Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2014)---SAG-AFTRA released the following statement on behalf of president Ken Howard:
SAG-AFTRA extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and professional colleagues of American photojournalist James Foley. "His tragic and violent death is a painful reminder of the risks that journalists take to ensure the world’s most important stories are told. We owe him and his colleagues a tremendous debt of gratitude for their commitment to protecting the public’s right to know, and we hope for the safe return of all journalists being held captive around the world,” said President Ken Howard.
Los Angeles, CA (August 13, 2014)---SAG-AFTRA celebrates the life and legacy of Lauren Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at age 89.
Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2014)---SAG-AFTRA joins the world in mourning the sudden passing of Robin Williams. A two-time Screen Actors Guild Award recipient, Williams was consecutively honored for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for The Birdcage and then for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his inspirational portrayal of Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting.
SAG-AFTRA joins the entertainment community in mourning the loss of actor, activist and friend, Danny Murphy.
Danny 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).
SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of James Garner, star of the small and big screens. Garner, a former SAG 2nd vice president (1960-61), SAG National Board member (1959) and a recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, died Saturday at the age of 86.
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.”
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.