Actor, writer, director, and producer Alan Alda has been named the 55th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Alda will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS January 27, 2019, at 8 PM ET.
Best-known for his 11-year run as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, Alda was Tony-nominated for co-starring opposite the late Barbara Harris in the 1967 Bock and Harnick musical The Apple Tree, and received nominations for his appearances in Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women, and the 2005 revival of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.
“It is an honor and privilege to announce that our SAG Life Achievement Award will be presented to the fabulous Alan Alda,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “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 theatre to television, movies, and new media Alan’s dedication and talent are exceeded only by his contributions to a just and caring society.”
His career has also earned him induction into the Television Hall of Fame, an Oscar nomination, six Emmys (plus an International Emmy Special Founder's Award and 29 additional Emmy nominations), four SAG Award nominations, six Golden Globes, four DGA Awards (including the D. W. Griffith Award), the WGA’s Valentine Davis Award, and more.
Alda made his film debut in 1963’s Gone Are the Days!, followed by roles in Neil Simon’s California Suite (1978) and Same Time, Next Year (1978), as well as Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), and his Oscar-nominated performance in 2004’s The Aviator.
An advocate for science and learning, Alda also hosted the PBS programs Scientific American Frontiers and Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers. He is a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.