Best known as star of the six-time Gemini nominated, hit TV series Survivorman (OLN Canada, The Science Channel US, Discovery Channel International, City TV (Rogers) Canada), Les Stroud continues to forge new pathways as a prolific, creative force.
The only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone, Stroud is credited with starting a new genre of television known as ‘Survival TV.’ Survivorman became the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US, and among the most popular and highest rated shows on Discovery Channel US. Survivorman is licensed for broadcast in over 120 countries worldwide including: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Malaysia, Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Spain amongst other regions. Ratings in the US alone have hit 2 million on individual episodes and Survivorman continues to air as repeats, including continued ‘marathons’ where a minimum of ten shows in a row are aired for special days such as Christmas day, Thanksgiving Day and Father’s Day. 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. He has done too many radio, newspaper and magazine interviews to count and been on at least 15 magazine covers.
Stroud has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2 times), MTV Live (3 times), The View, The Hour with George Strombopolous (CBC) (2 times), Q radio on CBC (2 times) and Larry King Live (3 times). Les was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada (The Honourable Stephen Harper) to meet the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinborough during their 2010 Royal Tour of Canada. Stroud was featured in a commercial with the famous Gieco Gecko and referred to by David Letterman, Howard Stern and numerous other media personalities and he has been parodied on the hit TV sitcoms ‘The Office’ (segment officially titled; ‘Survivorman’) and ‘King of the Hill’.
Stroud has appeared in and/or produced numerous television specials including hosting the 20th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week; I Shouldn’t Be Alive; the Science of Survival, Surviving Sharks, Expedition Everest, Surviving Urban Disasters, The Mad Trapper, Surviving Alaska, The True Story of Robinson Crusoe, Shark Feeding Frenzy, After the Experiment, Deadly Waters and the documentary feature “Off the Grid with Les Stroud”. He was also featured in the series Extraordinary Lives. In 2010 and 2011, Les received his seventh, to ninth Gemini nominations as Executive Producer/Host of the hit kids TV series ‘Survive This’ (YTV, Cartoon Network) and made celebrity guest appearances on Extreme Makeover Home Edition and MTV Cribs. He continues to Executive Produce/Host the NHL celebrity survival series “Survival Challenge” (OLN/Rogers), and the Discovery Channel series, “Les Stroud Beyond Survival” (earning one more Gemini nomination 2011, for a total of ten) which earned top ratings on both Discovery Channel US and OLN in Canada and on at least one occasion during prime time viewing was the highest rated show among men 24 to 59 in all categories on TV. He is currently signing for new series with Discovery Canada, Rogers Canada and Discovery International and National Geographic.
Celebrated and captivating keynote speaker, musician and author his book “Survive! – Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere–Alive!” (Harper Collins) made the bestseller list for 20 weeks and broke the top 100 on Amazon.com. Les’ most recent book, “Will to Live” (Harper Collins), is also a bestseller and he is currently working on his third book with Harper Collins. Musically, Stroud has shared the stage with the top in the business, including Alice Cooper, Steven Stills, Tommy Shaw, Robbie Krieger, Blues Traveler, Tesla, Jacob Dylan, Chicago and The Roots. He has won numerous regional music festivals, has released thee cd’s (one with the Northern Pikes as his back up band) and is currently recording his fourth. His third cd featured guest appearances from the Northern Pikes; Brian Potvin, Oh Suzanna and the Cowboy Junkies: Jeff Bird). Revered on an international level for his harmonica playing his musical style is eclectic, ranging from folk-roots rock to contemporary art-rock (Peter Gabriel crossed with U2). He has written all the theme songs for his TV series and before he had to submit to the intensity of the television producing, he was scoring for several independent films.
Les was nominated for the Canadian National Magazine awards in the Best Travel Writer category. A proud member of the Explorers Club, Les contributes to dozens of charities and benefits, and is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces.
Les was recently nominated by Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Geminis) for best writer and best host for Survivorman 10 Days!
Follow Les on Twitter: @reallesstroud