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Photo(l.r): Dean Blumenthal, Michael Douglas, Morton Coleman & Benjamin Brafman

The Israel Cancer Research Fund Honors Legendary American Actor " Michael Douglas " with  2017 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award !

NEW YORK(SMI-WIRE,11.28.17)The Israel Cancer Research Fund, the largest US non-profit organization that solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel, held it's annual " Tower Of Hope Gala ", honoring legendary American actor & producer, Michael Douglas, Dean Blumenthal & Morton Coleman, M.D., during Tuesday'e evening at the Iconic Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC.

Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) is a nationwide charitable organization that receives its total income from private donations. ICRF was founded in 1975 by a group of American and Canadian researchers, oncologists, and lay people determined to harness Israel's educational and scientific resources in the fight against cancer. Its initial purpose was to stem the "brain drain" of Israeli researchers by providing funds for postdoctoral fellowships for young Ph.D.'s. ICRF is the only U.S.-based charity solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel.Since its inception, ICRF has provided more than $64 million to support innovative studies by Israeli scientists.

The ICRF event gala was hosted by renowned American Attorney Benjamin Brafman

and Co-Chairs Robert M. Greene and Cynthia Perl.

2017 ICRF Honorees :

Dean Blumenthal was awarded with Lifetime in Business Award

Morton Coleman M.D. was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Medicine Award

Michael Douglas Recipient of the 2017 ICRF Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award:








Michael Douglas is an actor /producer with over fifty years of experience in theatre, film and television.He has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns.

Douglas's career includes a diverse range of films in independent and bockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades, both competitive and honorary. These awards include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" and the AFI Life Achievement Award, which "honor an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture".

The elder son of Kick Douglas and Diana Dill, Douglas received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His early acting roles included film, stage, and television productions. Douglas first achieved prominence for his performance in the ABC police procedural television series The Street of San Francisco, for which he received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. In 1975, Douglas produced One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, having acquired the rights to the Ken Kesey novel from his father. The film received critical and popular acclaim, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, earning Douglas his first Oscar as one of the film's producers. After leaving The Streets of San Francisco in 1976, Douglas went on to produce films including The China Syndrome (1979) and Romancing the Stone (1984). He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for Romancing the Stone, in which he also starred, thus reintroducing himself to audiences as a capable leading man.

After reprising his Romancing the Stone role as Jack Colton in the 1985 sequel The Jewel of the Nile, which he also produced, and along with appearing in the musical A Chorus Line(1985) and the psychological thriller Fatal Attraction (1987), Douglas received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of amoral corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the Oliver Stone -directed drama " Wall Street ", for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He reprised the role in the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010). Douglas's subsequent film roles included: Black Rain (1989); The War of the Roses (1989); Basic Instinct (1992); The American President (1995); The Game (1997); Traffic and Wonder Boys (both 2000); Solitary Man(2009); and Ant-Man (2015). In 2013, Douglas's performance as Liberace in the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, received universal critical acclaim, and the actor won numerous accolades for his role, including Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen actors Guild Awards.

Additional accolades includes; in 1998 Douglas was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan. His main concentrations are nuclear non-proliferation and the control of small arms.Michael Douglas is the recipient of the 2009 AFI Achievement as well as the Producers Guild Award that same year.In the spring of 2010, he received the New York Film Society's Charlie Chaplin Award.In 2011 he was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France by Frederic Mitterand and two two years ago was awarded

a second French Cesar for Career Achievement, making him the only American to be given this honor twice.Douglas has hosted 11 years of Michael Douglas and Friends celebrity golf event which has raised over $6 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Michael Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones and they two have children.He has

another son from a former marriage.

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