The First and the Last! The Best and The Worst!
The Great Screen Actors Guild has had a long and honorable history from the First SAG President Ralph Morgan, up and until the last Ken Howard! But, now SAG is a single entity no more. It has been knifed in the back by a group of SAG politicians, including the current SAG President, who have pursued a path of least resistance! Instead of standing up for SAG actors by enforcing SAG’s hard earned jurisdiction, Ken, and his gang of least resistance “Unite For Strength,” meekly stood idly by while AFTRA poached it.
This was done successfully by a group of UFS “go along, to get along” board members and SAG staff (helped by eager producers) with a nefarious agenda to unite the two unions (AFTRA and SAG) at any cost pursuing the demise of the Screen Actors Guild.
So to the question at hand, who will go down as the best president in SAG history? Well, it will come as no surprise that the OL’ Dog says Ralph Morgan, not only because he was one of those brave character actors who founded the Great Screen Actors Guild at great professional risk, but because he unselfishly gave up his position to a better known actor for guild credibility purposes.
At the other end of the spectrum, Ken Howard, The SAG President who actively pursued the demolition of the Great Screen Actors Guild, and unfortunately succeeded. My prediction is that the day will come when struggling actors sit around lamenting the demise of the great union, residuals, and the long gone days when the mid range actor could make a livable wage.
They will look at all the great SAG presidents with admiration, while disdaining those few who tried to sell them out, and the one who finally succeeded, KEN HOWARD.
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog
To view all SAG Presidents go to the following link.
This link will take you to SAG History and a group photo of SAG’s founding fathers.