The 92 year old and his wife, Anne, joined hundreds of other volunteers at the Los Angeles Mission to dish out turkey meals to the needy, a day before the official American holiday.
Other celebrities who took part in the event include High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and Star Trek's Zoe Saldana.
Douglas and his wife, who founded the mission's Anne Douglas Center, which helps train homeless women to get them back into employment, said in a statement, "My wife has been trying to help the women that have been forced onto the streets, and she is determined to give them a better life through the Anne Douglas Center where they have programs that improve and rebuild their lives. We gladly come to serve men and women at Thanksgiving time to give them a good meal and strengthen their desire for a brighter future."
The veteran actor was handed the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
Douglas was touched to receive the honour from Schwarzenegger, as he has fond memories of working with the star on 1979 movie The Villain.
In a post on his personal MySpace page, Douglas writes, "Sometimes I think that if you live long enough you get all the awards. But last night was something special. I received the BAFTA/LA award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. What was special about it was that Governor Schwarzenegger drove down from Sacramento to present it to me. That was very thoughtful.
"I worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first movie, The Villain. At that time, neither of us could imagine that he would become such an important movie star and then governor of California. He was a great guy back then, and he has never changed."
Firth claimed the night's Humanitarian Award, Blunt was named British Artist of the Year and Douglas took home the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.
De Niro picked up the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.
Filmmaker Danny Boyle was honoured with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence.
The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, was hosted by comedian and author Stephen Fry.
Quentin Tarantino is a huge Jane Campion fan -- who’da thunk it?!
News broke a few weeks ago that Tarantino was, in fact, so taken with Campion’s new film, Bright Star, that he personally let her know how he felt -- by sending the Piano director a (very sloppy!) handwritten note. That note hadn't yet been seen until now. Totalfilm has the note, which you can read here.
In the very complimentary note, the Inglourious Basterds filmmaker notes that he doesn’t “like period pieces like that” but he “loved this!!!” before citing several specific elements he enjoyed about Star.
Bright Star, out now, centers on the tragic 19th-century romance between renowned English poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish).
Screen idol Lauren Bacall is among the recipients set to receive an honorary Oscar for their achievements in the movie industry.
Meanwhile, producer/director Roger Corman and cinematographer Gordon Willis will also pick up the famed golden statues.
Tarantino, Douglas and Huston will be on hand to present the awards at the inaugural Governors Awards gala event on 17 November (09).
Tarantino picked up an Oscar in 1995 for his Pulp Fiction screenplay, Huston won Best Supporting Actress for 1985's Prizzi's Honour and in 1996, Douglas was handed an honorary prize by the Academy.
The Wall Street star turns 65, while his wife will reach the landmark age of 40 later this week.
But instead of throwing a lavish showbiz bash, the pair is determined to keep it a family affair, and will toast the birthdays with a meal in New York - with just their family and close friends in attendance.
A source tells U.K. newspaper the Daily Record, "Catherine doesn't want to have a big bash, she'd rather just have an intimate gathering with her closest friends and family.
"The last thing on her mind is having a party that the good and great will come to. Catherine loves nothing more than to spend time with her family. She's not big into showbiz bashes, so it will be a quiet affair."
Kirk Douglas, 93, and Catherine's parents Dai and Pat will help the happy couple celebrate the big day with the meal in Manhattan.
The Hollywood veteran was assigned to a warship in the Pacific, with strict instructions to track down and explode subs lurking in the deep.
The ruthless nature of the mission set Douglas thinking about the true horrors of war - and the symbolic killing of a bird during a training exercise made it even more harrowing.
He writes on his official blog, "I enlisted in the Navy during World War II. In the Pacific, our assignment was looking for Japanese submarines. It bothered me to imagine young Japanese sailors deep in the ocean crowded on a submarine. They were looking to kill us, we were looking to kill them.
"I wondered if they felt any of the reluctance that I felt. My consolation was that I was better off than an army soldier having personal contact with the enemy. But it's a strange experience from the war that still haunts me.
"It was a sunny day in calm Pacific waters. Everything was quiet except for the constant ping, ping, ping of our underwater radar device searching for submarines. If an echo came back, bouncing off of a submarine, we would try to lower explosives and destroy the submarine and all the young Japanese sailors. That was not a pleasant thought for me.
"Our young captain decided to relieve the boredom of the day with gunnery practice. The command came to man the machine guns - the targets were the graceful swooping gulls circling our vessel. The shooting began and the graceful gulls alluded the bullets flying at them. But, suddenly, one gull, wings outstretched, was hit. All I saw were two lifeless wings slowly falling down into the sea. That terrible vision has never left me."
Douglas has agreed to present the honour to the Inglourious Basterds director at a gala dinner on 22 October (09).
Festival executive director Roger Durling says, "We are beyond excited to be able to honour a man who has turned filmmaking on its ear. He has forever changed the direction of American cinema."
The 25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run from 4-14 February, 2010.
Producer Rob Tapert reveals some of the more modest and less-endowed cast members of Spartacus: Blood & Sand asked to wear a prosthetic for the many full-frontal nude scenes in the TV mini-series - and the fake manhood was christened after the star of Stanley Kubrick's epic.
Tapert explains, "There is a great deal of nudity, both male and female, and some guys in the series are not as well-endowed as other guys, so we had to create the Kirk Douglas, as it was aptly named, so that certain actors would have a prosthetic that they could wear and feel comfortable.
"Someone lovingly called it the Kirk Douglas, and the name stuck.
Actress Lucy Lawless, who strips for the film, reveals, "That was Erin Cummings, who plays Spartacus' wife Sura. She thought she should have the right to name it (penis), so Kirk Douglas' agent, don't call us.
"That thing gets shared around. At the moment it's pinned to the wall next to all the merkins in the make-up truck.".
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have added to the star power of California celebrity town Montecito by buying a $3.5 million estate there.
The couple bought the three-acre property, with existing building plans for a lavish home, from Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl, according to Web site CelebrityBabylon.com.
The Cruises' new compound is just down the road from Oprah Winfrey's breathtaking $50 million home.
Cruise made headlines with Winfrey in 2005 when he jubilantly bounced on the talk-show queen's sofa after declaring his love for actress Holmes on her Oprah show.
Now he can pop around and hop on Winfrey's furniture any time he pleases.
Montecito has long been considered one of California's celebrity enclaves--Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kirk Douglas are among the stars who call the seaside town home.
According to CelebrityBabylon.com, the property the Cruises have bought isn't much to look at now, but planning permission granted to Lowe means the couple can build a dream home on the site with few restrictions.
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