Jason Alexander to receive Actors Fund award
Jason Alexander has received many honors in his career, including a Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and multiple Emmy nominations. This year, the "Seinfeld" actor is to receive yet another prize -- the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Actors Fund.
The Actors Fund is a nonprofit charitable group that seeks to provide assistance such as health and social services to entertainment professionals around the country.
The award is named for actress Julie Harris, who has won five Tonys. The prize is scheduled to be handed out during a gala dinner at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on June 10, the night of the Tony Awards ceremony. Previous recipients of the award include Hal Holbrook, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Chita Rivera.
The prize comes at a notable juncture in Alexander's stage career. Since 2007, he has served as artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company in L.A, but the company announced in February that it is shutting down its main-stage productions for the foreseeable future due to financial difficulties.
Alexander said at the time that the company has failed to increase its audiences in the last several years. The company canceled its planned productions of "The Baker's Wife" and "The Apple Tree" that were scheduled for this season.
Alexander won a Tony for his performance in the Broadway production of "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" in 1989. His L.A. stage credits include "The Producers" at the Pantages in 2003 and, more recently, a Reprise revival of "They're Playing Our Song."
-- David Ng
Photo: Jason Alexander. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times