SAG to honor James Earl Jones

Veteran performer will receive lifetime achievement award

James Earl Jones will be the recipient of SAG's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

SAG president Alan Rosenberg said Jones' "distinguished career on stage, in film, on television, in commercials and as a vocal presence without peer commands our admiration and respect. His long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale deserves our appreciation."

The actor will be honored with the award on Jan. 25 at the 15th annual SAG awards.