TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - ACTRA Toronto is proud to announce R.H.
Thomson as the recipient of the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.
The award will be presented at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto ceremony and
show to be held at The Carlu on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Thomson trained at LAMDA and the National Theatre School, which honoured
him with the Gascon-Thomas Award in 1997. He is a leading actor who has
been dedicated to working in Canada for the past 30 years. His film
honours include a Genie Award for If You Could See What I Hear and nominations for Ticket to Heaven, Samuel Lount and The Lotus Eaters. His television awards include a Gemini Award for playing Dr. Frederick
Banting in Glory Enough for All and nominations for The Englishman's Boy; Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks; Ford and the Machine; Screen Two; And Then You Die and for his continuing role as Jasper Dale in Avonlea. He has provided voice narration on a number of projects and was the
host of Man Alive for three seasons. His performances on stage have also been recognized,
with a Dora Award for Hand to Hand and a nomination for Someone Who Will Watch Over Me.
Thomson developed work of his own for television, winning a Gemini for
Best News and Current Affairs in 2003 for Lost Boys based on his great-uncles' experiences in World War I. His installation,
Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil, commemorated the 68,000 Canadians who lost their lives in that war.
He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 and was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.
Said Dave Sparrow, President of ACTRA Toronto, "R.H. has been an arts
activist for decades. I've ridden the lobby bus to Ottawa with him and
his ACTRA colleagues since 2003 to talk culture with politicians. Until
2010, that is, when Thomson convinced us to start taking the train for
The annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto recognize outstanding performances by
ACTRA Toronto members and celebrate accomplishment and excellence in
our industry. Three juried awards will be presented in addition to the
Award of Excellence: the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performance:
Female, Male, and Voice.
ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing
over 15,000 of Canada's 22,000 professional performers working in the
English-language recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian
culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven organization that
continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional
Image with caption: "R.H. Thomson (CNW Group/ACTRA Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131125_C4812_PHOTO_EN_33820.jpg
SOURCE: ACTRA Toronto
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