Matt connects with millions as an ambassador of fitness and green living
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada presented Actor and TEDx motivational speaker Matt Hill The Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). The Governor General, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Canadians, recognizes outstanding accomplishments that set an example for others to follow and bring benefit to our country. www.gg.ca Matt received the Governor General Award in a ceremony on December 8th in Edmonton, Alberta.
Matt is an Ambassador of fitness and green living for youth via his Run for One Planet platform. For 30 years Matt’s career in voice over and films has connected him with millions of children around the world through the cartoons they’ve grown up with. And these iconic characters he’s lent his voice to. Like “Raphael” in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or “Tender Heart” on the Care Bears, to currently voicing “Ton Ton” on the Emmy Award winning series for Dream Works, on Netflix, Dino Trux.
It is his passion for our planet’s long term health, the health and fitness of our children and like his childhood hero, Terry Fox, running in service of something larger than oneself – that inspired this popular voice actor to run his message 11,000 miles around North America, one marathon at a time. Along with his friend Steph Tait, they co-founded Run for One Planet: http://runforoneplanet.org/ From May 2008 to May 2009 – they ran a marathon each a day, inspiring over 50,000 kids in 220 school presentations around the continent, to take small daily steps to improve our planet and their long term health.
The legacy and positive impact they had on the children of Canada and the United States is what landed Matt and the Run for One Planet message this Meritorious Service Award.
On the final day of their epic 369 day, marathon a day, continent run, 22 million single steps added up – under full police escort, they ran the final marathon across Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, changed the miles ran to 11,000, unlaced their 30th pair of runners and became the first man and woman team to run around North America. The Mayor of Vancouver proclaimed May 8th as Official “Run for One Planet Day”. They raised $130,000 for the “R41P Legacy 4 Kids fund”, which grants kids “green dreams” in schools around North America. (https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/r41p)
Matt is currently playing ‘Tach’ on the award winning series, “Kate & Mim Mim” seen on Disney Channel & Disney Jr. in the U.S. and Family channel & Knowledge Network in Canada, voicing “Ton Ton” on the Emmy Award winning new series from Dream Works “Dino Trux”, seen on Netflix and recording season two of “Super Noobs”, playing series lead ‘Tyler’ on Cartoon Network. Matt has three new series currently in recording, to be announced in early 2017.
For 30 years Matt has been the voice and actor behind some of the world’s most iconic and popular, award winning cartoon characters: like, Raphael” in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ‘Ed’ on Ed, Edd & Eddy, “Tender Heart” on the Care Bears. Using his love of athletics, Matt got to jump inside the turtle suit to bring ‘Raphael’ to life a second time in the feature film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles3”. He has shared the screen with legends like Jackie Chan in “Shanghai Knights”, playing his trusted ‘Deputy Hoss’. He worked alongside Sir Ben Kingsly in the animated feature of ”Moses”, as well as, on the Steven Spielberg produced mini series “Taken”, playing whacked out Vietnam Vet, ‘Willy’. He traveled to England to lend his voice to the award winning feature film, “A Monkey’s Tale”, playing the lead character of ‘KOM’ with English legends, Sir John Hurt, Rik Mayall, Michael York and Michael Gambon.
Matt’s voice has also brought to life some of ANIME’s most popular series and movies including ‘Kira Yamato’ on “Gundam Seed & Destiny”, ‘Benkotsu’ on “Inuyasha”, and ‘Kero’ on “Cardcaptors”, ‘Ironhide’ & ‘Carlo’s’ on “Transformers”. Matt has also been the voice behind radio campaigns for 7-11, Boston Pizza, Gatorade, Nike, Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, The Home Depot, The Bread Garden, Molson Canadian, Granville Island Brewing, Coors, Olive Garden and Whole Foods Market.
Matt continues to inspire people through his motivational speaking engagements that inspire people to believe in the power a dream and the Hero inside us all – capable of more than we ever thought was possible from ourselves, while choosing an active and healthy life to protect our environment.
Those who know Matt see his unlimited energy in everything he does. Matt’s website promotes “the four corners of Matt’s animated life” including his personal and work milestones, dreams while running his life as an Actor, Speaker and Planet Runner. His mission is simple: “To inspire in the world, with his energy and his love of people, running and our planet”. Accomplishing this mission with every word, every character and every single step he takes.
Actor Matt Hill is an accomplished inspirational and motivational speaker available for bookings, interviews and photos upon request. Please contact:
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