'Charles Durning is the perfect choice for the Life Achievement Award as Screen Actors Guild celebrates its 75th anniversary,' said SAG president Alan Rosenberg in a statement. 'Throughout his career, he has epitomized the art and grace of acting and brought something special to every role. He is above all things a great actor with the talent to which we all aspire: the power to create indelible characters.'
Durning has two supporting actor Oscar nominations under his belt for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas in 1982 and To Be Or Not To Be in 1983 and four Golden Globe nominations. His other credits include early Brian De Palma classics Hi, Mom! And Sisters, George Roy Hill's The Sting, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie.
He has worked for film-makers including David Mamet, the Coen Brothers, Sam Shepard, John Cassavetes, Volker Schloendorff, Ulu Grosbard, Alan J Pakula, Robert Aldrich, Jodie Foster and Warren Beatty.