Actor to receive lifetime achievement award

The Screen Actors Guild has tapped Charles Durning as recipient of its lifetime achievement award.

Kudo will be presented at the 14th annual SAG Awards on Jan. 27.

“Charles Durning is the perfect choice for the Life Achievement Award, as Screen Actors Guild celebrates its 75th anniversary,” said SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg. “Throughout his career, he has epitomized the art and grace of acting and brought something special to every role. He is above all things a great actor with the talent to which we all aspire: the power to create indelible characters.”

Durning debuted in 1965 in “Harvey Middleman, Fireman” in the first of more than 100 film roles. He received Oscar noms for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “To Be or Not to Be,” along with four Golden Globe noms.

Durning received Emmy nominations for “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom,” “Captains and the Kings,” “Attica,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Evening Shade,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.”

For his work on Broadway, Durning has been honored with Tony and Drama Desk awards for the role of Big Daddy in the 1990 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”; the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for the 1997 revival of “The Gin Game”; and a 1972 Drama Desk Award for “That Championship Season.”

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