Canadian Male Directors

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James Cameron
(Canadian Filmmaker Best Known for His Films: 'The Terminator', 'Titanic' and 'Avatar')
James Cameron
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Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada

Canadian film director, producer, and screenwriter James Cameron is best known for making science fiction and epic films. He is the co-founder of the production companies Lightstorm Entertainment and Digital Domain. Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. He is also an environmentalist.

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David Cronenberg
(Film Director Known for Body Horror Genre Films Such as 'Shivers', 'Scanners' and 'Videodrome')
David Cronenberg
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Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

David Cronenberg is a Canadian actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer in what is known as the body horror genre. His films have earned numerous awards, and he has both earned critical acclaim and sparked controversy due to the nature of his work. He often collaborates with fellow actor Viggo Mortensen. 

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Ivan Reitman
(Director Known for His Comedy Film ‘Ghostbusters’ & Owner of the ‘Montecito Picture Company')
Ivan Reitman
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Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Died: February 12, 2022

Ivan Reitman is a screenwriter and film and TV producer and director. He is a co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company. He attended McMaster University, where he studied music. After being fired from his first job at a TV channel, he went on to produce stage productions. Later on, he began producing films as well. 

 4 
Dan Levy
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role of 'David Rose' on the CBC Sitcom 'Schitt’s Creek')
Dan Levy
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Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Best known as David Rose from Schitt's Creek, Dan Levy, the son of actor Eugene Levy, is an Emmy-winning Canadian actor, who has also been a writer, producer, and director. He came out as gay at 18 but only made it known to the media in a 2020 interview.

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Denis Villeneuve
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright)
Denis Villeneuve
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Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Known for directing critically acclaimed movies, such as Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve was adjudged Filmmaker of the Decade in 2019 by the Hollywood Critics Association. One of the most popular and respected filmmakers of the current generation, Denis Villeneuve's films have had a major impact all over the world.

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George A. Romero
(Film Director Known for His Iconic Horror Films: ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’)
George A. Romero
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Birthdate: February 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 2017

Legendary horror filmmaker George A. Romero is best known for his Night of the Living Dead series and for popularizing the zombie film genre. He also gained fame for his collaborations with horror novelist Stephen King, the most notable of them being the film version of King’s novel The Dark Half.

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Xavier Dolan
(Director Known for His Films 'I Killed My Mother', ‘It’s Only the End of the World ' and ‘Mommy’)
Xavier Dolan
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Birthdate: March 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, the son of actor-singer Manuel Tadros, first gained fame with his directorial debut, I Killed My Mother, at 19. He later won the Jury Prize at Cannes with his film Mommy. He has also dubbed for Ron Weasley in the French versions of Harry Potter films.

 8 
Jared Keeso
(Best Known for Creating and Starring in the Comedy Series 'Letterkenny')
Jared Keeso
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Birthdate: July 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Listowel, Canada
Canadian actor Jared Keeso is best known for his Canadian Screen Award-winning role of Ben Chartier in the series 19-2. He also created and appeared in the award-winning comedy series Letterkenny. Fans also loved him as Don Cherry in two TV films. He played junior hockey before venturing into films.
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Jason Reitman
(Best Known for Directing the Films: 'Thank You for Smoking', 'Juno' and 'Up in the Air')
Jason Reitman
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Birthdate: October 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Jason Reitman, a Canadian-American film director, is best known for directing the films such as Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult.  Also a screenwriter, producer, and actor, Reitman has received one Grammy Award, one Golden Globe, and four Academy Award nominations. 
 10 
Neill Blomkamp
(Director Known for the Science Fiction Films ‘District 9’, ‘Elysium’ and ‘Chappie')
Neill Blomkamp
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Birthdate: September 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Born in South Africa, Neill Blomkamp later moved to Canada. He began his career as a 3-D and special effects artist and later turned to direction. He is known for his documentary-style filmmaking that uses the cinéma vérité technique. Two of his best-known sci-fi films are District 9 and Elysium.

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Shawn Levy
(Director Best Known for His Films: 'Night at the Museum' Series, 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'Real Steel')
Shawn Levy
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Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Shawn Levy is a Canadian film director, producer, and actor. He has directed films, such as Big Fat Liar, Cheaper by the Dozen and the Night at the Museum series. He bagged an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for producing the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival. Levy has also been one of the executive producers of the Netflix original series Stranger Things
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David Furnish
(Canadian Filmmaker, Producer and Director)
David Furnish
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Birthdate: October 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian filmmaker and former advertising executive David Furnish is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario in London. He is openly gay and is married to English musician Sir Elton John. Along with his husband, he is co-chief of Rocket Pictures, a film production company. He also serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Seth Rogen
(Actor and Comedian Popular for Starring in Films Like ‘Neighbors,’ and ‘Knocked Up’)
Seth Rogen
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Birthdate: April 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

 14 
Mike Myers
(Actor, Comedian and Screenwriter Best Known for His Performance in ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Mike Myers
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Birthdate: May 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
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.  
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Saul Rubinek
(Known for His Television Roles, Notably Artie Nielsen on Warehouse 13, Donny Douglas on Frasier)
Saul Rubinek
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Birthdate: July 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wolfratshausen, Bavaria, Germany

Saul Rubinek is a German-born Canadian actor, director, and playwright. Encouraged to pursue acting by his parents, he enrolled at the Ottawa Little Theatre. After a successful Broadway career, he branched out to TV shows and films as well. He made his directorial debut with the black comedy film Jerry and Tom, earning a Sundance Film Festival award nomination. 

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Evan Goldberg
(Screenwriter, Producer, Comedian, and Director)
Evan Goldberg
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Birthdate: September 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian screenwriter, comedian, and film and TV producer, and director.  He attended Point Grey Secondary School, where he befriended future actor Seth Rogen. The two men often collaborate and have worked together on projects, such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End. They won a Canadian Comedy Award for Superbad. 

 

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Paul Gross
(Known for His Lead Role as Constable Benton Fraser in the Television Series ‘Due South')
Paul Gross
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Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paul Gross is a Canadian actor, director, producer, writer, and musician. He is best known for his association with the popular TV series Due South; in addition to playing the lead role of Constable Benton Fraser in the series, Gross also wrote and executive produced some of the episodes. Over the years, he has won many awards including Gemini Awards.

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Norman Jewison
(Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter)
Norman Jewison
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Birthdate: July 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto
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Paul Haggis
(Director, screenwriter, and producer who won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for the 2004 film Crash)
Paul Haggis
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Birthdate: March 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
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Raymond Massey
(Canadian Actor, Known for His Commanding, Stage-Trained Voice)
Raymond Massey
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Birthdate: August 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 29, 1983

Raymond Massey was a Canadian actor best remembered for his stage-trained voice. Massey earned an Academy Award nomination under the Best Actor category for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the 1940 biographical historical drama film Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Massey has two stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the film and TV industries.  

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Jean-Marc Vallée
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Birthdate: March 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 25, 2021
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Tyler Hynes
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Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Jonathan Crombie
(Canadian Voice Over Artist and Actor)
Jonathan Crombie
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Birthdate: October 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 15, 2015
 24 
Peter North
(Pornographic actor)
Peter North
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Birthdate: May 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
 25 
Alexandre Trudeau
(Canadian Journalist, Author and Second Son of Canada's Former Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau)
Alexandre Trudeau
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Birthdate: December 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa

The brother of former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau and the brother of the current PM Justin Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has covered events from Baghdad to the Balkans. He is also the author of Barbarian Lost, his reflection on his experiences in China.

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William B. Davis
(Known for His Role as the 'Cigarette Smoking Man' on the TV Series 'X-Files')
William B. Davis
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Birthdate: January 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Hart Bochner
(Best Known for His Roles in the Movies: 'Die Hard', 'Breaking Away' and 'Rich and Famous')
Hart Bochner
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Birthdate: October 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Hart Bochner is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is known for playing prominent roles in films like Rich and Famous, Mad at the Moon, and Liberty Stands Still. Also known for his work on TV, Bochner has played important roles in popular TV series, such as War and Remembrance, The Starter Wife, and Too Old To Die Young.

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Atom Egoyan
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Atom Egoyan
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Birthdate: July 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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Suroosh Alvi
(Canadian Journalist, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of the Media Brand 'Vice Media')
Suroosh Alvi
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Birthdate: March 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Suroosh Alvi is a Canadian filmmaker and journalist of Pakistani origin. He is credited with co-founding a digital media and broadcasting company called Vice Media which is currently operating in over 50 countries. As a filmmaker, Suroosh Alvi has produced documentaries that deal with controversial issues, such as the Iraq War and the rise of global terrorism.

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David Hewlett
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Birthdate: April 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redhill, Surrey, England, UK
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Panos Cosmatos
(Director and Screenwriter known for Beyond the Black Rainbow and Mandy)
Panos Cosmatos
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Mike Clattenburg
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Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Canada
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Roger Avary
(Screenwriter, Film director)
Roger Avary
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Birthdate: August 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Flin Flon, Canada
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Arthur Hiller
(Film Director)
Arthur Hiller
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Birthdate: November 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: August 17, 2016
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Richard Williams
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Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019
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Director X
(Director)
Director X
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Birthdate: October 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Danny Antonucci
(Animator)
Danny Antonucci
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Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Mack Sennett
(Canadian-American Film Actor, Director, and Producer)
Mack Sennett
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Birthdate: January 17, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Canada
Died: November 5, 1960

Mack Sennett was a film actor, director, and producer. He specialized in comedy and was known as the 'King of Comedy'. Born in Canada in 1880, he moved to USA as a young man and entered the fledgling film industry as an actor. He found considerable success and went on to open Keystone Studios in Edendale. 

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Colin Ferguson
(Actor, Director)
Colin Ferguson
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Birthdate: July 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Ted Kotcheff
(Film director)
Ted Kotcheff
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Birthdate: April 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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David Steinberg
(comedian, actor and director who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more than 130 times)
David Steinberg
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Birthdate: August 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Brad Peyton
(Film director, Film producer)
Brad Peyton
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Birthdate: September 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gander
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Edward Dmytryk
(Film Director)
Edward Dmytryk
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Birthdate: September 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada
Died: July 1, 1999
 44 
Vincenzo Natali
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Vincenzo Natali
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Birthdate: January 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit
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John Hillcoat
(Film director)
John Hillcoat
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
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Jasper Cho
(Actor)
Jasper Cho
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Birthdate: February 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada
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Guy Maddin
(Filmmaker who imitated the look and style of the silent film era in films such as Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary)
Guy Maddin
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Birthdate: February 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
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Norman McLaren
(Film director, Animator, Screenwriter)
Norman McLaren
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Birthdate: April 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
Died: January 27, 1987
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Jeremy Podeswa
(screenwriter, film director, television director)
Jeremy Podeswa
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Toronto
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Mark Robson
(Film director)
Mark Robson
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Birthdate: December 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 20, 1978