Emmy Award-Winning Actor Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Homeland) Introduced as Global Spokesperson for World War II Foundation

Kingston, RI-February 13, 2014- The World War II Foundation is very pleased to announce that Emmy Award-winning actor Damian Lewis (Homeland, Band of Brothers) has agreed to become the Global Spokesperson for the 501c3 mission of the foundation. Lewis is best known for his role as Major Richard D. Winters in HBO’s Band of Brothers. In 2012, Damian won an Emmy Award as outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s critically acclaimed television series Homeland. Lewis also narrated Dick Winters:Hang Tough, a film produced in 2013 by the World War II Foundation, now airing nationally on PBS stations around the United States. LD_WWII_Foundation_logo_LAYERED Square 8-23-12 V2 “Damian has been a great supporter of the WWII Foundation’s efforts to chronicle the stories of the entire World War II generation,” said Tim Gray, Chairman of the WWII Foundation. “Damian’s work is recognized around the world and I could not be happier to have someone of his talent and graciousness represent our foundation.” “I am happy to serve the World War II Foundation. I support its important goal of honoring the veterans of WWII, as their numbers are dwindling every day,” said Lewis. The World War II Foundation has produced eleven documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation and was recently awarded one of only five National Programming Excellence Awards by American Public Television for its World War II Preservation Series, airing nationally on PBS stations around the country. The foundation also raised money for the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership monument in Normandy, France in 2012. The 13’ high statue is located near Utah Beach and represents all who led the way on June 6, 1944 (D-Day). Tim Gray, Chairman of the foundation, has won two New England Emmy Awards for documentary film writing. Two additional Emmys have been won by videographer Jim Karpeichik. Recently, two of the foundation’s newer films were recognized by the Indie Fest International film competition. A Promise to my Father, received an Excellence Award for writing and Maggie’s War received an Award of Merit in the documentary film category.

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