ACTRA Toronto honours R.H. Thomson

The actor and activist will be awarded the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.
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R.H. Thomson, the veteran Genie and Gemini Award-winning actor and Member of the Order of Canada, has been awarded the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.

Given in recognition of his stellar 30-year career in film, TV and theatre, Thomson said he was touched by the honour.

“It means a lot,” Thomson told Playback. “It’s a great country and it’s really nice to be acknowledged in that way.”

Thomson’s well of talent runs deep. Best known for his roles in film (You Could See What I Hear, Ticket To Heaven, Samuel Lount and The Lotus Eaters) and television (Glory Enough For All, The Englishman’s Boy, Canada’s Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks and Avonlea) among others, the Richmond Hill, ON native also hosted CBC TV’s Man Alive for three seasons and won a Dora Award for Hand to Hand.

He’s also developed his own television projects, winning a Gemini in 2003 for Best News and Current Affairs for Lost Boys, an installation called Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil that’s based on his great uncles’ experiences in World War I, and is known for providing voice narration for a number of endeavours.

Previously feted with the Gascon-Thomas Award in 1997 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, Thomson, 66, trained at LAMDA and the National Theatre School and is known for his activism.

Thomson will be presented with the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence at The Carlu during the ACTRA Awards ceremony on Feb. 22, 2014.