Awesome Canadians

Oh Canada! These are my favourite awesome Canadians in alphabetical order. By last name.
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“ Royal Canadian Air Farce ” - minuteegg
 
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Bryan Adams
Canadian Bryan Adams rose to popularity in 1983 with the release of his third album, "Cuts Like a Knife". The album made him popular throughout the United States. However, it was his fourth album "Reckless", which is referred to as one of the best albums of the 1980s that made him an international superstar and gave him his first Grammy nomination...
“ Canadian music legend ” - minuteegg
 
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Patrick J. Adams
Actor, Suits
A "master artist" according to Variety and "tour-de-force" according to Backstage, Patrick J. Adams has starred as a fraudulent lawyer, a superhero, a veteran, a pro tennis player, and dozens of other memorable characters on stage and screen. For six seasons Adams has charmed audiences worldwide, as Mike Ross in USA's hit drama...
 
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Malin Akerman
Actress, Watchmen
Malin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, Pia (Sundström), is a model and aerobics instructor, and her father, Magnus Åkerman, is an insurance broker. They moved to Toronto when she was age 2. At age 5, she began appearing in TV commercials. Her parents divorced when she was 6 and her father returned to Sweden...
 
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Pamela Anderson
Actress, V.I.P.
Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada at 4:08 PST. During her childhood, she moved to the city of Vancouver with her parents, Barry Anderson and Carol Anderson. As a teenager, she went to Highland Secondary School. Pamela was first "discovered" at a British Columbia Lions football game...
“ Baywatch, Barb Wire ” - minuteegg
 
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Paul Anka
Soundtrack, Jaws
Canadian-born Paul Anka first achieved success in the 1950s as a teenage singing star (and, for the times, an unusual one in that he wrote many of his own songs). Although he appeared in several films, and was quite believable as a nervous, hyper young soldier in The Longest Day (for which he also composed the theme music)...
“ Crooner and songwriter of Sinatra's signature tune "My Way" ” - minuteegg
 
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“ Canadian heavy metal icons ” - minuteegg
 
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Will Arnett
Will Arnett is a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He played George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox series Arrested Development. He also appeared in films such as The Lego Movie (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017)...
“ Arrested Development ” - minuteegg
 
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Aaron Ashmore
Actor, Smallville
Aaron was born one minute before his twin, Shawn Ashmore, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. He is the son of homemaker Linda and manufacturing engineer Rick. When they were 10, their mother was a part of a club called the "Multiple Births Association," or as Aaron likes to call it, "The Multiple Rugrats." The support group...
 
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Shawn Ashmore
Shawn Robert Ashmore was born one minute after his twin brother Aaron in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, on October 7, 1979. He is the son of Linda, a homemaker, and Rick Ashmore, a manufacturing engineer. By the age of seven, when their mother became a part of the Multiple Births Association in Alberta...
 
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Dan Aykroyd
Writer, Ghostbusters
Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to Lorraine Hélène (Gougeon), a secretary from a French-Canadian family, and Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer who advised prime minister Pierre Trudeau. Aykroyd attended Carleton University in 1969, where he majored in Criminology and Sociology...
“ SCTV, SNL, Ghost Busters, Grosse Point Blank, many more ” - minuteegg
 
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“ Music legend (BTO, Guess Who) ” - minuteegg
 
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Conrad Bain
Usually sized up as an erudite gent, advice-spouting father or uptight, pompous neighbor, the acting talents of Conrad Bain were best utilized on stage and on TV. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, on February 4, 1923, Conrad Stafford Bain was a twin son (the other was named Bonar) born to Stafford Harrison Bain...
 
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Boyd Banks
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Boyd Banks started his entertainment career at 17, when he won a contest for Best Stand Up Comedian in Edmonton, Alberta. After spending several years doing comedy in Vancouver, British Columbia, Banks moved to Toronto, where he began acting. Boyd's first roles were in various comedy series such as the cult favourite The Kids in the Hall...
 
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Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on the hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark?...
 
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Adam Beach
Adam Beach was born in Ashern, Manitoba, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg...
 
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Samantha Bee
Studied at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. She waited tables for five years, did some theatre work and the odd commercial. Even kept her comedic bent alive in the Toronto sketch comedy group, the Atomic Fireballs, she formed with three other women.
“ The Daily Show ” - minuteegg
 
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Justin Bieber
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...
“ Successful pop singer ” - minuteegg
 
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Rachel Blanchard
Actress, Road Trip
Rachel attended Havergal college, an all girls school in Toronto. After high school she went on to attend Queens university in Kingston, Ontario Canada. To prepare for her role as Cher in the Clueless TV series, Rachel actually did go to some high schools in L.A. where she was surprised to find out that the scene was somewhat like the movie portrayed...
 
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Ben Blue
Ben Blue was a movie and TV comedian born on September 12, 1901, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Emigrating to the US, he became a dance instructor and dance school owner, as well as a nightclub proprietor. He began his film career in short subjects for Warner Brothers in 1926, and later worked at the Hal Roach Studios...
 
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Kristin Booth
Actress, YPF
Kristin Booth is a versatile performer experienced in film, television and theatre. Booth's feature film credits include several Toronto International Film Festival film selections, including Defendor and This Beautiful City; as well as the heist thriller, Foolproof, opposite Ryan Reynolds, On the Line, Detroit Rock City, Gossip, Cruel Intentions 2 and Kardia...
 
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Lynda Boyd
Lynda Boyd has been an actress for over 20 years. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a versatile performer with an extensive stage, television, film, animation and radio career. She is the mom in the Disney sequel Angels in the Endzone. She was the voice of Viv the bunny on the Fox cartoon series Littlest Pet Shop...
 
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“ Iconic Canadian comedian, Royal Canadian Air Farce staple ” - minuteegg
 
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Geneviève Bujold
Actress, Dead Ringers
Genevieve Bujold spent her first twelve school years in Montreal's oppressive Hochelaga Convent where opportunities for self-expression were limited to making welcoming speeches for visiting clerics. As a child she felt 'as if I were in a long dark tunnel trying to convince myself that if I could ever get out there was light ahead'...
 
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Raymond Burr
Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He and his mother moved to Vallejo...
“ Ironsides ” - minuteegg
 
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Brent Butt
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...
“ Corner Gas, Hiccups ” - minuteegg
 
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James Cameron
Writer, Aliens
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 before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his screenwriting ambition...
“ Hugely successful director of Titanic, Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, Avatar and many more ” - minuteegg
 
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Neve Campbell
Actress, Party of Five
Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five. Described as TV's most believable teenager...
“ Party of 5 ” - minuteegg
 
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“ Da Vinci's Inquest & Da Vinci's City Hall ” - minuteegg
 
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John Candy
Actor, Spaceballs
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...
“ Canadian comedy legend. SCTV, several John Hughes films (Home Alone, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck) ” - minuteegg
 
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Lorne Cardinal
Actor, Insomnia
Lorne Cardinal is an Actor and Director well known for his role as "Sergeant Davis Quinton" on 6 seasons of CTV's Corner Gas. Following the series, Lorne has starred in the films Rust with Corbin Bernsen Disney's Flicka 2, Path of Souls, The Shape of Rex, Pilgrims and as 'Zach Ward' on CBC's Arctic Air...
“ Corner Gas ” - minuteegg
 
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Jim Carrey
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...
“ Canadian comedy legend, In Living Color, Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Man on the Moon ” - minuteegg
 
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Jack Carson
When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In. After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, musicals and a few westerns...
 
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Kim Cattrall
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family emigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she returned to her native country and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
“ Sex in the City, several movies ” - minuteegg
 
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Tom Cavanagh
Actor, Ed
Thomas Cavanagh was born on October 26th, 1963 in Ottawa, Ontario, the second-oldest of five children. His close-knit family moved to Ghana, Africa when Tom was six. His father educated teachers there. The family moved back to Canada before Tom started high school (which he attended in southern Quebec)...
 
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Michael Cera
Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga Public School...
“ Arrested Development, Juno ” - minuteegg
 
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Sarah Chalke
Actress, Scrubs
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...
“ Scrubs, Roseanne ” - minuteegg
 
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Justin Chatwin
Justin Chatwin is an actor, known for playing Tom Cruise's character's son in War of the Worlds. Successfully starred in his first American miniseries, Traffic, followed by the movies Taking Lives, The Invisible, and The Chumscrubber. He also had appearances in the episodic series Smallville , Lost, and Weeds...
 
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Maury Chaykin
The award-winning Canadian-American character actor Maury Chaykin was born on July 27, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Professor Irving J. Chaykin and his wife Clarice. Irving Chaykin, an American citizen, taught accountancy at the City College of New York. The former Clarice Bloomfield, his mother...
“ Beloved Canadian character actor ” - minuteegg
 
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Don Cherry
Donald Stewart "Don" Cherry was born February 5, 1934. Don is a Canadian ice hockey commentator for CBC Television and sports writer. Don is a retired professional hockey player and NHL coach. Cherry co-hosts the "Coach's Corner" intermission segment on the long-running Canadian sports program "Hockey Night in Canada"...
“ Former NHL coach, co-anchor of Hockey Night in Canada's "Coach's Corner" ” - minuteegg
 
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Rae Dawn Chong
Actress, Commando
Rae Dawn Chong was born February 28, 1961 in Edmonton, Canada to Maxine Sneed and Tommy Chong. After a few film and television spots, Rae Dawn earned a Genie for her performance in Jean-Jacques Annaud's prehistoric-drama Quest for Fire. She played the young, Ivaka prisoner, Ika. Other notables roles include Harpo's girlfriend "Squeek"...
 
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“ Of "Cheech & Chong" fame ” - minuteegg
 
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Emmanuelle Chriqui
Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?...
 
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Hayden Christensen
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...
“ Star Wars: Episode 1 ” - minuteegg
 
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Al Christie
Producer, Know Thy Wife
Born the second son to George Wiseman Christie and Mary Ann Jarvis Christie (George's second wife, his first wife was named Mary Reynolds Christie, and died prematurely) Al and his older brother Charles grew up in the household of a single mother and a half-sister, Anne, as George, a longtime military man turned police constable...
 
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Charles Christie
Director, 813
Charles H.V. Christie, the motion picture studio owner and real estate developer, was born on April 14, 1880 in London, Ontario, Canada. He emigrated to the United States with his younger brother Al to seek employment in the film industry. Al eventually became head of comedy production at Adolph Zukor's Universal Film Manufacturing Co...
 
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Kim Coates
Kim's film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout. Two Warner Brothers' hits followed: Innocent Blood and The Client. Since that time he has starred in over forty films, including Academy Award winners Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, and Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay. Other films include Waterworld and Open Range with Kevin Costner...
 
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“ Canadian rocker, "Life is a Highway" ” - minuteegg
 
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Leonard Cohen
Soundtrack, Watchmen
“ Canadian music and poetry legend ” - minuteegg
 
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“ Veronica Mars, Flashpoint, Galaxy Quest ” - minuteegg
 
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“ Canadian music legend ” - minuteegg
 
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Ernie Coombs
Ernie Coombs was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 26, 1927. He studied commercial art but an interest in theatre led to painting scenary. In the earlier part of his career, he worked with Pittsburgh Miniature Theatre, a touring children's theatre, and at WQED-TV. In 1963, he met Fred Rogers and came with Fred to Canada to work as a puppeteer on Mr Rogers...
“ Beloved children's TV show host "Mr. Dressup" ” - minuteegg
 
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Christina Cox
The youngest of three girls, Christina was born just outside Toronto. She carried a double major of theater and dance at the prestigious Arts York at Unionville High School. She went on to further her training at the Ryerson Theatre School of Toronto, among such alumni as Eric McCormack and David James Elliott...
 
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Wendy Crewson
Actress, Room
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.
 
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David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
 
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Neil Crone
Neil is an actor and writer. He has performed in dozens of television and radio commercials, TV shows and is the voice of numerous animation characters every Saturday morning. A Second City veteran Improvisor, host, stand-up comic and winner of a Canadian Comedy Award, Neil is also an award-winning newspaper columnist and children's author.
 
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Burton Cummings
Soundtrack, American Beauty
Burton Cummings got his start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada performing in a number of bands. Ultimately, the Guess Who became one of the most popular of all rock bands in the 1970s. Cummings came into contact with several other Winnipeg musicians. Randy Bachman was part of the Guess Who for many years before starting his own band...
 
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Elisha Cuthbert
Actress, 24
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...
 
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Geraint Wyn Davies
Geraint Wyn Davies was born in Swansea, Wales on April 20, 1957. His father is a semi-retired Welsh congregational minister and his mother, a retired teacher, who was headmistress of Geraint's first school. At the age of seven, his family moved to Canada where he attended Upper Canada College then the...
 
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Nicole de Boer
Actress, Cube
Nicole de Boer began her acting career as a child in her hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A shy child, she one day came home and, to the astonishment of her family, told them she had gotten the lead in the play "The Wizard of Oz". With the blessing of her parents, her grandmother helped her to find an agent and shortly afterward...
 
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Joseph De Grasse
Joseph Louis DeGrasse (May 4, 1873 - May 25, 1940) was born into a French Canadian family. He is the son of Lange DeGrasse and Ellen Comeaux of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Joseph is the older brother of actor Samuel DeGrasse. There were 11 siblings. Joe immigrated to the USA around 1880 as a young child...
 
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Sam De Grasse
Actor Samuel Alfred DeGrasse (June 12, 1875 - November 29, 1953) was born into a French Canadian family. He is the son of Lange DeGrasse and Ellen Comeaux of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Sam is the younger brother of Director Joseph DeGrasse. There were 11 siblings. Sam immigrated to the USA around 1880 as a young child...
 
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Gerry Dee
Writer, Mr. D
Gerry Dee is the son of Scottish immigrant parents. Born in Scarborough and raised in Toronto. Former high school physical education teacher. He was the first Canadian ever to win the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition. Played Varsity hockey at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Gerry is a two handicap in golf.
 
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Colleen Dewhurst
Actress, Annie Hall
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...
 
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Caroline Dhavernas
Actress, Hannibal
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...
 
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Hugh Dillon
Actor, Flashpoint
Combining acting with a distinguished career as a singer songwriter, Hugh Dillon earned notoriety as the lead singer in the multi-platinum punk rock band, the Headstones. It was early on in the band's success when Hugh caught the attention of legendary filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Roadkill)...
 
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Céline Dion
Soundtrack, Titanic
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...
 
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Nina Dobrev
Nikolina "Nina" Constantinova Dobreva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Canada at the age of two and has lived in Toronto, Ontario ever since. From a very young age, she showed great enthusiasm and talent for the arts: Dance, Gymnastics, Theatre, Music, Visual arts, and Acting! Modeling jobs led to commercials...
 
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Lexa Doig
Actress, Andromeda
Toronto native Alexandra Doig was born on June 8th, 1973, to Filipina mother Gloria and Irish-Scottish father David. Her parents held season tickets to their local theater, and Lexa was inspired to begin acting after seeing a production of "Porgy and Bess" at the age of nine. She dropped out of high school in grade 13...
 
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Fifi D'Orsay
Although she made her career playing the quintessential Parisian coquette, Fifi D'Orsay was actually a Canadian. She was born Yvonne Lussier in Montreal, Québec, in 1904. At the age of 20 she arrived in New York, determined to become an actress. She was met by Helen Morgan, whom she knew from Montreal...
 
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Marie Dressler
Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit...
 
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