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Douglas to be honoured with dad's award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Sep 07, 2011 | 1:15pm EDT

The Wall Street star will be honoured with the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala dinner on 13 October (11).

Announcing the award he'll hand to his son, Kirk Douglas says, "The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC (University Of California) Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honoured here.

"To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn't. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organisations. I am very happy to give this award to my favourite actor/producer who also happens to be my first-born son."

Previous recipients of the award include John Travolta, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino and Harrison Ford.

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