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Michael Douglas | Source: Getty Images
Michael Douglas | Source: Getty Images

'Oh My Gosh': Michael Douglas Looks Barely Recognizable Rocking Gray Shirt by the Sea, Shocking Fans

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Jul 05, 2024
09:00 A.M.

Michael Douglas recently appeared in a video he shared on social media, and many of his followers were taken aback by his appearance. Fans were particularly interested in his looks in his 70s.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July somewhere by the sea, iconic silver screen actor Michael Douglas, 79, took to Instagram to share a video of himself on Independence Day. While the post was about paying homage to the historical event, people were transfixed by the star's appearance.

User comment about Michael Douglas, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

User comment about Michael Douglas, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

Illuminated by the glowing sunset behind him, which also cast a light on the beautiful scenery — featuring bountiful green trees and a sparkling blue ocean — Michael began talking about the significance of the day. Opting for a laid-back vibe, he donned a gray shirt.

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

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"Good evening, everyone. I just want to get a little head start on 4th of July, our Independence Day! [...] I wish all of us a Happy 4th [...] Have a great, great holiday!" Michael expressed and penned in his caption alongside the video.

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While the focus of the white-haired star's video was centered on America's Independence Day, eagle-eyed observers couldn't help but divert their attention to something else — his physical features.

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

Many people were astonished by his wrinkly visage, with some finding it hard to believe that Michael is not older than 79. "How old is he 98 ? 😮," questioned an Instagrammer. Similarly, another wrote, "Oh my gosh! I know he's almost 80 but boy he has aged much more than other 80 yr olds."

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

Michael Douglas speaking about the Fourth of July, posted on July 4, 2024 | Source: Instagram/michaelkirkdouglas

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Echoing the shock, someone else added, "Good Lord! I didn't even recognize him!" while another Instagrammer marveled, "Wow sooo old [too] many wrinkles." Commenting on the cadence and speed at which Michael spoke, another person said, "Every sentence feels like a struggle. #gettingoldsux."

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However, amid comments about Michael's remarkedly aged appearance, some praised the "Basic Instinct" talent. "You look so handsome as always," complimented a fan. Another swooned, "Looking good looking good Michael, God bless you Man, carry on boy."

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Reiterating the aforementioned comment, another admirer chimed, "Looking good as always enjoy today Mr Douglas 🇺🇸 and your family blessings to you all." While most may be shocked by how much older the actor looks, the fact that the beloved entertainer has aged is not news to him.

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Michael has long been open to talking about him growing older. In 2018, while at the AFI Fest premiere for his then-new show on Netflix, "The Kominsky Method," he brought up his age concerning feeling grateful about his life.

Michael Douglas at the premiere gala screening for "The Kominsky Method" during the AFI Fest in Hollywood, California on November 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Douglas at the premiere gala screening for "The Kominsky Method" during the AFI Fest in Hollywood, California on November 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

"I'm old enough to appreciate that this is a good time in one's life, and not taking it for granted," Michael previously shared. Earlier that same year (2018), he attended the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour for "The Kominsky Method," of which he is also the executive producer.

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Speaking about the pros and cons of aging, Michael divulged, "I think I've enjoyed being more comfortable with myself and liking myself more - and not being quite as self-critical."

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However, he was also honest about the downsides of growing older. From his perspective, this includes a decrease in durability and agility. "I don't like the lack of stamina. The stamina you used to take for granted, and now you're hoping for more," he disclosed.

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Nevertheless, Michael Douglas remains immensely grateful, regardless of the undesired factors he may experience as a result of getting older. One such element that sits at the top of his list of things to be thankful for is his family.

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"I'm grateful for a good marriage, good kids, no problem, my health," he stated. The doting patriarch is a devoted husband to famous actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and a loving father to their children, Carys Zeta Douglas and Dylan Michael Douglas. While he and Catherine might be A-listers, they lead a normal life with their beloved family.

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One such "normal" activity that the patriarch of their family likes to engage in is cooking for his kids. When the couple's marriage hit rock bottom in 2013, he moved out of their New York penthouse overlooking Central Park. Still, the Emmy Award winner regularly made his way there to make breakfast for his brood.

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Michael went there every morning to whip up fluffy pancakes topped with maple syrup — which his children loved. A close family friend previously revealed that he even took a frying pan to work. Additionally, in the evenings, he would return home to watch television with his son and daughter before they went to sleep.

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Meanwhile, the family matriarch also dotes on their children. In addition to Carys and Dylan, Catherine is a loving stepparent to Michael's son, Cameron Douglas, and a doting step-grandmother to her stepson's daughter, Lua Douglas. She gushed over her in February 2020 on social media.

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The then-two-year-old posed wearing sunglasses and a bucket hat, and Catherine reportedly captioned the post, "My love. Lua Douglas. Rocking it!!!" Cameron welcomed his firstborn with his significant other, Viviane Thibes, in 2017.

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Following the birth of the first Douglas grandchild, Michael revealed he and his spouse were "so happy to be her Bubba and Zeze." Months later, the new dad posted a picture of his infant child with Catherine and wrote, "Zeze and Lua. Watch out for this duo! #Thoroughlyblessed #Loved and #Spoiled.”

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The actor has also previously spoken of his famous stepmother in affectionate terms. Initially, he was very frank about how things could have panned out differently between his father and Catherine because of her age.

He stated that in society, there are usually stories about young stepmoms who join an existing family only to sideline the kids from a previous union.

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However, that did not happen with the brunette beauty because he quickly warmed up to her the first time they met. During that time, he suggested they be friends and gave her a warm welcome to the Douglas family. Cameron assured his stepmother that she was one of them.

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Cameron Douglas at the Los Angeles Mission Legacy of Vision Gala in Los Angeles, California on November 9, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Cameron Douglas at the Los Angeles Mission Legacy of Vision Gala in Los Angeles, California on November 9, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Since that day, he revealed she has remained true to herself and has become the glue for their family. Catherine's love for her stepchild is mutual. When he released his book, "Long Way Home," in 2019, she celebrated him on social media, penning, "I am so proud of you Cam and I love you with all my heart."

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Moreover, in June 2020, Catherine shared what she and her family were up to amid the lockdown. At the time, she and Michael were isolated in Irvington, New York, with their then-teenage son and daughter. While cooped up, the mother of two reportedly divulged that they were "Playing cards, playing Monopoly, having three meals a day."

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She also mentioned, "We haven't killed each other. We've respected each other's space just to have the time to be together and to talk. It's been great." Catherine added that she enjoyed spending time with her loved ones in their 1930s Georgian-style home.

A birds-eye-view photo of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas' riverfront mansion, posted on June 18, 2024 | Source: Instagram/danielmilsteinphotography

A birds-eye-view photo of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas' riverfront mansion, posted on June 18, 2024 | Source: Instagram/danielmilsteinphotography

Besides that, Catherine also showed off her piano skills with her pet dog, Taylor. She joked on social media that her pup was her "biggest fan" when playing the musical instrument. The Academy Award winner's son Dylan has also shown an interest in playing the piano but failed to impress his younger sister Carys with his skills.

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Their mom shared a glimpse into their lives again in November 2021 when she posted a clip of them celebrating Thanksgiving while having dinner. "Happy Thanksgiving to all. So much to be thankful for," Catherine penned alongside the video upload. They feasted on her favorite stuffed pears prepared by Carys.

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Her husband also gave fans a glimpse of the festivities from their evening, which included a piano singalong with relatives. Michael captioned his post, "Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!"

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In their free time, Michael and Catherine like to go on walks. "We'll walk around a golf course together for four hours at a time," she disclosed.

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Apart from spending quality time with her husband, Catherine busies herself with hobbies like sewing. In April 2021, she posted a video of her and her mother sewing together.

"As you can see, my mom and I have been working like little beavers building a dam," the Tony Award winner said in the clip. She then showed her fans how she and her mother worked together using sewing machines to make cushions and curtains.

Catherine and Michael were on summer holiday at the time and were joined by her parents at his coastal estate in Mallorca, near Valldemossa.

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