Canadian Male Directors

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 1 James Cameron

James Cameron
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Famous As: Filmmaker
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.

 2 William Shatner

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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.

 3 David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, 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. 

 4 Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
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. 

 5 Ivan Reitman

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Famous As: Owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia

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. 

 6 Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

 7 Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright
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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 8 George A. Romero

George A. Romero
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Famous As: Film director
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.

 9 Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: October 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, 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

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Famous As: Director of the science fiction film Elysium starring Matt Damon
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.

 11 Dave Foley

Dave Foley
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Famous As: Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

A high-school dropout, Dave Foley started his career with stand-up comedy. After meeting Kevin McDonald, he formed the iconic sketch-comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall with him and others. He later appeared in movies such as The Wrong Guy and voiced for animated characters, such as Flik from A Bug's Life.

 12 Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, 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

 13 David Furnish

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Famous As: Filmmaker
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.

 14 Xavier Dolan

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Famous As: Director known for his film It's Only The End of the World 2016, Mommy 2014
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.

 15 Paulo Costanzo

Paulo Costanzo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paulo Costanzo is a Canadian actor best known for his role in the TV Series Animorphs. The son of a singer-songwriter and an artist, he was drawn to creative professions from a young age and chose to become an actor. He began his career in the early 2000s and became a sensation owing to his good looks and impeccable talent.

 16 Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Peter DeLuise is an actor, screenwriter, and producer. He made his debut as an actor in the late 1970s and gained fame with his role in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street. He eventually branched out into direction and production as well. As a director and writer, he is known for his science fiction TV shows. 

 17 Michael Mando

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Canadian actor Michael Mando is best known for his roles in the video game Far Cry 3, sci-fi series Orphan Black, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and AMC series Better Call Saul. Trained in both classical and contemporary theatre,  Mando also played Mac Gargan aka The Scorpion in the movie Spiderman Homecoming. He is also the Artistic Director and President of Red Barlo Productions.

 18 Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor and director best known for his role in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! He received his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama. He began his career as an actor in the 1980s and appeared in a string of successful TV series. He is also a director. 

 19 Paul Haggis

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Famous As: Director, screenwriter, and producer who won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for the 2004 film Crash
Birthdate: March 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

 20 Evan Goldberg

Evan Goldberg
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, 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. 

 

 21 Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Föhrenwald, 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. 

 22 David Sutcliffe

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

David Sutcliffe is a Canadian-American former actor best known for portraying the role of Christopher Hayden in the popular TV series Gilmore Girls. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, David Sutcliffe helped raise money for programs concerning children's mental health in 2013. He also participated in the World Poker Tour to benefit the Hollygrove House charity.

 23 Paul Gross

Paul Gross
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 24 Norman Jewison

Norman Jewison
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 25 Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 29, 1983

 26 Jean-Marc Vallée

Jean-Marc Vallée
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 25, 2021

 27 Jonathan Crombie

Jonathan Crombie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 15, 2015

 28 Gil Bellows

Gil Bellows
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Gil Bellows is a Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his portrayal of Tommy Williams in the 1994 drama film The Shawshank Redemption. Renowned for playing emotionally ambiguous characters, Gil Bellows is often counted among the finest character actors from Canada.

 29 Alexandre Trudeau

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Famous As: Filmmaker
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.

 30 Tyler Hynes

Tyler Hynes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 31 Hart Bochner

Hart Bochner
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 32 Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: July 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 33 Director X

Director X
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 34 Suroosh Alvi

Suroosh Alvi
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Famous As: Journalist and filmmaker known for co-founder of VICE Media
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.

 35 Aden Young

Aden Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-Australian actor Aden Young is best known to fans as Daniel Holden from Rectify. Born to a CBC broadcaster father, he participated in theater even as a child. He later also gained fame with films such as I, Frankenstein and The Unseen. He is married to Australian singer Loene Carmen.

 36 David Hewlett

David Hewlett
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redhill, Surrey, England, UK

 37 Panos Cosmatos

Panos Cosmatos
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Famous As: Director and Screenwriter known for Beyond the Black Rainbow and Mandy
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 38 Mike Clattenburg

Mike Clattenburg
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Canada

 39 Arthur Hiller

Arthur Hiller
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: November 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: August 17, 2016

 40 Roger Avary

Roger Avary
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director
Birthdate: August 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Flin Flon, Canada

 41 Richard Williams

Richard Williams
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019

 42 Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisicic, Croatia

 43 Mack Sennett

Mack Sennett
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 44 Ted Kotcheff

Ted Kotcheff
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 45 Danny Antonucci

Danny Antonucci
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 46 Brad Peyton

Brad Peyton
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: September 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gander

 47 Colin Ferguson

Colin Ferguson
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: July 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 48 David Steinberg

David Steinberg
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Famous As: comedian, actor and director who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more than 130 times
Birthdate: August 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 49 Jasper Cho

Jasper Cho
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canada

 50 John Hillcoat

John Hillcoat
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia