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SAG-AFTRA Statement on the Passing of James Garner

Filed in: In Memoriam

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 Casey Kasem

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 Mourns the Loss of SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient Ruby Dee

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.

SAG-AFTRA Remembers TV Academy President Lucy Hood

Filed in: In Memoriam

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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SAG-AFTRA Celebrates the Life of Shirley Temple Black

Filed in: In Memoriam

Los Angeles, (Feb. 11, 2014) -- Shirley Temple Black, the 42nd Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement honoree, died Monday at the age of 85. Black captivated the world as no other child star has done before or since, and then went on to serve her country as an eminent diplomat over more than three decades.

SAG-AFTRA Honors the Life and Legacy of the Late Philip Seymour Hoffman

Filed in: In Memoriam

SAG-AFTRA honors the life and legacy of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Nominated for seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, he won the Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his title role in the 2005 film "Capote."

Statement from SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard on the passing of former Academy President and L.A. Film Czar Tom Sherak

Filed in: In Memoriam

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."

SAG-AFTRA Remembers Joseph Ruskin

Filed in: In Memoriam

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.