Hollywood "legend" Michael Douglas is to receive a star on the Walk of Fame after almost 50 years in the business.

The Oscar-winning actor, best known for his roles in Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Falling Down and Romancing The Stone, is being honoured in the Motion Pictures category.

His star will be placed just a few feet away from that of his father, 101-year-old Kirk Douglas, the veteran actor behind Paths Of Glory, Lust for Life and Spartacus.

Image: Douglas presented an award at the Emmys earlier this year
Eric McCormack (L) and Michael Douglas attend Eric McCormack being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 13, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Image: Douglas at a Walk of Fame ceremony for actor Eric McCormack in September

Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame, said: "Michael Douglas is what legends are made of. He joins his legendary actor/father Kirk Douglas whose star and Michael's will forever shine just a few feet from one another.

"We have been patiently waiting for Michael Douglas to unveil his stellar award since he was selected in 2003 and are so excited to finally honour this Hollywood royal with a star on our historic Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Douglas first found fame in the 1970s while starring in police procedural US TV show The Streets Of San Francisco.

He won his first Oscar for producing, rather than acting, for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, which was released in 1975.

He went on to become one of the most successful actors of his era, winning his second Oscar for his portrayal of amoral banker Gordon Gekko in 1987's Wall Street.

Kirk Douglas in the 1957 film Gunfight At The OK Corral
Image: Kirk Douglas (seen in the 1957 film Gunfight At The OK Corral) also has a Hollywood star

Douglas married Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2000 and they have two children, Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, and beat the disease after being treated with radiation and chemotherapy.

His more recent films include Ant-Man, Behind The Candelabra and a reprisal of his role as Gekko in 2010's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Douglas's Hollywood star will be unveiled with the help of actress and activist Jane Fonda, who starred alongside him in 1979's The China Syndrome, as well as NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer.

The star, which will be number 2,648 on the Walk of Fame, will be unveiled on 6 November.

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