LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Robert De Niro, a two-time Oscar winner and considered one of the finest actors of his generation, is being recognised by his peers with an annual lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
De Niro, 76, will receive the award in January, the labour union said on Tuesday (Nov 12).
"I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It's an honour to receive this award from SAG-Aftra," De Niro said in a statement.
The star of Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Silver Linings Playbook and currently The Irishman will join the likes of previous lifetime recipients Alan Alda, Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds at the SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 19.
The SAG-Aftra awards are voted on by the 160,000-strong actor union. The lifetime achievement award is presented to an actor who fosters "the finest ideals of the acting profession".
De Niro, a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, is already the recipient of some of the highest cultural honours in the United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Centre honour.
"From the smouldering inferno of young Vito Corleone, to the raging bull Jake LaMotta and everybody's grandpa Ben Whittaker, (De Niro) continues to touch Read More – Source