Robert De Niro is to be awarded with a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). — Instagram/Sir Robert De Niro

KUALA LUMPUR: Multiple award-winning Hollywood superstar Robert De Niro will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

The 76-year-old artiste will receive the award in January next year at the 26th annual SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan 19, according to The Wrap.

In a Press statement, De Niro said: “I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It’s an honour to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA.”

The star of The Irishman will join the likes of previous recipients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood and Debbie Reynolds.

The lifetime achievement award is presented to an actor who fosters “the finest ideals of the acting profession.”

De Niro, a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, is already the recipient of some of the highest cultural honours in the United States, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Kennedy Center honour.

“From the smoldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake LaMotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, (De Niro) continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement, referring to his roles in The Godfather II, Raging Bull, and The Intern.

The SAG awards for actors in film and television is one of the biggest ceremonies in the Hollywood awards season that culminates with the Oscars on Feb. 9. This year’s nominations will be announced on Dec 11.