Famous Canadian Media Personalities

Canadian media would not have been what it is today had it not been for its media personalities who have constantly struggled to keep the infotainment quotient of their viewers high. Their passion for work and strong work ethics, have made them a popular name in Canadian media. Be it Mandy Ross the host of Fashion TV who is living her dream of hosting, filming and travelling with her shows and projects or Kevin O’Leary, the co-founder and chairman of O’Leary Funds who is popular for his financial shows, Canadian media has seen a plethora of men and women who have been exemplary in their work. And then there is children’s entertainer Suzanne Pinel who is popular as Marie Soleil, Trish Stratus WWE Wrestler and star of TV show Armed and Famous, Patrick Watson journalist and documentarian, Mark McKinney comedian, Rita MacNeil variety show host, Rod Black sportscaster and others. These are some of the biggest media personalities who command the most respect, evoke the most trust or provide the highest level of entertainment for Canadian viewers. Check out this segment to find out in details about the life and works of famous Canadian media personalities.

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 1 Alan Thicke

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Famous As: Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 13, 2016

 2 Kevin O’Leary

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
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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 3 Bret Hart

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

 4 Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 21, 2018

 5 Renee Paquette

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Famous As: Sports Broadcaster
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

Renee Paquette is a Canadian television personality and host. She is best known for appearing in WWE, where she worked as an interviewer, presenter, and commentator from 2012 to 2020. In 2013, Renee Paquette received the Slammy Award for her work in The JBL and Cole Show. In 2020, she started hosting Oral Sessions, her own podcast.

 6 Samantha Bee

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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Television actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
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 7 Steven Crowder

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Famous As: Actor, Political Commentator
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

Steven Crowder is an American-Canadian comedian, media host, and conservative political commentator. His YouTube channel, which has more than five million subscribers, was demonetized following repeated use of homophobic and racist slurs to describe Carlos Maza. Crowder contributed to the origin of the popular Internet meme, Change My Mind.

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 8 Lauren Southern

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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian
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 9 Peter Jennings

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: August 7, 2005

Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings is best remembered for his stint on ABC World News Tonight, as its sole anchor. A high-school drop-out, Jennings became one of the U.S.’s Big Three news anchors, along with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather. He was known for his meticulous coverage of breaking news stories.

 10 Don Cherry

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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 11 Stefan Molyneux

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Famous As: Podcaster
Birthdate: September 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian white supremacist, far-right white nationalist, and podcaster. Best known for advocating conspiracy theories, racist views, eugenics, and scientific racism, Molyneux has been banned or suspended from social media platforms like SoundCloud, YouTube, and Twitter for violating the platforms' hate speech policies. Several publications have described him as an important figure of the alt-right movement.

 12 Chrystia Freeland

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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 

 13 Alexandre Trudeau

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 14 Nate Burleson

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Famous As: Football Commentator
Birthdate: August 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

 15 Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, Activist
Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 25, 2006

 16 David Brooks

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

 17 Monty Hall

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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor, Journalist
Birthdate: August 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 30, 2017

 18 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian, American

 19 Emily Maitlis

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, British

British journalist, documentary filmmaker, and newsreader Emily Maitlis is currently the lead anchor of BBC Two's news and current affairs program Newsnight. An alumnus of the Queens' College, Cambridge, she began her career as a documentary filmmaker before moving to broadcast journalism. She built a successful career, becoming one of the highest-paid BBC news and current affairs staff.

 20 Ali Velshi

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Ali Velshi, a Kenyan-born Canadian broadcast journalist, is a familiar name in the business shows of NBC with which he has been associated after a long stint with CNN. Apart from being a business correspondent, he also reported extensively on hurricanes and the assassination of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. He worked for Al Jazeera America till its closure.

 21 Jian Ghomeshi

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, Iranian

 22 Shane Smith

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 23 Jennifer Finnigan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian
Daughter of Canadian radio star Jack Finnigan, Jennifer Finnigan soared to fame with her roles in The Bold and the Beautiful and Salvation, and in several TV movies. The Emmy Award-winning actor is also a pilates fan. She now stays in Los Angeles with her actor husband Jonathan Silverman

 24 Joe Clark

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, businessman, and politician. In 1979, he became the youngest person to be elected as the prime minister of Canada and served in this position until 1980. He lost the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1983 before gaining prominence once again in 1984 when he served as a senior cabinet minister. 

 25 David Frum

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

 26 Harland Williams

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, American

 27 John Roberts

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

The current chief White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel, John Roberts has, in his journalistic career, worked for various television and radio channels before joining CTV, CBS News and CNN. The notable works of the veteran award winning journalist and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Famer include coverage of Presidential debates, Hurricane Irene, Iraq invasion and the Israel war.

 28 John Saunders

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Famous As: ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 29 Stephanie Beard

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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 30 Ashleigh Banfield

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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

 31 Nardwuar the Human Serviette

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Famous As: Singer, Radio personality, Journalist
Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 32 Charles Coughlin

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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 25, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: October 27, 1979

 33 Joe Weider

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Famous As: Functionary, Editor
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: March 23, 2013

 34 Vampiro

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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Singer, Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 35 Mauro Ranallo

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Famous As: Disc jockey, Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian

 36 Suroosh Alvi

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Birthdate: March 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 37 Art Linkletter

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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: July 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: May 26, 2010

 38 Elizabeth May

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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 39 George Stroumboulopoulos

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Famous As: Journalist, Radio personality
Birthdate: August 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian

 40 Cory Doctorow

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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: July 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 41 Dave Madden

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: January 16, 2014

 42 Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout
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Famous As: Journalist, Autobiographer
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 43 Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge
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Famous As: Journalist, News presenter
Birthdate: July 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Melyssa Ford

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Famous As: Model, Journalist
Birthdate: November 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 45 Fergie Olver

Fergie Olver
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Famous As: Game Show Host
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 46 Serge Monast

Serge Monast
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Nationality: Canadian
Died: December 5, 1996

 47 Ezra Levant

Ezra Levant
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Famous As: lawyer
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

 48 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893

 49 Ron MacLean

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Famous As: Sportscaster
Birthdate: April 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, German

 50 Michael Ignatieff

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Famous As: Journalist, Historian, Politician, Novelist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian