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9 items from 2016


William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93

9 May 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former SAG president William Schallert, best known as TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show,” died Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93. His son Edwin confirmed his death.

His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Laura Haefner

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William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93

9 May 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former SAG president William Schallert, best known as TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show,” died Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93. His son Edwin confirmed his death.

His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Laura Haefner

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57 SAG-aftra L.A. Members Seek to Fire Exec Director David White

7 March 2016 4:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fifty-seven Los Angeles SAG-aftra members are seeking to dismiss David White, the union’s national executive director since 2009.

The action, approved Sunday in a 57-40 vote at the SAG-aftra Local annual meeting, means that the question will go to the union’s national board — where it is highly unlikely to receive any traction. The board gave White a four-year extension to his contract in late 2014.

SAG-aftra president Ken Howard, a longtime ally of White, brushed off the vote and said the supporters were “out of sync” with the membership.

The vote, which took place during the members-only portion of the meeting, reflects the longstanding divisions between the moderate Unite for Strength faction, which supports White, and the self-styled progressives in the Membership First faction, which has only a dozen of the 80 seats on the board.

The Sunday vote was not presented as being sponsored or tied to Membership First, however. »

- Dave McNary

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SAG-aftra Honors Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild in Echo of Past Battles

6 March 2016 4:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SAG-aftra’s Los Angeles local awarded its highest honor Sunday to two former board members whose devoted service to SAG and AFTRA put them on opposite sides of the fights that wracked the actors’ unions until their merger in 2012. The honorees, Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild, received this year’s Ralph Morgan Award in front of a standing-room-only crowd estimated at more than 400 Los Angeles members, staff and invited guests. The award was established in 1981 and is named for SAG’s first president. Johnson, who served more than 15 years as a SAG national board member

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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson Honored by SAG-AFTRA

6 March 2016 2:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson received the Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor, in an emotional ceremony Sunday.

The awards evoked several standing ovations by the more than 500 union members attending at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Former SAG VP Mike Farrell presented Fairchild with her award and former SAG president Alan Rosenberg made the presentation to Johnson.

Johnson, who was a key figure in pushing for diversity in show business during the past two decades, noted in her acceptance that she is the first African-American recipient of the honor. “I will continue to talk about diversity, no matter how uncomfortable those conversations may be,” she added.

“She’s ensured that diversity has become an integral part of our industry,” Rosenberg noted.

Johnson recalled a key moment during the six-month 2000 commercials strike when the union »

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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson Win 2016 Ralph Morgan Award

23 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

SAG-aftra announced performers Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award. The honor is presented to SAG-aftra members who devote time to serving their fellow members within the community. “Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, SAG-aftra Secretary-Treasurer and L.A. Local President. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.” Fairchild served nine years on the National Board of Screen Actors Guild and seven years on AFTRA’s Hollywood board. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee and helped found the Environmental Communications Office. Fairchild is also an AIDS activist, leads pro-choice marches and rallies, and participates in events saving California deserts. »

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Anne-Marie Johnson Named a 2016 SAG-aftra Ralph Morgan Award Recipient (Highest Honor)

22 February 2016 9:16 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

SAG-aftra has named performers Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild as the recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor. Established in 1981 and named in honor of the first president of Screen Actors Guild, the Ralph Morgan Award salutes SAG-aftra members and/or union staff for their devotion to serving members.  The award will be presented on Sunday, March 6, at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. “I am delighted with the Honors and Tributes Committee’s recognition of both Anne-Marie Johnson and Morgan Fairchild as recipients of the 2016 Ralph Morgan Award,” said »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra

22 February 2016 8:43 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SAG-aftra has named Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as the recipients of its Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor.

The awards will be presented on March 6 at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

“Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, president of the local. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.”

Fairchild served nine years on the Screen Actors Guild’s national board and sat on AFTRA’s Hollywood board for another seven years. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood women’s political committee. As the first celebrity AIDS activist, she starred in »

- Dave McNary

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Morgan Fairchild, Anne-Marie Johnson to Be Honored by SAG-aftra

22 February 2016 8:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SAG-aftra has named Morgan Fairchild and Anne-Marie Johnson as the recipients of its Ralph Morgan Award, the SAG-aftra Los Angeles Local’s highest honor.

The awards will be presented on March 6 at the annual Los Angeles Local membership meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

“Both of these accomplished women embody the award’s spirit of self-sacrifice through their countless hours of committee and board service for both SAG and AFTRA,” said Jane Austin, president of the local. “Additionally, these women have made significant contributions outside the boardroom for the betterment of all performers and have worked tirelessly on numerous social issues.”

Fairchild served nine years on the Screen Actors Guild’s national board and sat on AFTRA’s Hollywood board for another seven years. She was one of the original members of the Hollywood women’s political committee. As the first celebrity AIDS activist, she starred in »

- Dave McNary

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