In Memoriam

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Fri, 08/08/2014 - 20:54

SAG-AFTRA joins the entertainment community in mourning the loss of actor, activist and friend, Danny Murphy.

Danny MurphyDanny played an instrumental role in the union as a member of the Performers With Disabilities (PWD) Committee as well as a founding member of the then-tri-union global campaign I AM PWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities).

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 09:56

SAG-AFTRA remembers the tremendous Casey Kasem, a DJ and television personality whose distinctive style and influential American Top 40 program changed broadcasting.

Kasem, who joined SAG in 1966 and AFTRA in 1979, also worked as a voice actor, perhaps most famously as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo. His American Top 40, Casey’s Top 40 and his various other spin-off shows were staples of the American music scene, as was his signature sign-off line, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:15

SAG-AFTRA today released the following statement on the death of actor, activist and SAG Life Achievement recipient Ruby Dee:

SAG-AFTRA mourns the loss of SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Ruby Dee, who died yesterday at the age of 91. The multitalented Dee distinguished herself as an actor, writer and activist and received the Life Achievement Award in 2000 with husband Ossie Davis. They were only the second husband-and-wife team to win the award, the other being Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in 1985. Dee was predeceased by Davis in 2005.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:59

SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of Television Academy President and COO Lucy Hood who died Wednesday following a battle with cancer. Lucy was a thought leader and a passionate supporter of the industry, and SAG-AFTRA is proud to have been able to work with her and the Television Academy as a partner organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lucy's family, co-workers and friends.
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 10:34

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2014) — "Tom was a champion of our industry, and all those who knew him or had the privilege to work with him can attest to his integrity, drive and leadership. On behalf of all SAG-AFTRA members, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sherak family."

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 09:35

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 31, 2013) - Joseph Ruskin, stage, screen and film actor and longtime union officer, died of natural causes on Saturday, December 28 at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.  He was 89.

Joe was thrice-honored by two major American actors’ unions for distinguished service to union members: Actors Equity with the Lucy Jordan Award in 2003 and the Patrick Quinn Award in 2013, and Screen Actors Guild with the Ralph Morgan Award in 2011.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:10

SAG-AFTRA joins with the public in mourning the deaths of legendary actors Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine.
O’Toole left a legacy of stage and film roles, including his most famous and beloved in Lawrence of Arabia. A multiple-award nominee and winner, O’Toole was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the 2006 film Venus.