M*A*S*H star Alan Alda, who shared his Parkinson's diagnosis in July, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th annual SAG Awards.

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January 27, 2019 07:26 PM

The SAG AwardsLife Achievement Award recipient has arrived.

Alan Alda, who will be recognized for his decades-long career at the 25th annual SAG Awards on Sunday night, brought several of his eight grandchildren along to celebrate the evening, just like when he was nominated for his first Oscar in 2005.

“Not all of them, some of them are missing,” Alda, 83, told PEOPLE Now’s Jeremy Parsons and Lola Ogunnaike at PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live in Los Angeles. “Even that night, I wasn’t as excited as I am today. It’s really special. Everybody always talks about fellow actors being involved in the choice, but it really makes an impression on you when you’re an actor and I’m very touched by it.”

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The M*A*S*H star revealed in July that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease almost four years ago. But that hasn’t stopped him from working. Along with appearing on The Blacklist, 30 Rock and most recently Ray Donovan, Alda also launched a podcast last year.

“I have a podcast now called Clear+Vivid, so now that I’m a podcaster the people call me ‘the oldest millennium alive,’” Alda said, before quickly correcting himself and changing “millennium” to “millennial.”

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Along with receiving an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 2004’s The Aviator, Alda, married to wife Arlene for 61 years, earned five Emmys for playing Dr. Hawkeye Pierece on M*A*S*H, and took home an Emmy in 2006 for his role as Senator Arnold Vinick in The West Wing.

  • The official pre-show, People, Entertainment Weekly and TNT Red Carpet Live: 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, will livestream beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on PEOPLE.comEW.comtntdrama.com/sag-awardsand sagawards.org, in addition to being broadcast live in Times Square.

It was Alda’s wife who first detected early signs of Parkinson’s. In 2015, Arlene noticed his arms weren’t really moving when he walked. And he began acting out his dreams while asleep.

“My life hasn’t changed much,” the acting legend told PEOPLE earlier this month. “I just applied my curiosity to it. I’m constantly reading and trying to figure out the best approaches. So far it’s really interesting. I think it’s helped me understand a little better that everybody has something they’re coping with.”

The 25th annual SAG Awards are being presented live on both TBS and TNT from the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

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