Les Stroud is the man behind the famous survival TV show, ‘Survivorman’. He is a 56 years old survival expert as well as musician. Les also has experience in filmmaking and direction, and has appeared in many TV series relating to surviving skills. Keep reading to know more facts about Les Stroud and his net worth in 2018!
Les Stroud’s Early Life
Les Stroud was born on the 20th of October, 1961 in Mimico, a western neighbourhood of Toronto. He attended the Mimico High School and after graduating enrolled himself at the Fanshawe College of London. He took the ‘Music Industry Arts Program’ to pursue his passion of music. After graduation, he went on to work for ‘MuchMusic’, a video channel in Toronto, for quite a few years. Alongside that, he also worked with a band named ‘New Regime’ as their songwriter and as a garbage collector in Toronto. He got the inspiration to change his career after he took a Temagami Canoe trip. Les started working as a guide at ‘Black Feather Wilderness Adventures’. He used to lead excursions in the Northern Ontario Wilds.
In 1994, Les Stroud married his photographer colleague, Sue Jaminson whom he met at a survival course. They both were influenced by the wild so much that they planned a honeymoon, which lasted a year, to the Wabakimi area, Ontario. After returning they shifted to Yellowknife of the Northwest Territories. There he worked as an outdoor instructor for people of aboriginal descent with special requirements. The couple finally made their home at Huntsville, Ontario. They had two children there and started ‘Wilderness Voice’ (outdoor outfit) and ‘Wilderness Spirit Productions’ (Production house and Media Company). The two had a divorce in 2008. Les has also been an adventure racing expert and has participated many a times in the Canadian championships as well.
Les Stroud’s Career, Awards & Achievement
Les Stroud worked for some time as an off-screen artist in the music industry. He has worked on many music videos of various artists, like Corey Hart, Rush etc., as the production manager. Alongside this, he was also a part of ‘Diamond Dogs’, a cover band by David Bowie. He was also associated with his band ‘New Regime’ as the music composer and lead guitarist. While he was with the band, he performed at the ‘Toronto Beaches International jazz Festival’ as well as ‘Orillia Blues Festival’. He even collaborated with the ‘Northern Pikes’ for musical performances under the label ‘Les Stroud and the Pikes’. He performed with them from 2005-2006, after which an EP album was created and released in 2007 named ‘Long Walk Home’. After some years, Les was inspired for a career-change and transformed into a wilderness guide. He produced many survival programs for channels, like ‘The Discovery Channel’, ‘YTV’, ‘The Science Channel’ etc.
In 2001, Les Stroud produced two shows for discovery Canada named ‘Winter in the Wilderness’ and ‘One Week in the Wilderness’. After the success of these shows, ‘Survivorman’ was developed in which Les was left alone to fight the extreme situations that nature presented him with. He even shot a documentary after he married and went into the wild with his wife. The documentary was named ‘Snowshoes and Solitude’. Over time, he documented two more special shows named ‘Stranded’ and ‘Off the Grid with Les Stroud’. The former showed him fighting the wild, while the latter follows his and his family’s journey from a normal home to an off the grid self-built house in which they had to adjust in order to be close to nature. He has occasionally hosted many shows, like ‘I Shouldn’t Be Alive’. Les has also been on reality and evening shows, such as ‘Larry King Live’, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ etc. In 2010, the second installment of his famous show, ‘Survivorman’ came out. It was named ‘Beyond Survival with Les Stroud’.
Awards and Achievements
• ‘Best Blues Act’, ‘Best Overall’, ‘Best Acoustic/Folk Act’- Spirit of the North music festival, New Liskeard, Ontario.
• ‘Best Documentary’- Muskoka Film Festival (Snowshoes and Solitude)
• ‘Best Film’- Waterwalker Film Festival’ (Snowshoes and Solitude)
• Nominated for six Gemini Awards (Survivorman)
Net Worth of Les Stroud
Les Stroud’s net worth is $7 million, which he has attained with his knack for the wilderness and painstaking efforts.
Les Stroud has been passionate about his career consistently and has helped many people survive the wild with his shows and guiding skills. All his fortune is the result of his work in the music industry as well as his production of several survival shows.