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Elizabeth Leonard
June 22, 2014 08:15 AM

He had a meeting to get to and a new movie, And So It Goes, with his pal Diane Keaton (out July 18), to promote, but on a recent afternoon in L.A., an upbeat Michael Douglas had something else on his mind: throwing a 60th-anniversary party that night for his dad, Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, 97, and stepmom, Anne, 95.

The two-time Oscar winner, 69, was clearly focused on family, from his 13-year-old son Dylan’s bar mitzvah to strengthening his marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones, 44. (The couple, who decided to spend time apart a year ago, have stepped out hand in hand several times in recent months.)

He sat down with PEOPLE to talk about what he’s learned.

‘Be Honest with Your Kids’

There’s no way to articulate or define the joys of fatherhood. It’s just a gorgeous, wonderful feeling of unequivocal love. With children, there is no judgment, both in your love for them and their love for you.

For much more on Michael Douglas, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE Magazine

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