Michael Douglas
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Although Michael and his children share strong bonds, Michael's relationship with his own father, Kirk, has had its ups and downs. "He was working his butt off in those days [when I was a child], doing five movies a year," Michael says. "He always tried to see us on the holidays, but there was tension. He felt guilty, and he was working and trying to spend time with us. ... But the truth of the matter is, we always got along."

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It was a helicopter accident, Michael says, that dramatically changed Kirk's outlook on life in 1991.

"Taking off, they hit an airplane. A student pilot and his instructor were killed instantly, and the helicopter fell 40 feet down," Michael says. "It didn't catch on fire and he lived. He's always sort of wondered, 'How did I survive?' He really dramatically changed his life then. He began studying with a rabbi and studying on the Old Testament. He's become a much more spiritual man."
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Published on April 26, 2011
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