Alan Alda, David McCullough, Jane Pauley, Martin Sheen Receive 34th Annual Common Wealth Awards.
2013 Laureates Have Made Enduring Marks on Modern Culture
WILMINGTON, Del., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Four renowned
achievers will be honored for their lifetime accomplishments with the
34th Annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. The awards
recognize individuals who have enriched modern society in a range of
The 2013 Common Wealth Award winners are:
* Alan Alda, celebrated actor, director and screenwriter, for
* David McCullough, preeminent author and historian, for
* Jane Pauley, leading broadcast journalist, Today Show contributor
and author, for Mass Communications;
* Martin Sheen, film legend, social activist and humanitarian, for
The honorees will be recognized tonight at the Common Wealth Awards
ceremony hosted by The
PNC Financial Services
Group at the Hotel du Pont
The Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service were first
presented in 1979 by The Common Wealth Trust which was created under the
will of Ralph Hayes, an influential business executive and
philanthropist. The awards are now made by The Ralph Hayes Common Wealth
Foundation, which is funded by the Common Wealth Trust.
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trustee and administrator of the Trust.
In the 34-year history of the Common Wealth Awards, $5.6 million has
been awarded to 185 honorees. The 2013 honorees will receive a shared
award of $300,000.
“The 2013 Common Wealth Award honorees are people of
distinction who have produced work of substantial influence and enduring
relevance,” said PNC Regional President Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr.
“We applaud these high achievers for their many accomplishments and
look ahead with assurance to their continued contributions.”
Ralph Hayes, creator of the Common Wealth Awards, served on the
board of directors of PNC Delaware’s predecessor banks from 1935 to
1965. Through the awards, he sought to recognize outstanding achievement
in eight disciplines: dramatic arts, literature, science, invention,
mass communications, public service, government, and sociology. The
awards are also an incentive for individuals to make future
contributions to the world community.
For three decades, the Common Wealth Awards have recognized heads of
state, scientists and inventors, explorers, authors, performing artists
and activists. Past winners include 11 Nobel laureates, among them,
human rights leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, statesman Henry Kissinger
and authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. Other high
achievers on the Common Wealth Awards roster include former Secretary of
State Colin Powell; H.M.
Queen Noor of Jordan
; dance legend Mikhail
Baryshnikov; Hollywood icons Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep; astronauts
John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin; primatologist Jane Goodall; ocean explorer
Robert Ballard; television journalists Christiane Amanpour and Wolf
Blitzer; and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.
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Alan Alda, celebrated actor, writer and director receives the 2013
Common Wealth Award for Dramatic Arts.
Throughout his 40-year career, Alda has won seven Emmys, six Golden
Globes, and three Directors Guild of America Awards.
Ranked by TV Guide as one of the 50 Greatest Television Stars of All
Time, Alda is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on the television
series M*A*S*H, which earned him five Emmys for acting, writing and
directing. The show was a critical and commercial smash, appearing on TV
for 11 years. The show’s finale in 1983 was the most watched single
TV episode in U.S. history as 125 million people tuned in to say
Alda has written and directed several films in which he also
starred, including The Four Seasons. He was nominated for a British
Academy Award in the Oscar-nominated Crimes and Misdemeanors, beginning
a three-film collaboration with Woody Allen. His film work also includes
Everyone Says I Love You, Flirting With Disaster, Manhattan Murder
Mystery, Same Time, Next Year, California Suite and The Seduction of Joe
Tynan, which he wrote. In 2011 – 2012, his film appearances included
Tower Heist and Wanderlust.
Alda has the distinction of being nominated for an Oscar, a Tony,
and an Emmy all in 2005. His Emmy nomination was for his role on The
West Wing. His Tony nomination was for his role in the Broadway revival
of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. In addition to receiving an
Academy Award nomination for his appearance in Martin Scorsese’s
The Aviator that year, he was also nominated for a British Academy
On Broadway, he has appeared as the physicist Richard Feynman in the
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. He starred in the first American production of the
international hit play Art. In addition to his nomination for Glengarry,
he was also nominated for the Tony Award for his performances in Neil
Simon’s Jake’s Women and the musical The Apple Tree. Other
Broadway appearances include The Owl and the Pussycat, Purlie Victorious
and Fair Game for Lovers for which he received a Theatre World
From 1993 to 2005, Alda hosted PBS’s
, which put the actor up close with cutting edge advancements
in the fields of chemistry, technology, biology, and physics. He hosted
mini-series The Human Spark and wrote Radiance: The Passion
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, a play about the personal life of the great scientist
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, which made its debut at the Geffen Playhouse.
A recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service
Award, Alda is a visiting professor at and founding member of Stony
Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science, where he is
helping to develop innovative programs that enable scientists to
communicate more effectively with the public.
Alda published his
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Times bestselling memoir, Never Have
Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I’ve Learned, in 2005. His
second book, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, was released in
2007 and became a New York Times bestseller as well. His 33 Emmy
nominations include performances in 2009 for NBC’s 30 Rock, The
West Wing(his sixth win) and ER.
David McCullough, preeminent author and historian, receives the 2013
Common Wealth Award for Literature.
McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of
narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” He is twice
winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award,
and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s
highest civilian award.
McCullough’s most recent book, The Greater Journey: Americans
in Paris, the number one New York Times best seller, has been called
“dazzling,” “an epic of ideas… history to be
savored.” His previous work, 1776, has been acclaimed “a
classic,” while John Adams, published in 2001, remains one of the
most praised and widely read American biographies of all time. More than
three million copies are in print and it is presently in its 82[sup.nd]
In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from
Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of
the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the
fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral
McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great
Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave
Companions, and Truman. His work has been translated and published in 15
countries around the world, and more than 10 million copies are in
print. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been
out of print.
David McCullough is twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman
Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book
Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the
National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of
and has received 48 honorary degrees.
In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, essayist,
teacher, lecturer and familiar presence on public television — as host
of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and
documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. His is also the
narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.
John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on
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and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was one of the most
acclaimed and talked about television events of recent years.
A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured in all parts of the
country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the
few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, McCullough was educated there and at
Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an
avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and
architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. McCullough and his wife
Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and 19 grandchildren.
Jane Pauley, leading broadcast journalist, receives the 2013 Common
Wealth Award for Mass Communications.
For over 30 years, Pauley’s career has spanned morning, prime
time and daytime television, making her one of the most recognizable
personalities in America.
Pauley’s network television career began as co-host of
NBC’s Today Show; she was founding co-anchor of Dateline NBC, and
host of The Jane Pauley Show. Partnering with AARP, Pauley is currently
contributing to NBC’s Today Show in a series, “Your Life
Calling,” which features people who have reinvented the way they
work or live.
She is the author of New York Times bestseller,
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: A Life
Out of the Blue, a memoir of self-reflection and wellness in which
Pauley revealed how medical treatment for hives triggered bipolar
depression at the age to 50.
A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Pauley has been
honored with multiple Emmys and other awards, including the prestigious
Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism; the
Edward R. Murrow
for outstanding achievement; the Radio and Television News
Directors Association’s Paul White Award for lifetime contributions
to electronic journalism; the Gracie Allen Award Outstanding Achievement
by American Women in Radio and Television; and the first international
Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communication.
Pauley is a member of the board of directors of The Children’s
Health Fund and The Mind Trust. She serves on the Leadership Board of
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
and is co-chair of the
Ambassadors Council of Freedom from Hunger.
Pauley is a highly regarded advocate for mental health,
children’s health and education issues.
She is married to Doonesbury cartoonist, Garry Trudeau. They have
three grown children.
Martin Sheen, acclaimed actor, social activist and humanitarian,
receives the 2013 Common Wealth Award for Public Service.
Endeared to audiences nationwide for his seven-year run as President
Josiah Bartlet on NBC’s award-winning series The West Wing, Sheen
uses his dynamic presence and celebrity status to lend an inspired voice
to peace and social justice issues such as nuclear weapons, the
treatment of immigrants, the alleviation of poverty and homelessness,
and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, where he gives voice to those he
feels need it most.
Sheen is Special Envoy to Front Line International Foundation for
the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. A fervent promoter of the
principles of Catholic social thought in word and in action,
Sheen’s passion for activism and its necessary place in
today’s political, humanitarian and social arenas has inspired
generations. For over four decades, he has been an ardent supporter of
causes that advocate peace and encourage justice throughout the
Born Ramon Estevez to immigrant parents, Sheen left his Dayton, Ohio
home for the bright lights of
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, apprenticing at Judith
Malina and Julian Beck’s Living Theater. He grabbed attention in
Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses(1964) with a Tony-nominated
turn as a returning war veteran opposite Jack Albertson, later reprising
his role in the 1968 film version. Sheen’s feature debut came as a
delinquent terrorizing the occupants of a subway car in The
Incident(1967), but his real breakthrough came as the alienated,
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In the 1970s, Sheen embarked on a series of critically acclaimed
projects for the small screen, earning an Emmy nomination for his
sensitive portrayal of the deserter in The Execution of Private Slovik
(1974). Also, that same year was the powerful The Missiles of October
which saw him slip into the skin of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, his
first of many fictional forays into political life. Sheen’s turn as
the military assassin sent to terminate the command of a crazed Marlon
Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now(1979) remains one
of his signature roles.
Despite the time devoted to social justice, Sheen’s amazing
output of film and TV roles has never slowed. He donated his salary for
his work on Gandhi(1982) to various charities. He portrayed a union
official father at odds with the insider trading world of his financier
son (Charlie Sheen) in Oliver Stone’s absorbing Wall Street(1987).
He executive produced and starred in two 1988 features, playing Barnard
Hughes’ son in DA and a trial judge in
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Nightbreaker(1989), in which son Emilio Estevez essayed his character at
an earlier stage.
Throughout his career, Sheen has played over 100 roles, including
such films as Catch Me If You Can, The Departed, Bobby and The Way, a
film written and directed by son Emilio. Their father/son memoir
“Along the Way” was published in May 2012. Recent films
include Stella Days, an independent Irish film, and The Amazing
Sheen and his wife Janet have been married for 51 years, and they
have four children: Emilio, Ramon, Renee and Charlie.
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