Michael Douglas became a father after welcoming his son, Cameron Douglas, with his first wife, Diandra Luker. Although Michael married Catherine Zeta Jones, he tried to help his son be an actor. Michael produced and starred in the film “It Runs in the Family,” featuring his dad Kirk Douglas and Cameron “as the stoner son who gets in trouble with the law,” as Vanity Fair recapped.
In real life, Cameron struggled with substance use and landed in prison for various drug charges, per The Mirror. In 2016, he was released, and according to Page Six, has “sought addiction treatment and stayed off drugs” ever since. Speaking to Diane Sawyer on “Nightline” about Cameron’s story, Michael said, “You take it personally in the beginning, you start blaming yourself.” In the same interview, Cameron said, “Going back to a life of drug addiction is repulsive to me.”
Michael later had two children with Catherine Zeta-Jones, a boy and a girl. Michael was only 73 years old when his youngest daughter, Caryszeta Douglas, graduated high school in 2021. Acknowledging the significant age gap, he told Kelly Clarkson that other parents mistook him for her grandfather at the graduation ceremony. “I’m not going to take it personal,” He added. “I think they’re just trying to be nice.”
There is help available for anyone suffering from addiction. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).