Canadian Male Film & Theater Personalities

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Ryan Gosling
(Famous for His Roles in the Movies 'Notebook', 'La La Land' and The Big Short')

Ryan Gosling
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Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, Canada

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.

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John Candy
(Canadian Actor and Comedian Known Mainly for His Work in Hollywood Films)

John Candy
8
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
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.

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Hayden Christensen
(Best Known for His Role of 'Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader' in the 'Star Wars' Prequel Trilogy Films)

Hayden Christensen
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Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

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William Shatner
(Famous for His Portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the 'Star Trek' Franchise)

William Shatner
10
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.

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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.

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Dan Levy
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role of 'David Rose' on the CBC Sitcom 'Schitt’s Creek')

Dan Levy
7
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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Eugene Levy
(Actor, Comedian)

Eugene Levy
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Birthdate: December 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

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.

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Keanu Reeves
(Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Film producer, Film director, Singer, Voice actor, Musician)

Keanu Reeves
80
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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.

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Will Arnett
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Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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.

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Cory Monteith
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Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
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.

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Norm MacDonald
(Stand-up comedian)

Norm MacDonald
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Birthdate: October 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada
Died: September 14, 2021
Norm Macdonald began by writing for Roseanne. He then soared to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and became famous for his deadpan style of comedy. His other ventures include the podcast Norm Macdonald Live and the shows The Norm Show and Norm Macdonald Has a Show.

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Phil Hartman
(Former Member of the Comedy Group 'The Groundlings' and 'Saturday Night Live', Co-writer of 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure')

Phil Hartman
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Birthdate: September 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
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.

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Nathan Fillion
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Birthdate: March 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

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.

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Michael Cera
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Birthdate: June 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada

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.

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Brendan Fraser
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Birthdate: December 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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.

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Rick Moranis
(Actor & Comedian)

Rick Moranis
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Birthdate: April 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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.

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Matthew Perry
(Best Known for His Role of 'Chandler Bing' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')

Matthew Perry
12
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Matthew Perry gained worldwide popularity for playing the character of Chandler Bing on the television sitcom Friends. The sitcom ran from 1994 to 2004 and remains one of the most popular ones till date. He also starred in other television series and a number of films. He has had issued with vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol addiction.

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Christopher Plummer
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Birthdate: December 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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.

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Kiefer Sutherland
(Played Lead Role in TV Series '24')

Kiefer Sutherland
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Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

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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Stephen Amell
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Birthdate: May 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.

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James Cameron
(Filmmaker)

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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Tommy Chong
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Birthdate: May 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
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.

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Taylor Kitsch
5
Birthdate: April 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kelowna

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.

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Finn Wolfhard
(Known for His Role in the Series 'Stranger Things' and Films 'It' and Its Sequel)

Finn Wolfhard
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Birthdate: December 23, 2002
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

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Donald Sutherland
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Birthdate: July 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint John, Canada

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.

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Joshua Jackson
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Birthdate: June 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

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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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Dan Aykroyd
(Actor & Comedian)

Dan Aykroyd
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Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian comedian, actor, musician, and filmmaker. He is credited with co-founding the popular blues and soul revivalist band The Blues Brothers along with legendary comedian John Belushi. The Blues Brothers was conceived as a musical sketch for Saturday Night Live; its popularity turned it into an actual band and was later made into a film.

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Jay Baruchel
(Actor Known for His Roles in Comedy Movies “Knocked Up,” “Tropic Thunder” and “The Trotsky”)

Jay Baruchel
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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. 

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Jacob Tremblay
(Child Actor)

Jacob Tremblay
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Birthdate: October 5, 2006
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia

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.

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Georges St-Pierre
(Mixed Martial Artist)

Georges St-Pierre
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Birthdate: May 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Isidore, Canada

Considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, Georges St-Pierre is a former professional mixed martial artist. Starting from 2008, he was named by Rogers Sportsnet as the Canadian Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years. When he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217, he became only the fourth fighter to be a multi-division champion in UFC history.

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Corey Haim
(Actor)

Corey Haim
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Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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.

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Raymond Burr
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Birthdate: May 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993

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Robbie Amell
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Birthdate: April 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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.

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Simu Liu
(Actor Known for Portraying ‘Shang-Chi’ in the Film Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings)

Simu Liu
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Birthdate: April 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harbin, China

Born in China, Simu Liu moved to Canada at 5. A business administration graduate, he took to acting after being laid off by Deloitte. Trained in martial arts, he initially found work as a stunt man. He is best known for his Canadian Screen Award-nominated role in Blood and Water.

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Victor Garber
(Best Known for His Roles as 'Jack Bristow' in the Drama Series 'Alias' (2001–2006))

Victor Garber
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Birthdate: March 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Canada

Victor Garber is a Canadian singer and actor best known for his work in theatre, television, and film. Over the years, Garber has received nominations for several prestigious awards, such as Primetime Emmy Awards and Tony Awards. His work in critically acclaimed movies like Titanic, Argo, and Milk was also appreciated with Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

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Patrick J. Adams
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto

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.

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Leslie Nielsen
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Films: ‘Forbidden Planet’, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ and ‘Airplane!’)

Leslie Nielsen
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Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
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.

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Noah Schnapp
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Birthdate: October 3, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, United States
Noah Schnapp, best known for his SAG- and Teen Choice Award-winning performance as Will Byers in Stranger Things, began acting at age 6. He appeared in The Peanuts Movie, voicing Charlie Brown, and in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, co-starring with Tom Hanks. His dogs have their own social-media accounts.

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Kevin O’Leary
(Businessman)

Kevin O’Leary
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Birthdate: July 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Canadian business magnate Kevin O'Leary founded SoftKey, which was later acquired by Mattel and renamed The Learning Company. He also appeared on Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, and The Lang and O'Leary Exchange. He was in the run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada but dropped out later.

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Howie Mandel
(Host of The Popular NBC Game Show 'Deal or No Deal')

Howie Mandel
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Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Willowdale, Toronto, Canada

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.

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Martin Short
(Canadian-American Actor, Comedian and Singer)

Martin Short
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
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.

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Glenn Ford
(Actor)

Glenn Ford
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Birthdate: May 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: August 30, 2006

Glenn Ford was a Canadian-American actor. One of the most bankable stars of classical Hollywood cinema, Ford remained a crowd-puller throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Five of his movies have been chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry. Off-stage, Glenn Ford was a notorious womanizer and had relationships with several actresses, including Marilyn Monroe.

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Avan Jogia
(Actor Known for His Role in the Series: 'Victorious', 'Ghost Wars' and 'Caprica')

Avan Jogia
8
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.

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Russell Peters
(The First Comedian to Get a Netflix Stand-up Special)

Russell Peters
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Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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!

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Denis Villeneuve
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Playwright)

Denis Villeneuve
4
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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David Cronenberg
(Film Director Known for Body Horror Genre Films Such as 'Shivers', 'Scanners' and 'Videodrome')

David Cronenberg
4
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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Paul Anka
(Known for His Signature Hit Songs "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder")

Paul Anka
6
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

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Pablo Schreiber
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Birthdate: April 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ymir, Canada
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.

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Mena Massoud
10
Birthdate: September 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt