Michael Douglas entertains at benefit for Mid-South hospital

By Joe Birch - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - Movie star Michael Douglas visited Memphis for the first time Friday as part of an effort to help Methodist Healthcare in its fight against cancer.

"I cannot tell you how much I like Memphis," he said.

Recently recovered from stage 4 tongue cancer, the actor shared his story during a sold out luncheon at the Peabody. Douglas captivated 1,200 people with reflections on his recovery, and entertained with stories from his amazing movie career, including his Academy Award winning role of Gordon Gecko in "Wall Street."

"Thank goodness, finally, with Occupy Wall Street, that Gordon Gecko is finally a villain," he said. "For so long after those pictures, people idolized Gordon Gecko. Yet he was a bad, bad guy."

An anti-nuclear weapons activist, Douglas spent time this week in Washington lobbying Congress to not cut the State Department's budget as much as proposed:

"Diplomacy stops wars," he said. "If you're talking to each other, a lot of times, diplomacy stops a war from going on."

On a lighter note, Douglas said, his 11-year-old son is a huge Elvis fan. The actor promised to return to town with his famous wife Catherine Zeta Jones for a trip to Graceland.

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