Stars come out to fete Michael Douglas

DeVito, Zeta-Jones honor actor at Lincoln Center gala

NEW YORK -- Just think how proud Kirk Douglas would be had his son Michael been a lawyer or a doctor.

Adding to a list of kudos that includes Oscars, Golden Globes and an AFI Life Achievement Award, Michael Douglas on Monday night received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2010 Chaplin Award at a gala tribute.

During the 37th annual event at Alice Tully Hall, Danny DeVito performed an impromptu song and dance rendition of "Give My Regards to Broadway" and Jimmy Buffett serenaded the guest of honor with "Margaritaville."

DeVito also garnered much laughter with a lengthy anecdote about suffering from Montezuma's Revenge and Douglas getting bitten by a snake while they were filming 1985's "The Jewel of the Nile."

The evening's emotional high points arrived courtesy of wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, who teared up while describing her husband's love of his children, and 93-year-old father and screen legend Kirk Douglas, who only half-jokingly admitted that he would have preferred that Michael had become a lawyer or doctor.

"It's such a treat to have my father present me this award, particularly since it's the one award he hasn't won," Douglas said. Later, he added, "There's only one reason I'm here tonight -- good genes."

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Among the evening's speakers were Brian Williams, who joked, "Oscars, Schmoscars, he (Douglas) is the announcer of 'NBC Nightly News!' "; directors Curtis Hanson and Milos Forman; and actors Tobey Maguire, Erika Christensen and Frank Langella.

Barbara Walters, still recovering from heart surgery, sent a video of amusing excerpts from her interviews with Douglas over the years. Extensive clips from his movies were shown, with the crowd-pleasing highlight coming courtesy of a montage of steamy sex scenes from such films as "Basic Instinct," "Fatal Attraction" and "Disclosure."