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 Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek.
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Famous As: American-Canadian Television personality
Birthdate: July 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Died: November 8, 2020

An eminent television personality, Alex Trebek is best known for hosting the popular game show Jeopardy since it was revived in 1984. He has also hosted many other game shows, both in America and Canada. In February 1991, he became the first person to host three American game shows at the same time. He is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

 2 Bret Hart

Bret Hart.
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Famous As: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: July 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bret Hart is a Canadian-American former professional wrestler. Regarded as one of the all-time greats, Bret Hart was one of the most popular and important WWF wrestlers during the promotion's New Generation Era. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. He is amongst the seven people who have entered the WWE Hall of Fame twice

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 3 Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke.
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Famous As: Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Television presenter, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake
Died: December 13, 2016

 4 Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as Cece in New Girl, Hannah Simone won a Teen Choice Award for the role. She began modeling at 13, when she lived in Cyprus. As a VJ at MuchMusic, she presented Much News Weekly and The NewMusic. She was also part of Gillette's What Women Want campaign.

 5 Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec.
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Famous As: Business People
Birthdate: September 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varaždin, Croatia
Investor Robert Herjavec founded the internet security software BRAK Systems, which he later sold to AT&T. He also established the Herjavec Group and turned it into one of Canada’s biggest IT security firms. He has also appeared in Dragons' Den and Shark Tank, and has authored several business books.

 6 Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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.

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 7 Steven Crowder

Steven Crowder.
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Famous As: Actor, Political Commentator
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States

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 Renee Paquette

Renee Paquette.
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Famous As: Sports Broadcaster
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto

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.

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 9 Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 21, 2018

Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning column in The Washington Post, Fox News commentator and political expert Charles Krauthammer was also a qualified psychiatrist. He was rendered paralyzed from the waist down at 22, after an accident while studying medicine at Harvard, but completed his degree nevertheless.

 10 Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee
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Famous As: Journalist, Actor, Television actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

 11 David Brooks

David Brooks.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto

 12 Monty Hall

Monty Hall
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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor, Journalist
Birthdate: August 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: September 30, 2017

 13 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland.
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
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. 

 14 Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson
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Famous As: Football Commentator
Birthdate: August 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

 15 Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs.
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, Activist
Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.

 16 Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi.
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi
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.

 17 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Adnan Sami is an Indian musician, singer, pianist, and music composer. Best known for his skills as a piano player, Sami was named the world's fastest keyboard player by Keyboard magazine. He is also widely regarded as the first person to have played Indian classical music on the piano. In 2020, he was awarded India's fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri. 

 18 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 19 Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canada

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 Lauren Southern

Lauren Southern
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Political activist and YouTuber Lauren Southern is also a prominent white nationalist. Initially an employee of The Rebel Media, she later also worked for Sky News Australia. She and two of her fellow anti-Muslim activists were refused entry at the Luton airport in the UK and even detained in 2018.

 21 Joe Clark

Joe Clark.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: High River, Canada

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. 

 22 Alexandre Trudeau

Alexandre Trudeau.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa

 23 John Roberts

John Roberts.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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.

 24 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

Akshay Kumar is one of the most popular and successful actors of Hindi cinema. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and Padma Shri. Dubbed Indian Jackie Chan, Akshay Kumar is renowned for performing dangerous stunts in films.

 25 Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Multi-dimensional Persian-Canadian musical artist and broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is best known for his CBC show Q. Part of the folk-rock group Moxy Früvous, he has also launched a few podcasts. He was dragged into a sexual assault controversy, involving multiple charges, but was later acquitted of all charges.

 26 Jennifer Finnigan

Jennifer Finnigan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
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

 27 Nardwuar the Human Serviette

Nardwuar the Human Serviette
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Famous As: Singer, Radio personality, Journalist
Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver

 28 David Frum

David Frum
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 29 Shane Smith

Shane Smith
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

 30 Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux.
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Famous As: Podcaster
Birthdate: September 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athlone, Ireland

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.

 31 Stephanie Beard

Stephanie Beard
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cochrane

 32 Harland Williams

Harland Williams
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 33 Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter
Birthdate: December 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bathurst

 34 Morley Safer

Morley Safer
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Famous As: War correspondent, Television presenter, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: May 19, 2016

 35 Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield
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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg

 36 Joe Weider

Joe Weider
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Famous As: Functionary, Editor
Birthdate: November 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: March 23, 2013

Joe Weider was a Canadian entrepreneur and bodybuilder. He is credited with co-founding the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness which oversees several of the sport's international events, such as the Continental and World Championships. Weider is also credited with creating prominent bodybuilding contests like Mr. Olympia, Masters Olympia, and Ms. Olympia.

 37 Charles Coughlin

Charles Coughlin
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 25, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: October 27, 1979

Charles Coughlin, or Father Coughlin, was a Roman Catholic “radio priest” and a pioneer of broadcasting sermons using radio as a medium. He established the Shrine of the Little Flower, and his magazine Social Justice was banned or violating the Espionage Act. He also penned several books.

 38 Vampiro

Vampiro
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Singer, Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thunder Bay

 39 John Saunders

John Saunders
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Famous As: ice hockey player
Birthdate: February 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ajax

 40 Catherine Herridge

Catherine Herridge.
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Famous As: News Correspondent
Birthdate: May 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 41 Art Linkletter

Art Linkletter
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: July 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moose Jaw
Died: May 26, 2010

 42 Mauro Ranallo

Mauro Ranallo
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abbotsford

 43 Suroosh Alvi

Suroosh Alvi
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Birthdate: March 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto

 44 Bryan Baeumler

Bryan Baeumler
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: April 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakville, Canada

 45 Scott McGillivray

Scott McGillivray
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Famous As: Carpenter
Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto

 46 Rick Martel

Rick Martel
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quebec City, Canada

 47 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford

 48 Fergie Olver

Fergie Olver.
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Famous As: Game Show Host
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada

 49 Serge Monast

Serge Monast
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 5, 1996

Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, and essayist. He was also known as a conspiracy theorist. He wrote extensively on the theme of the New World Order in the 1990s and was particularly inspired by the works of fellow conspiracy theorist William Guy Carr. Project Blue Beam (NASA) is one of his most popular works. 

 50 Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout
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Famous As: Journalist, Autobiographer
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Red Deer