Related Information for Mike Douglas Mike Douglas, born Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr. (August 11, 1925 – August 11, 2006), was an American entertainer.Douglas was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began singing as a choirboy. By his teens he was working as a singer on a Lake Michigan dinner cruise ship. After serving briefly in the United States Navy near the end of World War II, and as a "staff singer" for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, he moved to Los Angeles.There he became a vocalist in the big band of Kay Kyser, with whom he.. read more