- Although SAG handed out their Life Achievement Award since 1963, it was not until 1995 the Guild began honoring acting achievements on a broader basis by inaugurating the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
- The Screen Actors Guild currently has approx. 98,000 members. (2000)
- "The Actor" statuette was originally sculpted by Edward Saenz and was designed by Jim Heimann and Jim Barrett. Each statuette carries a serial number engraved at its base. Numbering began with no. 1.
Time Specification: regular
Geographic Specification: national
The Screen Actors Guild Award is presented to actors by their peers for outstanding performances in motion pictures and on primetime television. Recipients are determined by the Guild's active members, who cast their ballots in five film categories and eight television categories, including the unique ensemble awards. Actors may be submitted for nomination for performances by their producer, agent, manager, or press representative with the actor's permission, or actors may submit themselves. (as of 2000)
Ralph Morgan Award
The award is given for distinguished service to fellow actors.
Life Achievement Award
The award is presented to an established performer for fostering the highest ideals of the acting profession.