This morning SAG-AFTRA announced that the SAG Life Achievement Award, the union's highest accolade, which honors career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, will be given to none other than perennial entertainer Dick Van Dyke.
Van Dyke is best known for his roles in 'Bye Bye Birdie', 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'Mary Poppins.' Now 86, he's garnered five Emmys®, a Tony® Award and a Grammy® in his nearly 60-year career.
Off-set, he has tirelessly volunteered his time to The Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles homeless shelter, as well as to raising funds for music and art programs in public schools. In 1967, he became a spokesperson for the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation after losing a granddaughter to the disease. More recently, in 2010, he was named the first spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation.
Those of you who are fans of the SAG Awards will know that Mr. Van Dyke is no stranger to the show. He presented the 43rd SAG Life Achievement Award to his 'Mary Poppins' costar Julie Andrews in 2007 at the 13th SAG Awards, where he met his current bride Arlene Silver. This past year, he was called on again—this time by Mary Tyler Moore—to present his on-screen 'wife' with the 48th SAG Life Achievement Award at the 18th SAG Awards."
|Van Dyke presenting Julie Andrews with the |
SAG Life Achievement Award at the 13th SAG Awards.
|With Mary Tyler Moore at the 18th SAG Awards.|
See the full press release here.