Harry Hamlin & More to be Honored at A.C.T.s' Conservatory Awards Luncheon, 10/28

Harry Hamlin & More to be Honored at A.C.T.s' Conservatory Awards Luncheon, 10/28

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013-14 Conservatory Awards, which recognizes and honors outstanding alumni of A.C.T.'s award-winning actor training program and pays tribute to donors and organizations who have provided significant support to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program Scholarship Fund. The third annual Conservatory Awards luncheon raises necessary funding for M.F.A. Program scholarships while celebrating A.C.T.'s accomplishments with award winners and current M.F.A. Program students. The winners of the five awards to be presented are Emmy Award-nominated actor and A.C.T. M.F.A. Program honorary graduate Harry Hamlin, who receives The Edward Hastings Career Achievement Award; actress of stage and screen Heidi Armbruster, who receives The Rising Star Award; actor and Shakespeare Iraq drama teacher Peter Friedrich, who receives the Contribution to the Field Award; Joan W. Sadler, who receive The Benefactor Award; and Wells Fargo, which receives The Champion Award. The star-studded event will take placeMonday, October 28, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. in the Veranda Ballroom at San Francisco's Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets and table sponsorships are now available. For information about the event, visit http://www.act-sf.org/conservatoryawards, or contact Luz Perez, Director of Special Events, at415.439.2470 or lperez@act-sf.org.

Says Melissa Smith, Conservatory Director at A.C.T.: "A.C.T. is a multi-faceted artistic and educational community, and the awards this year reflect the range and reach of our training as well as the dreams and ambitions of those we train and those who support that training. Harry, Heidi and Peter have distinguished themselves in television and film, onstage and in the educational realm, respectively, with Peter going the extra mile to teach for a number of years in Iraq. Joan Sadler has been involved with A.C.T. since its earliest days - as a trustee and board chair, providing financial support to many MFA projects through the years. Much of what we do would not be possible without the sustained support of Wells Fargo. We're tremendously proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and deeply grateful for the largesse of our benefactors. It's an honor and a pleasure to celebrate these stars at the annual award luncheon."

Harry Hamlin '76
Harry Hamlin has been working in television, film, and stage for three decades. In 1979 he received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Acting Debut in the musical comedy Movie Movie. He currently appears on AMC's Mad Men for which he received an Emmy nomination, and was most recently seen on Showtime's Shameless and Army Wives, as well as memorable guest appearances on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and TNT's Franklin and Bash. In 2006, Hamlin followed wife Lisa Rinna's lead as a competitor on ABC's top-rated Dancing with the Stars, also going on the national tour. Rinna and Hamlin performed together in the Broadway revival of Chicago as Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart, and most recently starred in their own TV Land reality series Harry Loves Lisa, which coincided with the launch of his Scribner memoir, Full Frontal Nudity. Hamlin has portrayed Uncle Marty on the CBS murder mystery Harper's Island, Aaron Echolls on the critically acclaimed Veronica Mars, and led the cast of the comedy series Movie Stars. He received three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for his memorable role as attorney Michael Kuzak on Steven Bochco'sL.A. Law. On the big screen, Hamlin has appeared in Strange Wilderness, Clash of the Titans with Sir Lawrence Olivier, and in Making Love, a filmabout a gay relationship in the early '80s. On the horizon are the independent features Dangerous Attraction, The Fourth Noble Truth andImmigrant. He most recently appeared in the Los Angeles stage production of The Jesus Hicke. Hamlin is a classically trained actor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He wasPeople Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 1987.

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