Les Stroud has navigated through most of the things in the entertainment industry. Not only has Stroud acted in TV series, but he has also created, written, and produced several of those TV series. One of the brilliant minds behind the reality TV series Survivorman, Stroud also had a short-lived career as a musician. A full-time wilderness guide, Stroud also doubles down as a survival instructor based in Huntsville, Ontario. Over the years, Stroud has worked with several TV networks including the discovery and national geographic networks. Stroud has produced survival-themed programming for The Outdoor Life Network, The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, and YTV. In this article, we take a closer look at the biography of Les Stroud.
Les Stroud was born on the 20th of October 1961 in Mimico, Toronto, Canada. Born and raised in Toronto, Stroud is a Canadian native. He graduated from the Mimico High School before going on to complete the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. After graduating from Fanshawe college, Les worked for several years at the Toronto-based music video channel, MuchMusic. Over the years, Les also worked as the songwriter for the band New Regime.
In 1990, Stroud started working as a guide for Black Feather Wilderness Adventures. He was responsible for leading canoe excursions into the Northern Ontario wilds. After his marriage, Les opted for a year-long honeymoon in the remote Wabakimi area of Ontario. The trip became the basis for the reality TV series, Snowshoes and Solitude. This inspired Les to present even bolder ideas, which was later realized in the form of Survivorman.
In 1994, Les and his wife spent one year in the Canadian wilderness to attempt a paleolithic existence. The result was a documentary that went onto win the Best Documentary at the Muskoka Film Festival and Best Film at the Waterwalker Film Festival.
Deep within Reality TV:
Les Stroud has never looked back since Snowshoes and Solitude. His most ambitious project was the TV series, Survivorman. Inspired by the popularity of the television show Survivor, Les proposed the initial idea for Survivorman to Discovery Canada. The series hinged entirely on Les who was responsible for filming his survival in the wilderness. The series began airing in 2004 and stroud work on 23 episodes.
A career in Music:
Even though Stroud is not lauded for his musical talents, the man has is an exceptional blues harmonica player. Over the years, Les has worked as an associate producer, managing director, and also worked on videos for artists including Rush and Corey Hart. Over the years, Stroud also played with several bands including the David Bowie cover band Diamond Dogs, and New Regime. He later released his self-titled debut CD, which he says,’ a collection of diverse roots/blues and traditional folk, acoustic music that reflects the uniquely northern spirit of freedom and adventure’. Over the years, Stroud has also performed around the Muskoka area and at the Orillia Blues Festival and Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival.
As of now, Les Stroud has an estimated net worth of $6M.
Personal Life: Les Stroud divorced from wife Sue Jamison
Les Stroud married Sue Jamison in 1994. The pair met at a winter camping course. It began as a friendship and later it hit it off. Sue is an enthusiast of nature and is a big part of Les Stroud’s survival exploits. As a couple, they spent a year in bushes totally going primitive without any indoor heating or plumbing. In the one year stay in the wilderness, Sue suffered from a miscarriage and lost her first child. Later she gave birth to Raylan Stroud and Logan Stroud. In 2008, Les and Sue separated ending 14 years of marriage.
Children: Raylan and Logan Stroud
Raylan is the eldest of two children and keeps herself away from public attention. Logan, on the other hand, is not shy from joining his father in the adventures. We can say he is the one interested to learn the ropes from Les. Logan is a survivor of life as well. He was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 16 and had to spend six months in hospital.