Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Actor and avid motorcyclist Ewan McGregor awarded OBE.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or the OBE, is the order of chivalry and one of the 2013 honors was awarded to motorcycle enthusiast Ewan McGregor for his contributions and services to charity and drama. Bestowed Officer of the Order of the British Empire, his support for Unicef, Riders for Health and Macmillan Cancer charity are a few of several charitable causes that earned the Scottish actor and avid motorcyclist’s the prestigious honor.
Sharing his love of two wheels and passion for adventure, in 2004 McGregor and actor Charley Boorman, a self described motorbike fanatic set out for an epic motorcycle journey they chronicled in the book and documentary called Long Way Round. Their travels of riding motorcycles 20,000-miles and going through 12 countries all in a matter of 115 days was larger than life and in addition helped raise awareness for the UNICEF projects they visited along the way. The duo followed up their movie motorcycle expedition with the Long Way Down, another two-wheel motorcycle trip they filmed in 2007
In April 2012, McGregor appeared in a two-part BBC documentary entitled Ewan McGregor: Cold Chain Mission. The adventure with a cause covers the actor traveling by motorcycle and various other means of travel to deliver vaccines to youth in remote parts of India, Republic of Congo and Nepal and included his work as a UNICEF Ambassador.
McGregor is a common face supporting the motorcycle driven charity Rider’s for Health. Active among the motorcycle community Rider’s for Health provides access to health care for millions of people in Africa. Inspiring videos sharing the work of the organization can be seen narrated by the actor. In addition, McGregor has been an ongoing supporter of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) raising thousands to help terminally ill children and their hospices needs.
Whether Ewan McGregor is shifting to reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels or discussing modifications on his R1150GS BMW motorcycle, his focus is unwavering in his contributions and services to others.
Congrats Ewan McGregor for making a positive difference on the road less traveled. May the force be with you.