Movie veteran Kirk Douglas is set for yet another honour - because he insisted the name of a blacklisted Hollywood writer was featured in the credits of his hit film SPARTACUS.

The actor fought for screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's credit on the 1960 film at a time when suspected communist writers were being driven out of Tinseltown.

His efforts earned him a reputation as a troublemaker for the studios and a hero for the artists, and now Douglas will receive the prestigious FREEDOM OF EXPRESS MEDAL from The Institute of Modern Letters (IML) in Los Angeles on 8 November (04).

Producer Edward Lewis will also be honoured at the ceremony.

Douglas was recently honoured in his adopted Palm Springs, California, when a street was named after him and a theatre was renamed in his honour in Culver City, Los Angeles.

27/10/2004 09:19