Past recipients of the award include George Burns, Lew Wasserman, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Julie Andrews, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Zemeckis and, last year, Carol Burnett.
In addition to three Oscar nominations and a lifetime achievement Oscar from the film Academy in 1996, Douglas has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Film Institute, the Screen Actors Guild and the National Association of Theater Owners, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of the Arts and a Kennedy Center Award
“No other actor personifies the term ‘iconic movie star’ more than Kirk Douglas,” said Publicists Guild awards committee chairman Henri Bollinger. “His acting talent is the underlining basis for his extraordinary success, but it is also due to his uncanny understanding and appreciation for the role that publicity and promotion play in the ultimate success of movies that made him a box office sensation.”
The Publicists Guild event will be held at the Beverly Hilton.