The fact that they co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is not the only thing that connects actors Tom Hanks and Alan Alda. And it’s not even the fact that Tom, 62, will be presenting Alan with this year’s SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) Life Achievement Award (although that is why we’re here at the moment). Instead, it’s that the two of them also happen to be considered a pair of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Seriously. Ask anyone.
“I guess it’s a counterbalance,” Alan, 82, joked to the Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 8. “To the rowdy reputation that a lot of actors have had over the last couple of hundred years, including the guy who shot Lincoln. So it’s good to balance the reputations of the acting profession.”
Alan, of course, is undoubtedly best known for his role of Hawkeye Pierce as well as his writing and directing efforts on the long-running dramedy MASH (the co-stars of which he will soon be reuniting with on his own podcast). He is currently waging a battle against Parkinson’s Disease, as he revealed last year — not that you’d suspect it from his activity level. In between, though, he has accomplished so much, only partially signified by the fact that he’s taken home six Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, three Directors Guild of America Awards, and a Drama Desk Award, among others. And now there is the SAG Life Achievement Award, of which he commented to AP, “I’m so thrilled that Tom agreed to that. I had no idea they were even asking him. And it’s so generous of him.”
But that’s Tom Hanks, who first came to our attention on the cross-dressing television series Bosom Buddies before he segued to the big screen with Splash and Bachelor Party, which was only the beginning of a career that has spanned over 40 years. Along the way, he took home Best Oscar actors for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, and Golden Globes for Big, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Castaway.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27.