crazy doing a TV series. It’s true you can get locked in. But I’m really lucky. For one thing, I have Karl Malden as a co-star and believe me, I’ve learned a lot from that guy. He’s sure a pro. But we also have terrific scripts and production values. And, we have San Francisco.” Outside a steady rain blanketed the city — enshrouding it in the mist that has been its trademark over the years.
The sandv-haired son of movie star Kirk Douglas has come into his own over the three seasons of “Streets of San Francisco”. He’s lost his stilted mannerisms and his awkwardness in front of the camera and has settled into an
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appealing and amiable character. He has also developed a sense of security not only about his acting, but about his place in the world of show business. And, he’s also finally outgrown the inevitable tag, “Kirk Douglas’ son "
Gained Own Identity
It was a tag the young Douglas had fought hard to escape during the initial days of “Streets”. As the show has climbed steadily in the ratings - making it ABC’s number one so far this year — he has definitely gained his own identity. And his own star on the door.
But he does not trust that star. That is why he will test his wings at producing movies early next year. Along with Fantasy Records executive Saul Zaentz, Douglas will coproduce the film rendition of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, the play in which the senior Douglas starred a decade ago.
“My dad owned the rights to the play, but I’ve always loved it. A couple of years ago he wanted to sell it so I decided to buy it and make it myself.”
The junior Douglas has locked in super-star Jack Nicholson as the lead, and the company will film on location at a Salem, Ore., mental hospital. Douglas’ sojourn into producing is only adjunct to his acting, he said.
“With the way our business goes these days, you have to be as independent as possible. You have to have as much going for you as you can arrange. That means you learn from any opportunity that comes your way, learn about producing, directing — all phases of the business. That s one of the good things about being on a series. You do get involved in all areas.
“Let s face it, the actor is the last number in the line-up. He’s the last to be hired. And as an actor, you have very little control over anything. It’s different from the way most people live their lives, that’s for sure.”
Douglas admitted that as the son of a star, he had a def-
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inite advantage in adjusting to the fickle nuances of being an actor. Born in Brunswick. N. J., and educated in private schools on the East and West Coasts, he studied writing, acting and directing but had little professional experience before “Streets”. There had been minor roll's in the films “Hail Hero”, and “Adam At Six A M ”. His first starring role was in a little-heralded movie, “Summertree”,
It was during the 1969 production of that film that Douglas met Brenda Vacarro, the actress who now spends most of her time at his side. The two share a charming Victorian manor in one of San Francisco’s more quaint neighborhoods. They plan to marry in the near future.
“We’ve both come to love this city,” Douglas explained. “But it was hard on us at first. Brenda was usually working in L. A. and the separations were difficult. She hasn’t been working much lately so she’s been here with me. We’ve both fallen in love with the area.”
They still maintain a hillside home in Southern California to which they’ll return shortly when "Streets” wraps production for the season.
While there are definite disadvantages to working on location away from home most of the year, Douglas pointed out there are also some definite advantages, as well. ‘ For one thing, you can breathe here. When I think about the hot, smoggy days in the San Fernando Valley sound stages, I cringe. Up here, I feel like taking walks, like being out and involved with the community.”
From the way it looks now, he’ll have plenty of opportunity in coming seasons to mingle with that Northern California community as “Streets” continues to roll there. When it is canceled — whenever that is — he is aware he’ll have to return to the smoggy’ tepid atmosphere of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
But he is prepared. “The one thing you quickly learn in this business is to adapt. And to be versatile.”
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