Most famous Canadian actors

The second largest country in the world, Canada is known for its outstanding natural beauty and great hockey players. But it is also a birthplace of some of the biggest Hollywood stars. Check out some of the most popular actors and actresses born in Canada.

Pamela Anderson

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This British Columbia native has dual American and Canadian citizenship. Anderson is known for her roles in the television shows Baywatch and V.I.P., and of course being Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in 1990. She appeared in the magazine numerous times over a twenty-two year period. Anderson edged into acting with small roles in the 1990s sitcoms Home Improvement and The Nanny and starred in the short-lived show Stacked. Although Anderson has famously found herself in debt despite her high-profile successes, she is still one of the most recognizable Canadian celebrities.

Kiefer Sutherland

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Although born in London, Kiefer Sutherland — the son of Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas — spent most of his adolescence in and around the Toronto area. Kiefer Sutherland’s starring debut came the very next year in the small Canadian drama The Bay Boy, although it wasn’t until he stepped into the shoes of the villainous Ace Merrill in 1986’s Stand by Me that he finally started to make a name for himself. Kiefer’s roles in such hit movies as 1987’s The Lost Boys, 1988’s Young Guns and 1990’s Flatliners cemented his stardom, and he was recognized as one of the most talented young actors of his generation. Kiefer’s role as Jack Bauer on the hit FOX series 24 has certainly played an instrumental role in his resurgence as one of the most successful Canadian actors out there.

Ryan Reynolds

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Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds is known for taking on high-profile action roles in Green Lantern and Blade: Trinity, which grossed over $128 million worldwide. Reynolds launched into acting after starring in a Canadian-produced teen soap in the early 1990s and has appeared in numerous television shows and movies before becoming a star. He has also played the romantic male lead in movies such as Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal, and Adventureland.

Rachel McAdams

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Born in London, Ontario, Rachel enjoyed figure skating as a child and even won regional skating competitions. Growing up, however, she gradually transitioned into the world of acting, graduating from a theatre program at Ontario’s York University. After graduation, she worked in Canadian television and film productions and won several Canadian awards and nominations. In 2002, McAdams moved into the Hollywood scene. In 2004, she enjoyed success in her first box office hit movies as the star of the teen comedy written by Tina Fey, Mean Girls, grossing over $129 million worldwide, and the hit romantic drama The Notebook.

Ryan Gosling

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McAdams’ The Notebook co-star Ryan Gosling also calls Canada home. Born in London, Ontario, Ryan attended auditions in Montreal at the age of 12 to appear on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. After being given a role on the show that also launched the careers of stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, he moved to Orlando and continued to work for many years in roles on children’s television shows. At the age of nineteen, he transitioned into independent film. His first mainstream hit was in The Notebook in 2004, which grossed over $115 million worldwide. He continued in independent film for a few years until taking on three high profile roles in 2011 with Crazy, Supid, Love, Drive and The Ides of March.

Seth Rogen

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Vancouver native Seth Rogen has become a recognizable name as a result of extensive work as an actor, comedian and writer. He began a career in the spotlight by doing stand-up comedy in his hometown, earning first place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Fest in 1998. His first break on screen was in the 1999 series Freaks and Geeks, which also launched the careers of James Franco and Jason Segel. He played a role in the hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which earned over 100 million in the box office. His other work on screen includes starring in Knocked Up and Funny People.

Michael J. Fox

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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Michael J. Fox is another American-Canadian dual citizen. His career began in the 1970s. One of his best-known roles was as Marty McFly from the Back to the Future movie trilogy. He was also a very familiar face on television in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing on the television sitcom Family Ties, for which he won three Emmys. He also had a starring role on Spin City, which earned him another Emmy as well as several other awards.

Jim Carrey

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The Golden Globe winning actor born in Newmarket, Ontario, is well-known for his very physical comedy style. The actor became known for roles in Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber, which launched him on the scene in the early 1990s. However, this diverse actor later moved into more serious roles and found box office hits in dramas as well. He enjoyed box office hits with movies such as The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Keanu Reeves

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Reeves primarily grew up in Toronto and is a naturalized Canadian citizen. Keanu’s big break came in 1994 with a starring role in the movie Speed. He quickly transformed into an A-list actor as a result of the international success of this film, though continued to accept supporting roles in movies throughout the 1990s until he landed a starring role in the hit The Matrix. In 2013, the first film he directed, Man of Tai Chi, premiered at the Beijing Film Festival and Cannes.

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