When Alan Alda receives his Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, it will celebrate a career lasting nearly seven decades.

And one that continues to thrive, despite a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

The 82-year old Alda still practices his craft, describing the idea of retirement as “a living hell.”

Best known for the iconic television sitcom, “M.AS.H,” Alda’s resume also includes movies like “Same Time, Next Year” and “The Aviator,” for which he received an Oscar nomination.

But it’s his work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York that he hopes endures. The center helps to bridge the gap between scientists and the public, using acting techniques, such as improvisational theater exercises to make their message more relatable.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards air Sunday on TNT and TBS.

In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
In this Oct. 25, 2018, photo, Alan Alda poses for a portrait in New York. When Alda receives his lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, Jan. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision)
Alan Alda will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday to celebrate a career that includes multiple Emmy awards, an Oscar nomination and social activism over nearly seven decades. (January 23)
Alan Alda will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday to celebrate a career that includes multiple Emmy awards, an Oscar nomination and social activism over nearly seven decades. (January 23)

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