"It is our honour to bestow the guild's highest tribute on this extraordinary actor," BBC quoted SAG president Rosenberg, as saying. "The actor's lengthy career commands our admiration and respect," Rosenberg added.
Jones has received the US National Medal of Arts in 1992 and ten years later he was made a Kennedy Center honouree. Jones's portrayal of South African priest Stephen Kumalo in Cry, the Beloved Country earned him a Screen Actors Guild best actor nomination, and his work in the 1970 film adaptation of The Great White Hope gave him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award.
The 14th annual SAG Awards will take place in L.A. on the 25th of January.