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You couldn’t have a better guy than Tom Hanks to hand 82-year-old Alan Alda the annual lifetime achievement award, which is based on actors who foster the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Both actors are known by fans to be nice guys. Now one nice guy will be handing an award to the other at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony. Alda is already a Golden Globe and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee and will receive the latest award on 27 January 2019.

Alan Alda and Tom Hanks have worked together

While Alda is probably best known for his performance as Hawkeye Pierce in the series “M*A*S*H,” he has also appeared in more TV series and films. In fact, he and Tom Hanks both appeared in the movie “Bridge of Spies,” and according to Alan, they have both casually run into each other over the years on aeroplanes and at award ceremonies.

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He said he remembers Tom when he was a kid.

Alda told Associated Press that he is thrilled Tom agreed to hand him the award and said he had no idea the organisers had asked him. He went on to say how generous it was of Hanks to do the award handover.

According to a report by BT, Alda has an acting career that has spanned 70 years and was seen in the TV series “The West Wing,” and movies, “Manhattan Murder History,” “Crimes and Misdemeanours,” “The Object Of My Affection” and “The Aviator.” However, most older fans will always remember him for his role in “M*A*S*H.” Younger fans might not recall the funny show and it could be worthwhile to try and get DVDs to watch him in action as a younger actor.

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During his career, Alda has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the 2004 Film “The Aviator,” and went on to win a total of six Emmy awards. He also won six Golden Globes while working on “M*A*S*H.”

Alan Alda and good deeds

Alda has been involved in a number of organisations and charities supporting women’s issues, children’s causes and the sciences. He went on to form the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science at the Stony Brook University in New York.

Besides his charitable work, Alda is also known for his affable personality, which has led to him being called a “nice guy.” With his signature grin, Alan said jokingly that his niceness acts as a counterbalance to a profession not always viewed kindly these days.

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He said many actors have rowdy reputations over the last hundred years or so, including “the guy that shot Lincoln." Due to this, it is good to make a balance in the reputations of those in the acting profession.

As reported by the Awards Circuit, other actors who have been honoured with the Screen Actors Guild award include Betty White, Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds and Lily Tomlin, so Alda is in good company indeed.