The Screen Actors Guild has tapped former prexy Ed Asner as the 38th recipient of its Life Achievement Award.
He will receive the kudo at the 8th Annual SAG Awards on March 10.
Asner served as SAG president for two terms from 1981 to 1985 and was tapped last year as winner of SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award for distinguished service to the Hollywood membership. He became closely identified with the Guild in 1980 when he often served as a SAG spokesman during the three-month film-TV strike and often speaks publicly on labor issues.
“Edward Asner’s prolific and much-honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama,” SAG prexy Bill Daniels said. “His passion for social and political causes has been consistently underscored by deeds as well as words. His service and commitment to the rights of the working performer is unparalleled.”
Asner portrayed journalist Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-77) and “Lou Grant” (1977-82), winning five Emmys and three Golden Globes. He also received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976) and “Roots” (1977).
Other TV credits include “The Bronx Zoo,” “Hearts Afire” and “Thunder Alley.” Feature credits include “They Call Me Mr. Tibbs,” “JFK” and “The Bachelor.”
Asner also supports numerous political and charitable causes including Defenders of Wildlife, Peace Now, the ACLU, Democratic Socialists of America and Amnesty International, among others.
He won the Anne Frank Human Rights Award in 1986, the Eugene V. Debs Award in 1987, the Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award in 1990, the ACLU’s Worker’s Right’s Committee Golden Lunchbox Award in 1991, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal in 1992 and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.