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Douglas admits he wasn’t the best dad

With Cameron Douglas facing 10 years of jail time at his April 27sentencing on a drug conviction, his father, Michael Douglas, is takingstock of his role in Cameron’s upbringing — and sees parallels to hisrelationship with his own father, Kirk

With Cameron Douglas facing 10 years of jail time at his April 27 sentencing on a drug conviction, his father, Michael Douglas, is taking stock of his role in Cameron’s upbringing — and sees parallels to his relationship with his own father, Kirk, people.com reports.

“My priorities were very similar (to my father’s). Career first,” Douglas tells Vanity Fair’s April issue in describing Cameron’s early years.

When Douglas and his first wife, Diandra Luker, split in the 1990s, it left Cameron with a largely absent celebrity father — much the same situation that Michael endured when his parents divorced in the 1950s.

“The history of second-generation actors isn’t great in our industry. It’s kind of a tragic road, actually,” says Douglas, who went to rehab for alcohol problems in the early 1990s. It’s a pattern that has continued with the third generation, as Cameron himself was once an aspiring actor.

Cameron, 31, pleaded guilty in January to distributing a large quantity of crystal meth. Michael, 65, has repeatedly put a brave face on how he’s been dealing with his son’s drug and legal problems.

“Anybody who has a relative or child in substance abuse has some idea of what this feels like. This is one of those worst-case scenarios,” says the actor who stars in the upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

 
 
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