Dick Van Dyke, 86, will be honored with the SAG 49th Life Achievement Award during the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 (8 p.m. ET), according to a Jan. 15 press release from the Screen Actors Guild. The awards presentation will be televised on TBS and TNT simultaneously.
The award to Van Dyke will be presented by veteran writer, director, producer and actor Carl Reiner, along with seven-time SAG Award® winner and 18-time nominee Alec Baldwin. The announcement was made by executive producer and director Jeff Margolis.
SAG-AFTRA is honoring Van Dyke for his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Last year, Dick Van Dyke presented the award to Mary Tyler Moore, who portrayed his wife, Laura Petrie, on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland, Betty White's "Off Their Rocker"), James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.
In 1961, Reiner and Van Dyke collaborated together on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Reiner created the show, based on his experiences as a comedy writer. Reiner played the toupee-wearing producer Alan Brady. The comedy about writer Rob Petrie was about the his life at home and the office. The series earned four Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy® Awards during the show’s five-year run, seven Emmys and a nomination for Reiner, three Emmys for Van Dyke and two Emmys and a nomination for co-star Mary Tyler Moore.
Baldwin is the recipient of seven Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year, he is a two-time nominee for his role as Jack Donaghy on the hit series “30 Rock,” which is ending after the current season.
Van Dyke won a Tony Award for the Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie."
His film career included the film version of "Bye Bye Birdie,“What a Way to Go” and Disney’s 1964 musical classic “Mary Poppins,” which won five Academy Awards®, including one for star Julie Andrews (recipient of the 2006 Life Achievement Award).. A run of films followed including “Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN,” “Divorce American Style,” “Fitzwilly,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Comic” (directed by Carl Reiner),"The Runner," "Dick Tracy" and the Ben Stiller comedy "Night at the Museum." among others. His more recent films include He returned to movies again in 1979’s “The Runner Stumbles,” 1990’s “Dick Tracy” and more recently, the Ben Stiller comedy “Night at the Museum” (2006).
Van Dyke is being honored for his career in entertainment and his humanitarian efforts. He has been committed to volunteering at the century-old shelter, The Midnight Mission, for nearly 20 years. He has helped to raise millions for their new building program and visits during holidays and times in-between. He raises funds for music and art programs for public schools.He became a spokesperson for the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation in 1967 after losing a granddaughter to that disease. In 2010, he was named the first spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation.
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