Actor Michael Douglas Embraces Role as Advocate

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Actor Michael Douglas has worked for years advocating nuclear disarmament. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Actor Michael Douglas

Actor Michael Douglas has worked for years advocating nuclear disarmament.

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, pose with U.N. Messengers of Peace (from left) Michael Douglas, primatologist Jane Goodall, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein of Jordan and writer Elie Wiesel. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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United Nations Messengers of Peace pose for a photo.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, pose with U.N. Messengers of Peace (from left) Michael Douglas, primatologist Jane Goodall, Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein of Jordan and writer Elie Wiesel.

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Actor and producer Michael Douglas has used his celebrity status for years to call attention to nuclear disarmament and the global trade of small weapons. The two-time Academy Award winner visits Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to talk with lawmakers on behalf of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization that works to halt nuclear proliferation.

"The sight of the ruins left by the nuclear explosions in 1945 may seem a part of old history," Douglas said in an address to the United Nations. "Yet the fact is that the instruments of possible global annihilation ... many on high alert, remain a part of our contemporary history."

In 1998, Douglas was appointed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace — a title he shares with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, writer Elie Wiesel, primatologist Jane Goodall, and others. He serves on the board of directors for the Ploughshares Fund.

Douglas talks with host Neal Conan about how he has channeled his celebrity into advocacy work.

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