This list contains many famous people who are Canadian. They are not listed in any particular order.
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892)...
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University but, after graduating, drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition. He landed his first professional film job as art director...
The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland
, among others. Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint John...
Carrie-Anne Moss was born on August 21, 1967, in Vancouver, British Columbia, as youngest of two children of Barbara and Melvyn Moss. At age 20, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling; in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice
, which was produced in Barcelona for its first season...
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony
Barry Robert Pepper was born on April 4, 1970, in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, as the youngest of three sons. He has two older brothers named Alex and Doug Pepper. The Peppers didn't stick around Campbell River for too long. They had been building a ship in their backyard for years. When Barry was five years old...
Alanis Nadine Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, on June 1st 1974. Alanis' Greek name is a feminine version of her father's name, Alan. Her mother's name's Georgia and she has two brothers: Chad and Wade (Alanis' Twin). She learned to play the piano at age 6 and the guitar at age 21. In 1986 Alanis made a single called Fate Stay With Me (b-side: Find The Right Man)...
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the know-how to performing live...
William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner was born in Côte Saint-Luc...
Paul Gross is the elder of two brothers. He was an Army brat; his father, Bob Gross, was a Tank Commander in the Canadian Army. As a consequence Paul and his family moved around a lot: he has lived in Canada, the U.S, England and Germany. Paul was introduced to acting in his early teens, while the Gross family was in Washington...
Wendy Crewson was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She attended Westwood Collegiate and was first exposed to acting when she performed in The Boy Friend in grade 10.
Gabrielle Miller is on the fast track to becoming one of Canada's foremost actors. She has lead roles in two of Canada's hottest shows - Corner Gas
and Robson Arms
. But these are not the first popular screen appearances that she has made. Gabrielle has been acting since she was seventeen and has made a significant impact on her trade...
Born in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 3000) as the youngest of seven children. Brent began doing stand-up comedy in 1988. He was soon headlining top clubs and theatres across Canada, and has been selected to represent his country at both the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival...
Janet Wright was born in 1945 in England and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was raised in a family of theatre actors. Her siblings are: Anne Wright, John Wright and Susan Wright. Janet had the chance to work with her two sisters, Susan and Anne, in the theater play "Les Belles Soeurs"...
Tara Spencer-Nairn's big breakout role came in 1999 when she was cast as the tough Bronx-raised teen in the festival darling, New Waterford Girl
. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, and received seven Genie Award nominations including Best Picture. In 2002...
Nancy Robertson is a Canadian actress, best known for portraying Wanda Dollard of the Canadian television series Corner Gas, and for her role as Millie Upton in the series Hiccups. Robertson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Robertson appeared in the mockumentary film The Delicate Art of Parking with fellow Corner Gas star Fred Ewanuick...
Gordon Edward Pinsent was born on July 12, 1930 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, to Florence (Cooper) and Stephen Arthur Pinsent. Gordon was known as "Porky" as a child, and dreamed of performing as early as he can remember. He served with the Royal Canadian Regiment from 1948-51. Gordon received an L.L.D...
Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim
, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim
, a Canadian-born clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. Haim broke into the film industry in 1984, playing a young child caught up in a family war in the movie Firstborn
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
Multi-platinum artist Michael Bublé grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was introduced to swing music and old standards by his grandfather, who offered his services for free as a professional plumber to musicians who were willing to let Michael sing a couple of songs with them on stage...
Canadian Justin Drew Bieber was born in London, Ontario, the son of Pattie Mallette
and Jeremy Bieber
. Pattie became pregnant when she was 18 years old, and raised him as a single mother. Justin is of French-Canadian (mother) and German, Irish, Scottish, and English (father) descent. As a child, Bieber showed a strong interest in music...
Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984, to Judith-Rosanne (Loshaw) and Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne. She is of French-Canadian (father) and English, Scottish, and German (mother) descent. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut album. She dropped out of high school after the 11th grade when she secured a record deal...
Hayden Christensen was born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents, Alie and David Christensen, are in the communications business. He is of Danish (father) and Swedish and Italian (mother) descent. Hayden grew up in Markham, Ontario, with siblings Kaylen, Hejsa, and Tove...
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Trebek graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Philosophy. After his first decision to become a newscaster, he joined the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), Canada's premier network in 1961. As he was working, he helped organize national news and covered a variety of special events for CBC's radio and television divisions...
Brendan James Fraser was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Canadian parents Carol Mary (Genereux), a sales counselor, and Peter Fraser, a journalist and travel executive. He is of Irish, Scottish, German, Czech, and French-Canadian ancestry. As his parents frequently moved, Brendan can claim affinity with Ottawa...
Born in Ajax, Ontario, Corey's career in front of the camera began as a baby model at the tender age of six months. Modelling soon led to work in commercials. At seven years old, he landed his first acting job in the ABC mini-series "Family Pictures", alongside screen veterans Angelica Houston and Sam Neill. The experience convinced young Corey that he had found his passion...
Dave Thomas is a founding partner and President of Animax Entertainment, an animation company based in Van Nuys with an office in Toronto. Animax does a lot of work for Disney and won a broadband animation Emmy for "Off Mikes" (ESPN) in 2006. Animax animated a show called "Slacker Cats" for ABC Family and is currently working on the animated series "Bob & Doug" for Global TV...
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck
and Planes, Trains & Automobiles
. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
Michael John Myers was born in 1963 in Scarborough, Ontario, to Alice E. (Hind), an officer supervisor, and Eric Myers, an insurance agent. His parents were both English, and had served in the Royal Air Force and British Army, respectively. Myers' television career really started in 1988, when he joined Saturday Night Live
Elias Toufexis has become an actor with a fan base and cult following around the world. He has played dozens of major characters on television in shows like. Bitten, Lost Girl, Alphas, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville, Eureka, Houdini & Doyle and particularly memorable characters on Supernatural and The Expanse Elias has amassed quite a following in the Science Fiction/Fantasy community...
Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She became internationally known for playing Kim Bauer in the series 24
; Danielle in the teen comedy film The Girl Next Door
and Carly Jones in the 2005 in of House of Wax
. She was voted the sexiest actress in the world in 2015 by the magazine Glam'Mag...
The story goes that huggable stand-up comedian Howie Mandel, who ran a carpet business once upon a time, began his show biz career by chance while catching amateur night at the Comedy Store on the L.A. Sunset Strip during a vacation. Goaded on by friends to try out, a producer spotted him, hired him for an appearance on the comedy game show "Make Me Laugh," and the rest is history...
Jim Carrey, Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy In Living Color
but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
, Dumb & Dumber
and The Mask
established him as a bankable comedy actor...
Rick began his career as a radio DJ while he was still at high school which led to him writing, producing and being on air in his own show. He joined the Canadian TV series SCTV
winning an Emmy for writing and portraying the character Bob McKenzie which became the basis for the film _Strange Brew_ which he co-wrote...
Bryan Adams is a Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter, photographer, and activist. In 1994, Adams performed the song "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" for the movie Don Juan DeMarco. In 2002, he co-wrote and performed the songs for the DreamWorks animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron...
Caroline Dhavernas commands the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty, talent and poise. Beginning her career at age 11, the Montreal native is already an acclaimed young actress who has also made her mark in Hollywood. She is the recipient of two Gemeaux Awards, one for "Best...
Michael Greyeyes is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an actor, choreographer and director, who first began his career with the National Ballet of Canada. Recent works include Passchendaele (feature film), The Threshing Floor (a dance work he co-choreographed with Santee Smith)...
James Kot's first Feature Film role came as the young soldier 'Skinner' in Paul Gross' World War I drama, Passchendaele. Passchendaele was the premiere film of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and remains the biggest budget Canadian production of all time. James Kot graduated from the University of Victoria with a Degree in Acting.
Leslie Hope was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Leslie Ann Hope. She is an actress, director, and producer. As an actor she is known for Never Back Down (2008), 24 (2001) and Talk Radio (1988). She directed and wrote 'Gaykeith' and produced and directed the award-winning documentary 'What I See When I Close My Eyes'...
Studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, as well as Improv at The Second City in Los Angeles and Toronto. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, John Reardon is one of three children, and is part of a large extended family of over 300 cousins living in Canada's Maritimes. During his school years...
Born in Halifax to a Canadian Navy father, Art's mother soon had him back in their home town of Toronto, Ontario. He grew up in the "Beaches" of Toronto a big fan of Elvis Presley
and rock n' roll. Although shy as a child, he grew to be a rebellious and independent teenager. This lead him to much traveling...
Joe Cobden (born October 7, 1978 in Canada) found his first taste of acting while as an 11-year-old child busker on the street. As a busker, Joe toured all over Europe and America before deciding to focus on finishing out his education. He attended Concordia University's renowned Theatre Performance Program in Montreal and worked extensively across several Canadian stages...
Craig Anthony Olejnik
Craig Olejnik was born in Halifax, Canada. He graduated from High School in Nova Scotia. His father was in the Canadian military. His grandfather was a soldier and POW in a concentration camp for five years in Poland during WW2. Later after his release, his grandparents immigrated to Canada from Poland...
Halifax native, Amy Kerr, began her career as a model at the age of fifteen. A multiple award winner at myriad modeling and acting competitions, as well as beauty pageants, Amy has booked many Internet, print and billboard campaigns including Kameleon Jewelry, uMame Maternity, Metrin Skincare, Bodog...
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Phyllis Fox
(née Piper), a payroll clerk, and William Fox. His parents moved their ten-year-old son, his three sisters, Kelli Fox
, Karen, and Jacki, and his brother, Steven, to Vancouver, British Columbia...
Sonja O'Hara was raised in Williamswood, Nova Scotia. Starting at the age of ten, she began performing in local theatre and she knew immediately it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. By the age of 11, she was enrolled in professional acting classes and was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp where she was signed by her first agent...
Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher of part French-Canadian descent. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano
Legendary Canadian folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Stan Rogers began his professional career in 1969 and quickly became a fixture on the Canadian folk club and festival circuit. In the 1970s, he performed frequently on CBC Radio and appeared on the Canadian television variety series "John Allan Cameron"...
Polly Shannon grew up in Aylmer, Quebec, with her mother (a Canadian Script-Writer for children's television) and her father (Director-General of Health Canada). She was given a deadline of the age of 25 to make it or break it as an actress, and she's more then met that quota. In 1999, alone, she's...
Roy Dupuis was born on April 21, 1963, in New Liskeard, Ontario. He spent a significant portion of his childhood (from early infancy until he was eleven years old) in Amos, which is in a region of Québec called Abitibi. For the next three years, he lived in Kapuskasing, Ontario, where he learned to speak English...
James Gallanders was born at Scarborough General Hospital on February 9th, 1970 in Toronto, Ontario. Raised in Oshawa, James discovered acting at a young age as a means to overcome his stutter. Having found his voice, James became heavily involved in theatre in his community and at school. After graduating from York University in 1993 with a BFA in their Acting Program...
Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the title...
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies...
Dustin Milligan was born on July 28, 1985 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada as Dustin Wallace Milligan. He is an actor, writer and producer, known for Extract (2009), 90210 (2010), Schitt's Creek (2014), Silicon Valley (2015), Me Him Her (2015) and Dirk Gently (2016). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Alex Zahara was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. . Alex attended high school at the Grande Prairie Composite High School where he won a scholarship to college for his direction of the stage version of "M*A*S*H". He was inducted to the wall of honor at GPCH, where former alumni include Olympic Silver Medalist Willie DeWitt and World Skeleton Champion Michelle Skelly...
Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas
and Donald Sutherland
, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas
, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led the national NDP party for almost 10...
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
Sarah Chalke was born on 27 August 1976 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her parents are Angie Chalke
and Doug Chalke. She is the middle child, having one older sister, Natasha Chalke, and one younger, Piper Chalke
. Sarah made her acting debut in a made-for-TV movie, City Boy
. In 1993, after her first film...
Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in 1925...
Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965, the middle of three daughters to Clarence and Sharon Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was age 6, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa native from Timmins, Ontario, who adopted her as his own...
Best known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights
, actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens. Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, British Columbia...
Elias Koteas was born on March 11, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. Both his parents are of Greek descent. Elias attended Vanier College in Montreal before leaving to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1981, of which he is a graduate. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City...
Kevin Joseph Zegers started acting at the tender age of six. He has starred in more than 40 films, including Air Bud
, Dawn of the Dead
, and Transamerica
, and has also appeared in several modeling campaigns. Kevin was born in Woodstock, Ontario, to Mary-Ellen (Veldman), a teacher, and James Zegers...