Wonder no more – here are douglas's best bits . . .
Wall Street (1987)
Douglas had not really proved himself as a heavyweight actor when he took on the part of Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone's thriller Wall Street. It remains his most famous role, and he's unforgettably odious as the spivy corporate raider whose avarice knows no bounds.
Falling Down (1993)
Joel Schumacher's controversial thriller was made in the wake of the LA riots and starred Douglas as William Foster, a divorced and recently unemployed father who loses his grip one sweltering afternoon and goes on a violent rampage. Douglas was excellent as the tragic antihero, and his father Kirk decided it was Michael's "best work to date".
Wonder Boys (2000)
Curtis Hanson's underrated comic drama starred Michael as Grady Tripp, a college professor and distinguished novelist who's experiencing a bad case of writer's block. He's also cheating on his wife, and when his volatile agent comes for a visit, all hell breaks loose. A very funny, and very accomplished performance.