Morgan Freeman To Receive 2018 SAG Life Achievement Award

The 80-year-old actor is expected to accept a major award in January 2018.

E! News reports that Morgan Freeman will be the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award, which is annually given to a star who embodies the "finest ideals of the acting profession."

In a statement released on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris explained, "Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character, baring their souls and showcasing their humanity."

Carteris continued, "It has been a privilege to see his genius at work."

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As Variety notes, Freeman, who boasts over 100 film credits to his name, previously won a SAG award in 2005 for his part in Million Dollar Baby.

Recent recipients of the SAG Life Achievement award include Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore.

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be telecast live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2018.