Actor to receive lifetime achievement nod

James Earl Jones has been tapped to receive this year’s life achievement kudo from the Screen Actors Guild.

Jones has long been a staple of the stage and screen, making his Broadway bow in 1957 in “The Egghead” as an understudy. In 1969, the thesp won his first Tony for his role as Jack Johnson in “The Great White Hope.” In 1970, he nabbed Oscar and Golden Globe noms for “The Boxer,” the screen adaptation of the Rialto production.

“James Earl Jones’ distinguished career on stage, in film, on television, in commercials and as a vocal presence without peer commands our admiration and respect. His long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale deserves our appreciation,” said SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg.

The kudo will be presented Jan. 25 at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast on TNT and TBS.

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