Each year UBCP/ACTRA presents two Sam Payne Awards to BC based performers. The Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person with an outstanding body of work in the performing arts industry. The Sam Payne Award recognizes a performer whose personal characteristics mirror those of Sam Payne.
Danny Virtue is a man who has been a staple in the Vancouver Film and Television industry for over 40 years, amassing a resume of more than 150 titles. Nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in “War for the Planet of the Apes”. He has two (2) Leo Award wins, one a Lifetime Achievement Award and the other for the feature length Drama “Gunless”. He also has two Gemini nominations for “Neon Rider”. He is currently the Stunt Coordinator for AppleTV+’s Channel flagship Television Program “SEE”.
Danny Virtue created an industry recognized full-service film studio “Virtue Ranch” which has hosted hundreds of projects and many classic Canadian Series such as “Neon Rider”, “Psych” and newer title “The Magicians” to name a few.
He is a successful Producer, Director, 2nd Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator, Stuntman, Wrangler, Horse Trainer and most importantly, founder of the Virtue Foundation. Established in 2002, The Virtue Foundation is a not for profit organization, located at the Virtue Studio Ranch in Mission BC, whose primary objective is to raise awareness for children who are physically, mentally or financially challenged. The Virtue Foundation helps numerous charities for children, including the Children’s Hospital, by providing donations throughout the year. An annual stunt show and charity drive has been at the forefront of the Virtue Foundation activities for many years.
Danny Virtue has mentored and guided countless fellow stunt performers, as well as other crew members. His support has led many to successful careers in the industry.
The Sam Payne Committee is proud to honour an esteemed member of UBCP/ACTRA for his tireless work, commitment and philanthropy.