The Canadians Among Us

Yep.  They’re here.  In fact, they’ve always been here.  From the earliest days of movies and television, Canadians have been a big part of our entertainment. 

If you’ve read my previous blog entries, it should not come as a surprise that I love Canada.  It’s my second favorite country.  I’ve visited there several times.  My best friend is Canadian.  And while most people may not claim friendship with a citizen of Canada, there’s little doubt that many of our favorite actors and actresses have come from there.

Mary Pickford, one of the biggest stars of the silent era, was Canadian.  Fay Wray, who broke King Kong’s heart, was from Alberta.  Quebec-born Glenn Ford was a leading man in comedies, westerns, and film noir.  On television, the stalwart Perry Mason was played by British Columbia-born Raymond BurrLorne Greene, who played the patriarch of the Cartwright clan on Bonanza, was born and raised in Ontario.  And Captain Kirk of the classic series Star Trek was played by William Shatner from Montreal.

So in a belated salute to Canada Day (July 1st), I’ve listed below some Canadian actors and actresses from movies and television, both past and present.  You’ll probably see a favorite noted there.  And you might be surprised to learn where they’re originally from. 


Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty, Dumb and Dumber, The Truman Show)
Wendy Crewson (Air Force One, The Santa Clause movies)
Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl, The Ides of March, The Notebook)
Bruce Greenwood (Eight Below, Star Trek, Thirteen Days)
Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory, The Notebook, The Vow)
Mike Myers (Austin Powers movies, Shrek movies, Wayne’s World)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station, The Sound of Music)
Ryan Reynolds (The Change-up, Definitely Maybe, The Proposal)
Donald Sutherland (The Dirty Dozen, The Hunger Games, M*A*S*H)


Len Cariou (Blue Bloods)
Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City)
Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Veronica Mars)
Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly)
Michael J. Fox (Family Ties)
Victor Garber (Alias)
Paul Gross (Due South, Slings & Arrows)
Stana Katic (Castle)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Eric McCormack (Will & Grace)
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
Anna Paquin (True Blood)
Sasha Roiz (Grimm)
Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch)

And, finally, one actor who, sadly, is no longer among us, but one I want to acknowledge.  Cory Monteith brought talent, warmth, and charm to Glee.  He’ll be greatly missed.

The list is by no means complete.  There are far too many Canadians in show biz to list here.  But who would you add?

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