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: Game Show Host
Birthdate: July 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, 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 Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke
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Famous As: Film actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Died: December 13, 2016

Best known for his star role in the television sitcom Growing Pains, Alan Thicke was a Canadian actor, songwriter and television host, who began his career as a series regular in It's Our Stuff, eventually appearing in numerous films and television productions. Also a popular game and talk show host, he patronized many NGOs including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

 3 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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 4 Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel
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Famous As: Host of The Popular NBC Game Show 'Deal or No Deal'
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.

 5 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fareham, Hampshire, England
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.

 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 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.

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 8 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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 9 Renee Paquette

Renee Paquette
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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.

 10 Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane
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Famous As: Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.
Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Todd McFarlane is a Canadian writer, artist, comic book creator, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Renowned for his artistic work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Todd became a comic book superstar during the 1980s and 1990s for his work on the Spider-Man franchise. As an entrepreneur, Todd McFarlane is credited with founding Todd McFarlane Productions and its subsidiary McFarlane Toys.

 11 Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland

Colin Mochrie is a Scottish-born Canadian actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his appearances on the improvisational TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? He has appeared in numerous TV shows and films and is also active in theatrical productions. He co-wrote and co-produced the sitcom Getting Along Famously with his wife. 

 12 Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson
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Famous As: Journalist, U.S. Army scout
Birthdate: November 26, 1853
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henryville, Canada
Died: October 25, 1921

Bat Masterson was a lawman and professional gambler known for his exploits in the late 19th and early 20th-century American Old West. He was known for his hunting skills and earned fame as a gunfighter. Later in his life, he became a reporter and columnist for The Morning Telegraph and gained popularity as a leading sports writer.

 13 Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American political commentator, television host, comedienne, producer, and writer. Bee achieved international recognition for her 12-year tenure as a correspondent on the late-night talk and satirical news program The Daily Show. In 2017, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2017, she also won a Primetime Emmy Award.

 14 Nate Burleson

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

 15 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. 

 16 David Brooks

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

David Brooks is a Canadian-born American conservative political commentator. Having worked with popular publications like The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and Newsweek, Brooks is currently contributing as a writer for The New York Times. Also an educator, David Brooks has taught at prestigious institutions like the Sanford School of Public Policy and Yale University.

 17 Jesse Palmer

Jesse Palmer
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Famous As: American football player, TV personality
Birthdate: October 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 18 Monty Hall

Monty Hall
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Famous As: Best known as the game show host and producer of Let's Make a Deal
Birthdate: August 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: September 30, 2017

Although best remembered as the cheerful and friendly host of Let's Make a Deal, Molly Hall was also the co-creator and producer of this popular show. Born in Canada, he eventually moved to the USA, where he began producing and hosting number of television and radio shows, eventually being associated with a synonymous brain teaser called the Monty Hall Problem.

 19 Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi
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Famous As: Host of the Show Real Money With Ali Velshi on Al Jazeera America
Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
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.

 20 Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs
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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 21 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.

 22 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

Nardwuar the Human Serviette is a Canadian musician and interviewer. He was a founding member of the popular garage rock band The Evaporators where he currently serves as the keyboardist and lead singer. As an interviewer Nardwuar is renowned for his unorthodox approach and bizarre questions. In 2019, he was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.

 23 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.

 24 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. 

 25 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. 

 26 Margaret Trudeau

Margaret Trudeau
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Famous As: Author, Actress
Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

 27 Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: November 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Tarek Fatah is a Canadian liberal journalist, author, commentator, and Islamic reformer. Fatah, who was born in Pakistan, is renowned for his criticism of Islamism and Pakistan. Thanks to his views, Fatah remains a controversial figure in several Islamic countries. He is also known for his activism and has been active in advocacy groups that support causes like LGBT rights.

 28 David Frum

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

 29 Harland Williams

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

Canadian-American actor and stand-up comedian Harland Williams was initially interested in drawing, painting, and poetry and had also worked briefly as a forest ranger. Apart from appearing in minor roles in movies such as Dumb and Dumber, he has been a voice actor and a children’s book author, too.

 30 Shane Smith

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

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith is a renowned journalist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him to remote and war-torn places such as North Korea and Liberia. Listed as one of Canada's Richest People in 2015, he is a self-made millionaire with riches such as an 8-bedroom California mansion.

 31 Morley Safer

Morley Safer
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Famous As: Broadcast journalist, reporter and commentator
Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 19, 2016

Morley Safer was a Canadian-American journalist and correspondent for CBS News. He is best remembered for his tenure on the popular television news broadcast 60 Minutes. Safer is credited with contributing to the success of 60 Minutes, which is the most profitable and most-watched program in television history. During his 60-year career, Morley Safer received several awards including 12 Emmys.

 32 Brett Somers

Brett Somers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miramichi, Canada
Died: September 15, 2007

Brett Somers was a Canadian-American actress, game-show personality, and singer. She is remembered for her appearance in the television panel game show, Match Game. Her popularity led Robin Quivers to impersonate her on The Howard Stern Show. Her popularity also earned her roles in such TV series as The Odd Couple, where she appeared alongside her real-life husband Jack Klugman.

 33 Ashleigh Banfield

Ashleigh Banfield
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Famous As: Journalist, former host of Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield and Early Start on CNN
Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Ashleigh Banfield is a Canadian-American journalist best known for hosting the popular television news program Banfield. A well-known journalist, Banfield has also hosted shows like Early Start and Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN. In 1994, she was honored at the NATPE Iris Awards with two awards under the Best of Festival and Best News Documentary categories.

 34 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.

 35 Stephanie Beard

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

 36 Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian
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Famous As: Feminist Media Critic, Blogger
Birthdate: August 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Born to Iraqi immigrants to Canada, Anita Sarkeesian later moved to the U.S. and soared to fame as a feminist media critic and YouTuber. Her site Feminist Frequency explores the treatment of women in socio-cultural scenarios. Her Tropes vs Women project invited serious sexist and racist attacks online.

 37 Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada

Lyse Doucet is a Canadian journalist who works with the popular broadcaster British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She is BBC's current Chief International correspondent. One of the most respected and decorated Canadian journalists of all time Lyse Doucet has received several prestigious awards, such as the Royal Television Society Award, Peabody Award, David Bloom Award, and a Silver Sony Award. 

 38 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.

 39 John Saunders

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

John Saunders was a sports journalist who worked for the popular cable sports channel ESPN from 1986 to 2016. During his career, Saunders anchored important events, such as the 1995 World Series of Major League Baseball (MLB). His book Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope was published posthumously.

 40 Vampiro

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

Vampiro is a Canadian professional wrestler best known for his association with the popular Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA). He has also wrestled for several other promotions, such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also a musician, Vampiro is credited with forming a band called Droch Fhoula, in 2006.

 41 Rick Martel

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

Former Canadian wrestler Rick Martel, popularly known as The Model, was notorious in the wrestling circuit for using his fictional brand of cologne named Arrogance, which he would carry around and spray in his opponents’ eyes. His good looks also got him deals with designers in New York and Paris.

 42 Alexandre Trudeau

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.

 43 Mauro Ranallo

Mauro Ranallo
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Famous As: A Canadian Sports Announcer, Commentator and Mental Health Advocate
Birthdate: December 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Abbotsford, Canada

Mauro Ranallo is a Canadian sports commentator who is currently signed with the popular MMA organization Bellator as a play-by-play announcer. In 2015, Mauro Ranallo became the first person in U.S. national television history to call MMA, kickboxing, boxing, and professional wrestling. In 2018 and 2019, he was named Commentator of the Year by CBS Sports.

 44 Amanda Walsh

Amanda Walsh
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Famous As: Actress, Former VJ
Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rigaud, Canada

 45 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.

 46 Bryan Baeumler

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

Gemini Award-winning Canadian TV host Bryan Baeumler soared to fame with shows such as HGTV’s Renovation Island and House of Bryan, which he was part of, along with his wife, Sarah Baeumler. Initially a construction business owner, he now also runs a website that connects homeowners with service providers.

 47 Joe Shuster

Joe Shuster
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Famous As: Comic Book Artist
Birthdate: July 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 30, 1992

Joe Shuster was a comic book artist best remembered for co-creating one of the most popular comic book characters, Superman. Throughout his life, Shuster was involved in several legal battles over the ownership of the character. He was inducted into Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1992 and 1993 respectively.

 48 Lionel Blair

Lionel Blair
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Famous As: Actor and comedian became known for his captain role on the comedic game show Give Us a Clue.
Birthdate: December 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: November 4, 2021

 49 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.

 50 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.