Michael Douglas has had quite a life.
The actor/producer/son of Kirk Douglas has won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. He’s a political activist, and the husband of Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He spent some of his growing-up years in Westport. He did not go to Staples High School — his parents shipped him off to Choate — but he did join the Downshifters. That’s the hot rod club that flourished here in the 1950s and ’60s.
Michael Douglas is still making movies. And while promoting “Ant-Man” on Dan Patrick’s radio show this week, the talk turned to those long-ago days.
He had a 1947 Mercury with a Model A axle in the back, the actor said. The car was named the “Ruptured Duck.”
He said he pretended to be a tough guy. “Tough being a tough guy in Westport,” Patrick noted.
And that was that. Host and guest moved on to other things.
But it’s nice to know that in some ways, Michael Douglas has never moved far from the Downshifters.
(Hat tips: Jim Harman and Carl Swanson)