Alan Alda is being recognized for his long career in film and television.
According to The Associated Press, the Screen Actors Guild has announced that Alda will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award at their upcoming awards gala.
Tom Hanks will be the actor to present Alda with the award at the ceremony at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27 on Global.
The 82-year-old actor’s career has spanned seven decades, acting on stage and on Broadway in his early years, eventually landing roles in film and television.
Alda gained his greatest fame for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running sitcom “M*A*S*H*” in the ’70s and ’80s.
He went on to appear in a number of TV series and films, including “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, “The West Wing” and “Bridge of Spies”.
Alda has won numerous Emmys and Golden Globes, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in “The Aviator”.
“I’m so thrilled that Tom agreed to that. I had no idea they were even asking him. And it’s so generous of him,” Alda told AP of the SAG Award honour.
Speaking of Hanks, with whom the 2019 lifetime achievement award recipient worked on “Bridge of Spies”, Alda added that the two “have run into each other casually over the years at awards ceremonies and on airplanes and things like that. So, I remember him when he was just a kid.”
Widely known for being a “nice guy” Alda explained, “It’s a counterbalance, I guess, to the rowdy reputation that a lot of actors have had over the last couple of hundred years, including the guy who shot Lincoln. So it’s good to balance the reputations of the acting profession.”
Last year, Alda revealed that several years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.