Santa Barbara fest to honor Ed Harris

Actor will receive third annual Kirk Douglas Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is bestowing its third annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film on actor-director Ed Harris.

Douglas himself will present the honor to Harris at the fest's annual black-tie gala dinner, which will be held at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Oct. 2.

"Ed Harris is an actor's actor," said Roger Durling, SBIFF exec director. "His already legendary performances are passionate, thoughtful and so committed -- qualities that he shares with Kirk Douglas."

Harris, a four-time Academy Award nominee, has appeared in such films as "The Hours," "Apollo 13," "A History of Violence," "The Right Stuff," "Places in the Heart," "The Truman Show," "The Rock," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Pollock," the film that also served as his directorial debut.

His newest film, "Appaloosa," a Western which he directed, co-wrote, produced and stars in, will be released by Warner Bros. Sept. 19.

The next edition of the Santa Barbara fest will run Jan. 22-Feb. 1.