Indiana University honors actor Kevin Kline

(Provided Photo/Brigitte LaCombe on IU's website)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Actor Kevin Kline told an Indiana University audience that his time on the Bloomington campus helped him learn to do more than just imitate what he thought acting looked like.

The Academy Award-winning actor returned to his alma mater on Monday to receive an honorary doctoral degree.

The Herald-Times reports the audience was told about how Kline arrived at IU planning to study music but then enrolled in an acting class and found a passion for acting. The 1970 IU graduate also performed at the Brown County Playhouse before going on to Juilliard in New York.

The IU Cinema has been showing a variety of Kline’s films this month, including “The Big Chill,” ”The Ice Storm,” and a screening of “A Fish Called Wanda” after Monday’s ceremony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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