“[Eyewear] Is Good” – Michael Douglas

This is a still taken from the movie "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" featuring Michael Douglas in sunglasses

A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies.” (Michael Douglas1990’s)

Michael Kirk Douglas (born September 25, 1944) is true Hollywood royalty. He has won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards; as producer of 1975’s Best Picture, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in “Wall Street”. He is the eldest son of Kirk Douglas. He has also always had some serious eyewear style!

Douglas rose to fame after he produced and starred in the 1984 romantic adventure comedy “Romancing the Stone”. Interestingly, it also facilitated giving a start to Kathleen Turner as an A-lister, while also reintroducing Douglas as a formidable leading man. As well, it gave Robert Zemeckis the first box-office success he ever had. Yet, even more interesting is the fact that the film also starred Danny DeVito, who has been a lifelong friend of Douglas’ ever since they shared an apartment together during the 1960s. “Romancing the Stone” was followed up a year later with the sequel, “The Jewel of the Nile”, and Douglas produced this film, too.

In 1987, Douglas what would be his most noteworthy role, serving as tycoon Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street”, receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor. He later reprised this  role as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010, directed again by Stone. As any person born from the mid-1970s to 1980s can tell you, “Wall Street” pronouncedly widely influenced a generation of finance and business professionals, even serving as fodder for an important scene from the 90s business film cult classic, “Boiler Room”.
A scene from the movie "Wall Street" where Michael Douglas is wearing hip 1980s aviator sunglasses

Douglas once again worked with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito on the 1989 feature, “The War of the Roses”. This was followed by yet another successful venture In 1989, taking the lead in Ridley Scott’s international police crime drama “Black Rain”, along with Andy Garcia and Kate Capshaw, all shot in Osaka, Japan. This was followed up by even more success with 1992’s “Basic Instinct”, also featuring Sharon Stone. It quite plainly was hit at the theatres and even sparked controversy over its selacious depictions of bisexuality and lesbianism. Another triumph came in 1994, when Douglas and Demi Moore headlined “Disclosure”, dealing with sexual harassment; Douglas’ character was a man harassed by his new female boss. Other popular films he starred during this 1990s period included:
Michael Douglas wearing broken eyeglasses in "Falling Down" (1993)
• Falling Down
• The American President
• The Ghost and the Darkness
• The Game
• A Perfect Murder (a remake of the Hitchcock classic, “Dial M for Murder”)

In 2000, among his many crowning achievements, Douglas acted in a critical role in Steven Soderbergh’s widely acclaimed “Traffic” opposite Benicio del Toro and future wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. That same year, he also received critical acclaim for his role in Wonder Boys as a professor and novelist suffering from writer’s block.

Today, Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, are well-known for their charity and philanthropic work, hosting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2003, narrating films on Sierra Leone’s child soldier problem, and even lending his celebrity derived from the “Gordon Gekko” character to the FBI’s pursuit of financial criminals earlier this year. He is also reputed to have near 20/20 vision, but certainly knows how to don the right eyewear, be it for a specific Hollywood role or for stylishly protecting his eyes from the sun …

Michael Douglas in "The Sentinel" (2006) as a Secret Service agent with dark sunglasses