Famous Canadian T V & Movie Producers

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Despite winning innumerable Awards from all around the globe, the Canadian film industry has had to struggle hard for being overshadowed by the American film industry. A testimony to the fact is the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ earned by the Canadian film and television industry. The film fraternity of the country has two distinct groups: Anglophone-Canadian (English speaking Canadians) and Francophone-Canadian (French speaking Canadians) and both the communities have contributed to the production of over 1600 feature films since 1911. The cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have housed some of the major production centers making Canada a hub for contemporary cinema and the country has given the industry some of the notable film producers like Jim Carrey and Seth Rogen. James Cameron, another legendary Canadian film producer has produced some notable movies such as ‘The Terminator’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’. ‘Saturday Night Live’, the popular comic show which revolutionized sketch comedy has been produced by Lorne Michaels another Canadian producer. Metro Goldwyn Motion Picture Studio, is a name reckoned with in the film production industry, was co-founded by Louis B. Mayer, also a Canadian. To know more about famous Canadian TV and film producers explore our collection of biographies. Apart from information on the life stories, career and timelines, we also present some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.
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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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Kiefer Sutherland
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Fox Drama 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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Will Arnett
(Canadian Actor, Comedian and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Gob Bluth’ in the TV Series ‘Arrested Development’)
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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Mackenzie Davis
(Canadian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Smashed’, ‘Breathe In’, ‘The F Word’ and ‘That Awkward Moment’)
Mackenzie Davis
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Birthdate: April 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Mackenzie Davis is a Canadian actress who made headlines after being cast in the popular science-fiction film Terminator: Dark Fate. In the film, she played a super soldier from the future. Mackenzie Davis serves as an inspiration to many young aspiring actors and actresses from Canada.

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Robbie Amell
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role as ‘Stephen Jameson’ on the CW Series ‘The Tomorrow People’)
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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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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Dan Levy
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Role of 'David Rose' on the CBC Sitcom 'Schitt’s Creek')
Dan Levy
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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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Nora Fatehi
(Actress, Model, and Producer Known for Her Work in the Indian Film Industry)
Nora Fatehi
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Birthdate: February 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nora Fatehi is a popular figure in the Indian film industry. Although born and raised in Canada. Nora has worked in Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi language films. She was part of one of the highest-grossing Indian films ever - Baahubali: The Beginning. Apart from appearing in films, she has also made a mark in the TV industry.

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Lorne Michaels
(Creator and Producer of 'Saturday Night Live')
Lorne Michaels
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Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, comedian, and screenwriter. He is credited with creating and producing one of the most popular American TV sketch comedy and variety shows, Saturday Night Live. With 91 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt, Lorne Michaels holds the record for having the most nominations by an individual in the award show's history.

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Matthew Perry
(Best Known for His Role of 'Chandler Bing' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')
Matthew Perry
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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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Mary Pickford
(One of the Most Popular Actresses of the 1910s and 1920s)
Mary Pickford
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Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 29, 1979

Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actor Gladys Marie Smith, better known by her pseudonym, Mary Pickford, was also one of the co-founders of Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists. She and 35 others co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also known as "America's Sweetheart" of silent films.

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David Furnish
(Canadian Filmmaker, Producer and Director)
David Furnish
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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.

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Meaghan Rath
(Actress)
Meaghan Rath
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Birthdate: June 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Meaghan Rath is a Canadian actress known for her appearance in television series, such as Being Human, The Assistants, 15/Love, and Hawaii Five-0. In 2015, she won the prestigious Golden Maple Award under the Newcomer of the Year in a TV Series Broadcast in the U.S. category for her performance in the TV sitcom, New Girl.

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Catherine Reitman
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Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Catherine Reitman is an American-Canadian writer, actress, and producer. She is credited with creating and writing the popular Canadian television sitcom Workin' Moms, where she also portrays the role of Kate Foster. In 2017, the sitcom earned five Canadian Screen Award nominations in different categories.

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Sarah Polley
(Actress, Director)
Sarah Polley
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Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Evan Goldberg
(Screenwriter, Producer, Comedian, and Director)
Evan Goldberg
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Birthdate: September 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, 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. 

 

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Shauna Robertson
(Film Producer)
Shauna Robertson
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Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

Shauna Robertson is a Canadian film producer best known for her association with American filmmaker Judd Apatow. From 1999 to 2008, Robertson produced several movies for Apatow Productions, including films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad. She is often cited as the reason for including nudity in many of Apatow's films.

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Ivan Reitman
(Director Known for His Comedy Film ‘Ghostbusters’ & Owner of the ‘Montecito Picture Company')
Ivan Reitman
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Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Died: February 12, 2022

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. 

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Ryan Stiles
(Best Known for his TV Show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?')
Ryan Stiles
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Birthdate: April 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Ryan Stiles is an American-Canadian comedian and actor. Stiles, whose forte is improvisational comedy, is known for his work in the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Also known for his charity work, Stiles has been working hard to raise fund for children with burn injuries. Since 2009, he has raised over $500,000 for a foundation called the Burned Children Recovery Center.

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Gloria Reuben
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Jeanie Boulet’ on the TV Series ‘ER’)
Gloria Reuben
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Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Gloria Reuben is a Canadian actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for playing Jeanie Boulet in the popular medical drama TV series ER, for which she received nominations at Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Also an activist, Gloria Reuben works towards raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. She also takes interest in issues, such as climate change.

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Jack L Warner
(Canadian-American Film Executive and Founder of ‘Warner Brothers. Studios’)
Jack L Warner
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Birthdate: August 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: September 9, 1978

One of 12 children of Polish immigrants, Jack L Warner, along with three of his brothers, formed the iconic production house Warner Bros. Apart from producing the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, and iconic films such as Casablanca, they also launched the careers of the who’s who of Hollywood.

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Peter North
(Pornographic actor)
Peter North
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Birthdate: May 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Paul Haggis
(Director, screenwriter, and producer who won the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for the 2004 film Crash)
Paul Haggis
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Birthdate: March 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
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Calum Worthy
(Actor, Writer, Producer)
Calum Worthy
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Birthdate: January 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian actor Calum Worthy, best known for his roles in The Act and American Vandal, had started his career as a child actor. A prominent environment activist, he makes his fans aware about climate change through his social-media profiles and has been associated with the Climate Reality Project.

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Paul Gross
(Known for His Lead Role as Constable Benton Fraser in the Television Series ‘Due South')
Paul Gross
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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.

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Angus Sutherland
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Birthdate: September 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Carly Pope
(Actress)
Carly Pope
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Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Alyson Court
(Actress)
Alyson Court
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Birthdate: November 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Jean-Marc Vallée
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Birthdate: March 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 25, 2021
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Katherine Barrell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Saul Rubinek
(Known for His Television Roles, Notably Artie Nielsen on Warehouse 13, Donny Douglas on Frasier)
Saul Rubinek
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Birthdate: July 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: 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. 

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Alisha Newton
(Actress)
Alisha Newton
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Birthdate: July 22, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Laura Harris
(Actress)
Laura Harris
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Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Tyler Hynes
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Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Les Stroud
(Musician)
Les Stroud
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Birthdate: October 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mimico
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Mark Twitchell
(Canadian Filmmaker Who Was Convicted of First-Degree Murder of John Brian Altinger)
Mark Twitchell
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Birthdate: July 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Mark Twitchell, or the Dexter Killer, is believed to have been inspired by the iconic crime-drama series Dexter. He catfished a man named John Altinger on a dating site, by posing as a woman, before killing him. A document on his laptop named Serial Killer Confessions led to his arrest.
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Hart Bochner
(Best Known for His Roles in the Movies: 'Die Hard', 'Breaking Away' and 'Rich and Famous')
Hart Bochner
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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.

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Crystal Lowe
(Actress)
Crystal Lowe
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Birthdate: January 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Scott McGillivray
(Canadian Entrepreneur and TV Host Best Known as the Star & Producer of HGTV Series 'Income Property' & 'Buyers Bootcamp')
Scott McGillivray
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Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

The star of hit HGTV series such as Income Property and Moving the McGillivrays, Scott McGillivray also owns real-estate and entertainment firms. He is also a Habitat for Humanity Canada ambassador and has penned bestselling home improvement and real-estate investing books. He divides time between his homes in Ontario and Florida.

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Tove Christensen
(Known for producing the film Shattered Glass)
Tove Christensen
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Birthdate: February 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
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Mary Harron
(Film director, Film producer)
Mary Harron
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Birthdate: January 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
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Atom Egoyan
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)
Atom Egoyan
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Birthdate: July 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
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Mike Clattenburg
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Birthplace: Cole Harbour, Canada
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Peter Aykroyd
(Actor, Comedian)
Peter Aykroyd
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Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Roger Avary
(Screenwriter, Film director)
Roger Avary
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Birthdate: August 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Flin Flon, Canada
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Colin Ferguson
(Actor, Director)
Colin Ferguson
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Birthdate: July 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Danny Antonucci
(Animator)
Danny Antonucci
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Birthdate: February 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Mack Sennett
(Canadian-American Film Actor, Director, and Producer)
Mack Sennett
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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. 

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Kenny Hotz
(South Park writer and creator of Comedy Central's Kenny vs. Spenny, Testees (FX), and Triumph of the Will)
Kenny Hotz
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Birthdate: May 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Mark Robson
(Film director)
Mark Robson
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Birthdate: December 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 20, 1978