ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Stephen Lang, whose dozens of film roles include the villain in James Cameron's "Avatar," will receive an award from a New York historic preservation group.
The 66-year-old New York native will receive the 2018 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust Thursday night at the State Education Building in downtown Albany.
During the event, Lang will discuss history with Abraham Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.
Lang's credits include "Gettysburg" and "Beyond Glory," a solo play about Medal of Honor recipients.
The award honors national figures whose contributions advance the understanding and uses of history in American society.
Past recipients include authors Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and David McCullough; documentarian Ken Burns; and actors Sam Waterson and Richard Dreyfuss.