The film and theater industry in Canada reflects a rich diversity of regional and cultural identities. Theater began developing in Canada in the 17th century with the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia serving as the cradle for both French and English language theatre in the country. Canadian theater saw rapid growth in the late 19th and early 20th century when Martha Allan spearheaded the Canadian Little Theatre Movement. During the same time, cinema also emerged in Canada, and former newspaper reporter James Freer went on to become a Canadian film-making pioneer. During the later part of the 20th century, Canada producer several significant theater and film personalities such as James Cameron who is not just a film maker, but also an inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. Famous theater personalities of the late 20th century include Bill Glassco who is credited with introducing the English-speaking world to the plays of Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay. In the contemporary era, Colleen Murphy is a prominent, multiple award winning screenwriter, film director and playwright. Hannah Moscovitch is also a well-know name, often hailed as “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright”. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Canadian film & theater personalities.
Keanu ReevesKeanu Reeves
02 September 1964
Actor
Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds
23 October 1976
Actor

Sunny LeoneSunny Leone
13 May 1981
Actress

Jim CarreyJim Carrey
17 January 1962
Actor

James CameronJames Cameron
16 August 1954
Filmmaker

Rachel McAdamsRachel McAdams
17 November 1978
 
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967
American-Canadian actress

Ryan GoslingRyan Gosling
12 November 1980
 

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor

Sandra OhSandra Oh
20 July 1971
Actress
Seth RogenSeth Rogen
15 April 1982
Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Producer, Director

Cobie SmuldersCobie Smulders
03 April 1982
Actress, Model
Michael J. FoxMichael J. Fox
09 June 1961
Actor

Ellen PageEllen Page
21 February 1987
Actress

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
09 January 1989
Actress
Brendan FraserBrendan Fraser
03 December 1968
Actor

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne
27 September 1984
 
Evangeline LillyEvangeline Lilly
03 August 1979
Actress

John CandyJohn Candy
31 October 1950
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
22 March 1931
Actor, Producer
Shay MitchellShay Mitchell
10 April 1987
Actress

Donald SutherlandDonald Sutherland
17 July 1935
Actor
Missy PeregrymMissy Peregrym
16 June 1982
Actress, Model

Mike MyersMike Myers
25 May 1963
Actor, Comedian, Writer, Film Producer, Film

Kristin KreukKristin Kreuk
30 December 1982
Actress

Hayden ChristensenHayden Christensen
19 April 1981
Actor, Voice Actor
Mackenzie DavisMackenzie Davis
01 April 1987
Actress
Finn WolfhardFinn Wolfhard
23 December 2002
Actor, Musician

Eugene LevyEugene Levy
17 December 1946
Actor, Comedian, Producer, Director

Will ArnettWill Arnett
04 May 1970
Actor

Catherine PaizCatherine Paiz
24 August 1990
Model, Actress, Social Media Star
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982
 

Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
27 March 1971
Actor

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
24 September 1948
Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian

Lauren HollyLauren Holly
28 October 1963
Actress

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Italia RicciItalia Ricci
29 October 1986
Actress
Nicki ClyneNicki Clyne
11 February 1983
Actress

Tommy ChongTommy Chong
24 May 1938
Comedian, Actor
Emily VanCampEmily VanCamp
12 May 1986
Actress

Michael CeraMichael Cera
07 June 1988
Actor

Pablo SchreiberPablo Schreiber
26 April 1978
Actor
Taylor KitschTaylor Kitsch
08 April 1981
Actor

Corey HaimCorey Haim
23 December 1971
Actor
Michael BubleMichael Bublé
09 September 1975
Singer-songwriter, Actor

Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982
Actor

Patrick J. AdamsPatrick J. Adams
27 August 1981
Actor

Nora FatehiNora Fatehi
06 February 1992
Dancer

Christopher PlummerChristopher Plummer
13 December 1929
Actor
Jennifer TillyJennifer Tilly
16 September 1958
Actress

Joshua JacksonJoshua Jackson
11 June 1978
Actor

Katheryn WinnickKatheryn Winnick
17 December 1977
Actress

Mia GothMia Goth
30 November 1993
Actress, Model
Jay BaruchelJay Baruchel
09 April 1982
Actor

Howie MandelHowie Mandel
29 November 1955
Actor, Comedian
Stephen AmellStephen Amell
08 May 1981
Actor

Rick MoranisRick Moranis
18 April 1953
Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter & Musician

Robbie AmellRobbie Amell
21 April 1988
Actor
Emily HampshireEmily Hampshire
29 August 1981
Actress

Neve CampbellNeve Campbell
03 October 1973
Actress
Stana KaticStana Katic
26 April 1978
Actor

Jacob TremblayJacob Tremblay
05 October 2006
Child Actor

Kim CattrallKim Cattrall
21 August 1956
Actress
Tara StrongTara Strong
12 February 1973
Voice Actor

Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen
11 February 1926
 
Martin ShortMartin Short
26 March 1950
Actor

Maryse OuelletMaryse Ouellet
21 January 1983
Wrestler

Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Emmanuelle ChriquiEmmanuelle Chriqui
10 December 1977
Actress
Henry LauHenry Lau
11 October 1989
Singer
Avan Jogia Avan Jogia
09 February 1992
Actor

Kris WuKris Wu
06 November 1990
Actor, model, singer

Jason PriestleyJason Priestley
28 August 1969
Actor, Director

Russell PetersRussell Peters
29 September 1970
Comedian, Actor and Producer
Paulina GretzkyPaulina Gretzky
19 December 1988
Model

Calum WorthyCalum Worthy
28 January 1991
Actor, Writer, Producer

Margot KidderMargot Kidder
17 October 1948
Actress

Molly ParkerMolly Parker
30 June 1972
Actress

Denis VilleneuveDenis Villeneuve
03 October 1967
Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
Yvonne De CarloYvonne De Carlo
01 September 1922
Actress

Erika EleniakErika Eleniak
29 September 1969
Actress
Drew ScottDrew Scott
28 April 1978
Actor, Realtor

Marie AvgeropoulosMarie Avgeropoulos
17 June 1986
Actress, Model

Tatiana MaslanyTatiana Maslany
22 September 1985
Actress
Vanessa MorganVanessa Morgan
23 March 1992
Actress

Sarah ChalkeSarah Chalke
27 August 1976
Actress
Hilary FarrHilary Farr
31 August 1952
Designer

Glenn FordGlenn Ford
01 May 1916
Actor

Hannah SimoneHannah Simone
03 August 1980
Actress

Natasha HenstridgeNatasha Henstridge
15 August 1974
Actress, Model
Melissa Sue AndersonMelissa Sue Anderson
26 September 1962
Actress

Sarah JefferySarah Jeffery
03 April 1996
Actress
Brett SomersBrett Somers
11 July 1924
Actress, Singer

Shirley DouglasShirley Douglas
02 April 1934
Actress

Oliver PlattOliver Platt
12 January 1960
Actor

Dorothy StrattenDorothy Stratten
28 February 1960
Model, Actress
Mary PickfordMary Pickford
08 April 1892
Actress, Producer, Screenwriter