Famous Canadian Actors

Imagine watching Hollywood movies without the likes of Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Michael J. Fox, Leslie Nielsen, Ryan Gosling, Pamela Anderson, Eric McCormack or Christopher Plummer! Quite soulless, isn’t it? Now what if Hollywood is ripped off some of its most legendary movies like, ‘The Notebook’, ‘Back To the Future’, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, ‘Dumb and Dumber’, ‘The Matrix’ or even ‘The Sound of Music’? Bare and brazen it would be! Canadian actors have throttled much of the Hollywood film industry for generations now. Known for their inherent acting talent and skills, they have given Hollywood some of the best known films that have entertained and touched millions of lives from the world over. Born in Canada, these actors made their transition into Hollywood very swiftly and soon dominated the big screen with their superb acting, to-die-for looks, power-packed performance and natural body language. For their hard work in front of camera, Canadian actors have been bestowed with numerous awards and honors as well. Dig into this section and update yourself with a long list of Canadian actors who have steamed up the 70mm screen with their natural acting and killing expressions.

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 1 Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Lebanese

The star of John Wick, Speed and The Matrix films, Keanu Reeves has displayed his wide range as an actor, time and again. The humble Canadian actor has also famously given away his money to recognise the work of crew and to enable the production team to hire good actors.

 2 Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
The charismatic Canadian-American actor and film producer, Ryan Reynolds is best known for his work in Deadpool, Green Lantern and The Proposal. The talented star, who was once named by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, has also featured in a music video, acted in a web series, lent his voice to animation films and successfully ventured into business.
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 3 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, American

Canadian American actor, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor and a stand-up comedian at club and on stage before entering films and television. His big Hollywood break came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which catapulted him to comedy star status. His later films like The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty proved his versatility and won him critical and commercial success.

 4 Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling
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Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Ryan Gosling began his career as a child actor and gained recognition as an adult after starring in the commercially successful film, The Notebook, in 2004. Half Nelson, The Ides of March, The Big Short, La La Land and Blade Runner are some of his other popular films. He is also a musician and his band is called Dead Man's Bones.

 5 Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian actor, Hayden Christensen, is best known for his role of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. However, many critics panned his acting in both the films. Shattered Glass, Awake, Jumper, Outcast, First Kill and The Last Man are some of his other notable films.

 6 John Candy

John Candy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Died: March 4, 1994

John Candy was an important Canadian comedian and actor. In 2006, he was honored by Canada Post as he was featured on a postage stamp. Also a sports enthusiast, Candy was the co-owner of Toronto Argonauts, a football team that participates in the Canadian Football League. Under his ownership, the team won the 1991 Grey Cup.

 7 Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, British

The son of famous Canadian actors, Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland followed in his parents' footsteps to become a famous actor. Apart from being a respected and decorated actor, Kiefer is also one of the controversy's favorite children, having been on the wrong side of the law several times.

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 8 Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard
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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: December 23, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

Best known as Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things, SAG Award-winner Finn Wolfhard has also appeared in It and its sequel. He was a vocalist and guitarist for the band Calpurnia and formed the indie-pop duo The Aubreys. Named to Forbes 30 under 30, he has also directed a short film.

 9 Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

Brendan Fraser is the quintessential comical action hero of Hollywood. As a result of the stunts performed by him in movies, he has had to undergo many surgeries, including a laminectomy and partial knee replacement. He is also a successful amateur photographer and serves on the board of directors for a non-profit humanitarian organization called FilmAid International.

 10 William Shatner

William Shatner
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: March 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

Canadian actor, William Shatner, is best known for his roles in the television series Boston Legal, a legal drama for which he won two Emmy Awards and Star Trek, a science fiction adventure. He has also worked in many other sitcoms and films and has authored a number of science fiction novels. He is a singer and a spoken-word artist too.

 11 Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 13, 2013

A talented young man whose life was snatched away too soon, Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor, singer, and musician who rose to fame after playing a role in the TV show ‘Glee.’ Despite being a great actor, he had a troubled life involving substance abuse and alcoholism that eventually caused his death at the age of 31.

 12 Dan Levy

Dan Levy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 13 Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

Donald Sutherland is arguably the greatest Canadian actor of all time. In an illustrious career, that spans over more than five decades, Sutherland has played an influential role in both Canadian and American entertainment industries. He won an Academy Honorary Award in 2017 for his immense contribution to cinema. He is the father of actors Kiefer, Rossif, and Angus Sutherland.

 14 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian

 15 Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director
Birthdate: April 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American

Canadian actor Seth Rogen established himself as a bankable and popular comic actor when he starred in Hollywood films Knocked Up in 2007 and Funny People in 2009. His other notable films are Steve Jobs, The Interview, Like Father, Long Shot and An American Pickle. He is active in raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and is an open marijuana user.

 16 Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 5, 2021

Arguably the best Canadian actor of all time, Christopher Plummer is the only Canadian and one of the few actors to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award). He won the Academy Award at the age of 82, becoming the oldest person to do so. Not surprisingly, he is the most respected actor in Canada.

 17 Corey Haim

Corey Haim
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
Died: March 10, 2010

Corey Haim was one half of the popular duo The Two Coreys. He became an icon during the 1980s, thanks to his success as an actor. Despite achieving success early in his life, he was troubled by financial issues and drug addiction problems throughout his career. He eventually died of pneumonia at the age of 38.

 18 Will Arnett

Will Arnett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American

Will Arnett is widely regarded as one of the most handsome and best-looking comedians of all time; he has been named in lists like Top 15 Sexiest Nerd Boys and The 20 Hottest New Faces in Comedy. Famous for his smooth baritone voice, Will is also a popular voice actor. In 2019, he became a Canada Walk of Fame inductee.

 19 Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director
Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Mainly known for his comic roles, Canadian actor Eugene Levy has had a career spanning over six decades, with Splash, Father of the Bride, Waiting for Guffman, American Pie and American Pie 2 being some of his memorable films. He has also acted in television and found success with the hit series, Schitt's Creek. He is also a writer and director.

 20 Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman
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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: May 28, 1998

Phil Hartman was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He is credited with helping Paul Reubens develop his famous character, Pee-wee Herman, as part of his contribution to the popular comedy group The Groundlings. After he was murdered in 1998, Hartman was honored with several awards. In 2015, Rolling Stone named him one of the greatest Saturday Night Live cast members.

 21 Mike Myers

Mike Myers
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
Canadian actor Mike Myers is best known for his American Comedy Award-winning performance as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and Goldmember in the Austin Powers franchise. Mike, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is also known as the voice of Shrek and has directed an award-winning documentary.  

 22 Stephen Amell

Stephen Amell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Stephen Amell is a Canadian actor who contributed to the commencement of the popular American media franchise The Arrowverse by portraying Oliver Queen / Green Arrow on the superhero television series Arrow. Also a well-known philanthropist, Stephen Amell has hosted several fundraising campaigns to benefit charity organizations, such as Fuck Cancer, Stand For The Silent, and Paws and Stripes.

 23 Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American

Nathan Fillion is a Canadian-American actor who came into prominence after playing Malcolm Reynolds in the TV series Firefly. His popularity and style prompted public artist, Martin Firrell, to choose Fillion as his subject for two works of public art. Fillion is also credited with co-founding a non-profit organization, Kids Need to Read, along with author PJ Haarsma.

 24 Michael Cera

Michael Cera
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

Michael Cera is best known for his award-winning roles in Arrested Development, Superbad, and Juno. He has played voice roles, too. His work in theater earned him a Tony nomination. He has also toured as a bassist with an indie rock group and has released an album, True That.

 25 Robbie Amell

Robbie Amell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

Robbie Amell is a Canadian-American actor who became a US citizen, along with his wife Italia Ricci, after moving to Los Angeles. Also a producer, Robbie has played an important role in many Canadian film productions. An ice hockey enthusiast, Robbie is currently a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, although he supported the Toronto Maple Leafs while growing up.

 26 Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

Joshua Jackson is a popular Canadian-American actor who was inspired and influenced by comedian Jon Stewart during his childhood. Acting soon became his passion and he started playing prominent roles on stage, films, and TV series. Also known for his good looks, Joshua Jackson was ranked ninth in BuddyTV's list of TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010.

 27 Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

Antoni Porowski is a Polish-Canadian TV personality, actor, author, and chef. He served as the food and wine expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He is a self-taught cook. He was named the Sexiest Reality Star on People's annual list in 2019.

 28 Patrick J. Adams

Patrick J. Adams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

Patrick J. Adams is a Canadian actor who has established himself as a celebrity in the United States. He befriended Meghan Markle while filming the legal drama series Suits and was included in the guest list at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. Adams is also a passionate photographer; many of his photographs were showcased at Suits' Behind the Lens event.

 29 Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American
Tommy Chong is best known for his marijuana-themed comedy albums and films of the Cheech & Chong series, in collaboration with Cheech Marin. He was seen as Leo on That '70s Show. He supports legalization of cannabis and is a NORML board member. He has faced many legal issues, too.

 30 Jacob Tremblay

Jacob Tremblay
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

Jacob Tremblay has gained considerable fame as a child actor for his award-winning performance as Jack Newsome in the Academy Award-nominated film Room. He has also appeared in in Before I Wake, Wonder, and Good Boys. He voiced Flounder in The Little Mermaid and Blue Winslow in The Smurfs 2.

 31 Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian model and actor. Having played important roles in popular films like Battleship and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Taylor Kitsch serves as an inspiration to many aspiring actors as he managed to establish himself despite suffering from childhood problems, such as the separation of his parents at the age of one.

 32 Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter & Musician
Birthdate: April 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

Rick Moranis is one of the most popular Canadian artists to make it big in the American film industry. Best known for playing father characters in children's films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rick proved to be a great father off-screen as he took a long break from his career to take care of his children, after the death of his wife.

 33 Bret Hart

Bret Hart
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Famous As: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: July 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

 34 Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen
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Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian actor who played more than 220 characters, appearing in over 150 television programs and 100 films in a career that spanned 60 years. In the latter part of his career, he gained recognition as a comedian and went on to become one of the most popular Canadian comedians of his generation.

 35 Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American
Best known as George "Pornstache" Mendez from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Pablo Schreiber also amazed audiences with his role of Nickolas "Nick" Sobotka in The Wire. He was nominated for a Tony for his Broadway play Awake and Sing! and narrated the audiobook American Psycho.

 36 Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

Howie Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known for hosting popular TV shows, such as Deal or No Deal. In 2008, Comedy Central named him on its 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all-time list. Mandel serves as an inspiration to those suffering from ADHD and OCD as he himself suffers from these conditions.

 37 Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

Avan Jogia is a Canadian actor and singer. He gained recognition with his performance in the American biographical TV film A Girl Like Me. Also an activist, Jogia co-founded Straight But Not Narrow, a non-profit organization which aims at changing the viewpoints of straight people about the LGBTQ community. Not surprisingly, he is loved and respected within the LGBT community.

 38 Steve-O

Steve-O
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, British, American

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 39 Rick Fox

Rick Fox
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Famous As: Actor, Basketball player
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 40 Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
Jay Baruchel is best known as Josh Greenberg from the series Man Seeking Woman and as Steven Karp from Undeclared. Fans also loved him in films such as The Trotsky, She's Out of My League, and The Hangover. He voiced Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon films. 

 41 Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model
Birthdate: May 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

 42 Kris Wu

Kris Wu
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Famous As: Actor, model, singer
Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, Chinese
Chinese-Canadian actor/singer Wu Yifan, better known as Kris Wu, previously performed as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. He has also had a successful solo career, with hits such as Good Kid, and has starred in films such as Mr. Six and XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

 43 Martin Short

Martin Short
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
Actor/comedian Martin Short is best known for his work on the shows SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in movies such as Father of the Bride and voiced characters in films such as Madagascar 3. He earned a Tony for his performance in the play Little Me.

 44 Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: September 12, 1993

 45 Victor Garber

Victor Garber
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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician, Stage actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 46 Justin Chatwin

Justin Chatwin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 47 Drew Scott

Drew Scott
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Famous As: Actor, Realtor
Birthdate: April 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Drew Scott is best known for hosting Property Brothers and Buying and Selling with his twin brother, Jonathan. The twins are also owners of the brands Scott Living and Dream Homes, and have founded Scott Brothers Entertainment, with another bother. An avid philanthropist, he was named a "Habitat Humanitarian."

 48 Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American

 49 Tom Green

Tom Green
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Blogger, Radio personality, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 50 Russell Peters

Russell Peters
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor and Producer
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
The first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special, Russell Peters started his career by performing in Toronto's stand-up circuit. He gained prominence for his accents and humorous cultural observations. For producing Hip-Hop Evolution, he bagged in the International Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. He also earned a Gemini Award for his performance in Comics!