Alan Alda is set to be recognized for the excellent actor that he is.
The West Wing star, who was born as Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo, has been acting since 1958 and has starred in no less than 66 productions.
He has also acted as director on several projects, including 32 episodes of M*A*S*H on which he also starred for 11 years.
The 82-year-old will now be honored by the Screen Actors Guild Award, by receiving the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
The honor is the highest bestowed by the Guild, and is given to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”
Alan will be the 55th recipient of the award which is voted for by members of the SAG-AFTRA National Honors and Tributes Committee.
SAG-AFTRA President, Gabrielle Carteris, described him as 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.”
Alan will receive his SAG on the 27th of January.