Michael Douglas Confesses It Was ‘A Little Rough’ After Being Mistaken for Daughter’s Grandpa at Her Graduation

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Michael Douglas was in his mid-50s when he started a new family with his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Now, almost two decades later, he’s trying not to flinch when he gets confused for his daughter’s granddad.

That happened last month when Michael Douglas and family gathered for the high school graduation of his daughter, Carys. He talked about the experience this week on the Kelly Clarkson Show.

I gotta tell you Kelly,” Douglas said. “It’s a little rough when you’re going out the doors and the other parents are saying, ‘Oh congratulations…you must be so proud of your granddaughter.” 

Michael Douglas posted a photo of his family after the graduation on Instagram. He captioned it: “Congratulations to Carys and the entire class of 2021! Your Mom and I are so proud of you! We love you so much and we are so excited for your future as the best is yet to come! Dad”

Michael Douglas Is Hollywood Royalty. Carys’ Granddad is Kirk Douglas

Anyone who knows Hollywood realizes that Carys’ granddad was iconic star Kirk Douglas. And Michael Douglas should be quite recognizable, considering he’s won two Academy Awards and an Emmy. The Douglas name is kind of like Fonda, Dern, Howard or Bridges when it comes to Hollywood royalty.

Michael Douglas married Catherine Zeta-Jones in November of 2000. They both share the same birthday, but are 25 years apart. The two have two children. Carys is 18. Dylan is 20. Douglas also has a son, Cameron, from his first marriage. He’s 42.

Michael Douglas is promoting his Netflix show The Kominsky Method. It dropped late last month on the streaming service. Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, an aging actor turned coach. The show followed his life and friendship with his agent, Norman (Alan Arkin). The show is a critical success. And Kathleen Turner, who starred opposite Douglas in Romancing the Stone and War of the Roses back in the 1980s, joined the cast for the third and final season.

And back at home, Michael Douglas and his wife are getting used to being alone more, together, now that they are empty nesters.

“You forget how many conversations you sort of hide behind in terms of talking about your kids and what’s going on next and this and that,” Michael Douglas told the Today show. “And then one day you just look at each other,” he reasoned. “We’re 20 years now, so all those good years of paying attention to each other are paying off now.”