Michael Douglas' teenage son is keen to follow in his famous parents' footsteps and pursue a career in acting.

Dylan Douglas has been trying to convince his Oscar-winning father to help him break into the family business.

He tells U.S. Tv host Jay Leno, "Dylan doesn't see any reason to do anything else because he wants to act. He doesn't want to go to school or anything, he wants to be an actor.

"But he was at me the other day, he said, 'Look Dad, I've been president of my sixth grade, my seventh grade, I'm in eighth grade now and I'm president of the school'. I said, 'Dylan, I know, I'm so proud of you'. He said, 'Dad, I've been on the honour roll for two years straight... You've seen me in Oliver when I played the Artful Dodger'. I said, 'I couldn't see anyone else, Dylan, you were great'. So he says to me, 'Dad, how about throwing me a bone?' So I said, 'Sure, Ok, we'll work on it'. So he's negotiating with me.

Despite his son's enthusiasm, the Wall Street star does have some reservations about the 13 year old going into acting too early.

He continues, "I think it's great, I never wanted to do it (push him into acting), he's just starting early, but I'm a little worried about this no need for school thing."

The movie star's incarcerated grown-up son Cameron also embarked on an acting career - like his father and grandfather Kirk Douglas - before he was jailed for drug offences.