Les Stroud
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Best known as star of the highly-acclaimed hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada, The Science Channel US, Discovery Channel International), Les Stroud continues to forge new pathways as a prolific, creative force.

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In the year 2000, Stroud took a few small cameras out into the wilderness of Northern Ontario, Canada and spent a week surviving alone without food, water, equipment or camera crew. He single-handedly created, produced, wrote, filmed, hosted, edited and wrote the theme music for these first two original, one-hour pilots for what would eventually become the series Survivorman. He remains the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone.

Survivorman has gone on to become the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US and is quickly becoming one of the most popular shows on the Discovery Channel US, along with becoming hugely popular worldwide. Survivorman Productions Inc. was listed as one of the 'Global Top 100' on the coveted list for Realscreen magazine. The show was also the number one pick of Wired Magazine's 'Top Ten' list for February 2007, and Stroud made the 2007 'Top 100 People We Love to Watch' list for Entertainment Weekly magazine.

'This is my favorite new TV show ... absolutely amazing' - Ellen DeGeneres

'This show is extremely addicting, I love it!... it's the only guest my brother asked me to have on The View this year' - Rosie O'Donnell

Les Stroud has more than 20 years experience as a naturalist and outdoor adventurer and instructor in survival, white water paddling, sea kayaking, hiking, dog sledding and winter travel. His career in film began in the early 1980s working on rock videos and eventually becoming a producer of MuchMusic TV the Canadian music video channel.

Combining his love for the outdoors and his skills as a filmmaker, Stroud has appeared in and/or produced numerous television specials and interstitials including hosting in 2007 the twentieth anniversary of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, The Mad Trapper - Cineflix, The True Story of Robinson Crusoe - Cinenova, Discovery Channel's Shark Feeding Frenzy, I Shouldn't Be Alive, Expedition Everest, Surviving Urban Disasters, as well as OLN Canada's Off the Grid with Les Stroud. He was the subject of the series Extraordinary Lives. His documentary film Snowshoes and Solitude, about the year he and his wife spent living in the remote Boreal Forest of Northern Ontario, has won numerous independent awards.

In addition to his success in film and television, Stroud is an avid musician having recently released an album with Canada's hit band The Northern Pikes (renamed: Les Stroud and The Pikes) and having composed the theme to Survivorman. Les is a proud member of the Explorers Club.

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