5 reasons why Alan Alda deserves his honorary ‘M*A*S*H’ note at the SAG Awards

Anyone can be a multi-talent. But to be a major star with a big heart and a social conscience means even more.

Tonight at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on TNT and TBS, Alan Alda — who 83rd birthday is on Monday — will be honored by his thespian peers as he receives a Screen Actors Guild life achievement award for his body of work on stage, in film and especially on TV. That includes his 11 seasons on “M*A*S*H” (1972-83), both in front of and behind the camera, along with his activism and other landmarks in his seven-decade career.

The award predates the 25-year-old competitive awards by more than 30 years. The first recipient: Eddie Cantor in 1962. More recently, the guild has presented its honorary prize to such performers as Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno and Dick Van Dyke. Here are five reasons why Alda is fully
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