New York – March 9, 2014 — The Lambs, America’s oldest theatrical performing arts social club, today honored SAG-AFTRA president and stage, film and television actor Ken Howard with an honorary lifetime membership.“I am tremendously honored to receive this lifetime membership in The Lambs — an organization that I and other actors revere,” said Howard. “I am personally moved to be counted among such talents as Spencer Tracey, John Wayne and Cliff Robertson, among others. Members of The Lambs were among the founders of the organization I represent and many others fighting for performers’ rights.”Marc Baron, shepherd of The Lambs, said that the organization bestowed the honor in recognition of Howard’s outstanding achievements in stage, television and film, and for his work in protecting performers’ rights as a past president of SAG, as the first elected president of SAG-AFTRA, and as a trustee of The Actors Fund and the SAG Foundation.“Ken is a phenomenal actor and a great union leader. We are thrilled to present him with this membership on behalf of The Lambs,” said Baron, who is also a member of the SAG-AFTRA National Board.
The Lambs is America’s first professional theatrical club, founded in New York in 1874. Lambs have been involved in the founding of The Actors Fund of America, ASCAP, Actors’ Equity, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and in the merger of SAG-AFTRA. Often confused with an unrelated restaurant bearing a similar name, The Lambs is located in midtown Manhattan, near Radio City Music Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Howard’s admirable body of work includes his second Emmy in 2009 for his role in HBO’s critically acclaimed Grey Gardens. He appeared in the recurring role of Hank Hooper in NBC’s award-winning primetime series 30 Rock. With over 20 feature films, Howard can currently be seen as Judge Warren in The Judge and in The Wedding Ringer. Ken Howard is a Tony-winning actor (Child’s Play) who has appeared in nearly 40 stage productions since his professional debut on Broadway in 1968. His stage work includes 1776 and Seesaw. Howard also serves on the boards of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Actors Fund, and the Onyx and Breezy Foundation for the Welfare of Animals.
After the results of recent contract negotiations there can be little argument that Mr. Howard deserves to be identified as a Lamb. Of course, the big problem is that he is leading the rest of us lambs to the…uh, well you get the idea! Baaaah!
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