AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONORS MICHAEL DOUGLAS
WITH THE 37TH LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
JACK NICHOLSON, CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AND TOBEY MAGUIRE ARE AMONG THOSE SALUTING DOUGLAS
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LOS ANGELES, JULY 15, 2009—Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Martin Sheen, Oliver Stone, Benicio Del Toro and Kathleen Turner are among those honoring Michael Douglas in “TV Land PRIME Presents the AFI Life Achievement Award” airing on July 19th at 9pm ET/PT on TV Land PRIME, TV Land’s prime time programming block.
After introductions by Sony President and CEO Sir Howard Stringer and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, the show opens with a surprise ”made-for-the movies” moment as a stunt double fell through a fake ceiling (re-enacting Douglas’s climactic dinner entrance in his film, “The Game”). The show pulls out all the stops in celebrating both Douglas impressive career as an Academy Award-winning ® actor and producer, and the art of film itself.
Show highlights include moving appearances by the honoree’s father, film legend and 1991 AFI honoree Kirk Douglas, and Steve Swankay, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone whose education Douglas has sponsored, as well as a show-stopping performance of “One” from the musical “A Chorus Line” (the film version which starred Douglas), featuring Douglas’s wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones and a surprise musical performance by music icon Bob Dylan. Several of Douglas’s notable co-stars and friends also pay tribute.
Jack Nicholson, 1994 AFI Life Achievement recipient and star of the Douglas produced 1975 Oscar®-winning film “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” had the honor of presenting the award to Douglas saying, “I’ve had so many of my high moments and so many of my fine moments with you.”
Upon receiving the award, Douglas thanks the NBA for making sure the Lakers had an away game so Nicholson could attend. Douglas continues, saying that in his travels around the world he is frequently struck by the fact that American films export the nation’s culture in a way that reflects incredibly well on the country and its values.
Among those Douglas thanks are both of his parents for his “acting DNA,” noting that both continue to act. Douglas also pays tribute to former “The Streets of San Francisco” co-star and mentor, the late Karl Malden. Following up on Malden’s taped tribute in which Malden considered Douglas an adopted son, Douglas says, “I’ll be his adopted son anytime.”
Also among the guests present are Viacom’s Sumner Redstone, Anne Archer, Sean Astin, Genevieve Bujold, Christopher Lloyd, Eric McCormack, Jesse Metcalfe, Sharon Stone, Deborah Unger, Paul Verhoeven and members of the AFI Board of Trustees.
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The evening is presented by HP and Intel.
Additional sponsorship provided by Stella Artois.
The 37th AFI Life Achievement Award marks the first of a four-year deal between AFI and TV Land.