SAG-AFTRA mourns the loss of Hugh Gordon Stoker. Stoker was born in 1924 in Gleason, TN, and began his music career at the age of 15 playing piano on WSM radio. After a stint in the Air Force, he returned to Nashville, and in 1949, joined the Gospel quartet , The Jordainaires , first as a piano player then as the group’s tenor. Following a concert in Memphis the group was approached by a then unknown singer named Elvis Presley, who asked them to be his backup singers if he was ever signed to a major label.
SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of New York stage, film and TV actor Martha Greenhouse, who served as a union leader for more than four decades. She passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 91.
SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of Charles Durning, an army veteran, acclaimed actor and 2007 SAG Life Achievement Award honoree. Durning died Dec. 24 at age 89.
SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of former SAG National Board member Fern Persons, who died Sunday in Denver. Persons would have been 102 on July 27.
Screen Actors Guild remembers the extraordinary life and career of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who died today at the age of 79. The Oscar-winning actress and pioneering AIDS activist had been hospitalized in recent weeks for congestive heart failure.
"Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts," son Michael Wilding said in a statement released by the family.