LOS ANGELES (AP) _ You can now call Kirk Douglas ``Spartacus the Scholar.''

The 85-year-old actor received top honors Friday from the University of California, Los Angeles, during the school's graduation ceremony for theater, film and television students.

The UCLA Medal, presented to people for cultural, political and humanitarian achievements, is the highest honor the school can award. Previous recipients include former Presidents Carter and Clinton, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and actors Laurence Olivier and Carol Burnett.

Douglas, best known for the films ``Paths of Glory'' and ``Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,'' also helped break the notorious Hollywood blacklist during the 1950s by giving accused Communist-sympathizer Dalton Trumbo credit for the screenplay of ``Spartacus.''