Rutger Hauer

The Netherlands’ most famous actor has joined the Sea Shepherd Board of Advisors.

The star of Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, and a score of other major films is cast to play Sea Shepherd’s Chief Engineer in the movie Ocean Warrior.

Rutger Hauer has been a Sea Shepherd supporter for many years. In May 1997, he personally visited Captain Paul Watson while he was being held as a prisoner at Lelystad prison in the Netherlands.

Mr. Hauer joins fellow actors Pierce Brosnan and Martin Sheen on the Sea Shepherd Advisory Board.


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Rafe Mair

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is honored to welcome distinguished Canadian broadcaster Rafe Mair to our Board of Advisers. Mr. Mair, after a legal and political career, spent 25 years as a broadcaster with CJOR 600, 600AM and principally with CKNW980.

In 1994 after twice being shortlisted, he received the highly coveted Michener Award for courageous journalism.  In 2003, he was awarded the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation and is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.   He has received numerous environmental awards including the 2012 Eugene Rogers Award from the BC Wilderness Committee for “outspoken determination to protect BC’s environment and wild fish from threats posed by salmon farming, private hydropower and proposed oil pipeline project.”

Mr. Mair was formerly the British Columbia Minister of Health, and before that was B.C.’s most progressive Minister of the Environment. A long-time supporter of Sea Shepherd, in 1981 he interviewed Captain Paul Watson on the air live during a tense Sea Shepherd confrontation with the Soviet Navy off the coast of Siberia.

Retired in Lions Bay, BC, Mr. Mair remains an active writer with 13 books to his credit (one, The Last Cast, on flyfishing), deeply involved in fighting fish farming, pipelines and an LNG plant on Howe Sound, and an enthusiastic supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


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Sam Simon (posthumous)

Sam Simon is the acclaimed television writer, producer, and director of “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “The Simpsons,” which he co-created. He is the recipient of eleven Emmys and a Peabody award. A longtime member of the National Boards of Save the Children and Peta, Sam is the founder of The Sam Simon Foundation, whose mission is to “save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.” The Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program adopts dogs facing death in shelters and trains them to be certified assistance dogs, which are given free to the deaf and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Foundation also has a highly successful Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, which is Los Angeles’s largest provider of free spay and neuter services to the low income, and, to date, has performed over 40,000 surgeries. Once a week, the clinic also provides low income Los Angeles residents with any other free surgery needed by their pets. In 2011, Sam founded The Sam Simon Foundation: Feeding Families, a mobile vegan food bank that will feed 150 unemployed families a day. The Sam Simon Foundations do not accept donations and are funded entirely by Sam himself. Sam managed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lamon Brewster, and was named 2004 Manager of the Year by the World Boxing Organization. Sam is a frequent guest on “The Howard Stern Show” and is a champion poker player with many tournament wins and seven cashes at the World Series of Poker.