Kirk Douglaswill receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Palm SpringsInternational Film Festival on Jan 8 2005.

"Mr Douglas'unparalleled body of work has entertained audiences throughout the ages, andthat will continue to stand the test of time on every level," festival chairmanEarl Greenburg said over the weekend at a street naming ceremony in honour ofthe star in Palm Springs.

Douglas earnedthree Academy Award nominations for Champion, The Bad And The Beautiful and Lust For Life in 1949, 1952 and 1956 respectively, andcollected an honourary Oscar in 1996 "for 50 years as a creative and moralforce in the motion picture community."

Among his otherclassic credits are Ace In The Hole (1951), Paths Of Glory (1957), Gunfight At The OK Corral (1957), Spartacus (1960) and Lonely Are The Brave (1962).

Douglas andproducing partner Edward Lewis are also in line to receive the Freedom ofExpression Medal from the Institute of Modern Letters and UCLA.

The honour ispresented to people who saved the lives and/or careers of persecuted writersand will be presented on Nov 8 followed by a screening of Spartacus.