Alan Alda will be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at the upcoming 55th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The SAG Life Achievement Award is considered the highest achievement from the guild that represents actors for film and television.
Alan Alda has worked in film and television for decades. One of his most beloved roles was as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on the dramedy series, “M*A*S*H.” The medical series about battlefield doctors during the three-year Korean War lasted eleven seasons. Alda had the honor of writing and directing the final episode, “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen,” which is still one of the most-watched single episodes of television in history.
Alda went on to work in film and other series, joining the cast of “ER” for a time, and later “The West Wing.” He also appeared on “30 Rock,” “The Big C,” and “The Blacklist.”
Some of his film credits include “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” “The Four Seasons,” “Wanderlust,” and “Canadian Bacon.”
Alda is also well known for his activism, championing causes from environmental protection to inclusion in media.
In making the announcement about this honor, SAG President Gabrielle Carteris said:
“It is an honor and privilege to announce that our SAG Life Achievement Award will be presented to the fabulous Alan Alda. He is an artist whose body of work is a testament to the craft and the magic of our business. His ability to make us laugh, to think and to feel is extraordinary. From theater to television, movies, and new media Alan’s dedication and talent are exceeded only by his contributions to a just and caring society.”
The 55th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The ceremony will be simulcast on TNT and TBS at 8pm ET.