As most successful actors end up starring in Hollywood movies which are often set in the US, it is not too surprising that the ancestry of many Canadians is forgotten. However, as you’ll see from the list below Canada has had more than its share of globally famous superstar actors. See if you knew just how many of the actors listed below are actually from Canada:
Ontario-born Jim Carrey has starred in more blockbuster movies than anybody else on the list, with total revenue from his movies totalling over $4.6 Billion. While smash hit roles have been thinner on the ground lately, thestring of successful comedies he fronted has ensured his legacy as one of the great comedy actors of his generation.
Most famous movies:The Truman Show, Liar Liar, The Mask
Canadian-born Seth has been perfecting his comedy routines since the precocious age of 13. Hooking up with Judd Apatow has certainly helped his career, and gave him a start on cult TV favorite Freaks and Geeks. Since then he has enjoyed critical and commercial success in a variety of comedies, with the 40-year-old Virgin his first major Hollywood role.
Most famous movies: Superbad, Knocked Up
It’s probably fair to say that son of a Canadian Mountie Leslie Nielsen has featured in his fair share of turkeys (Mr Magoo,Spy Hard…) over the years. However, over the course of a 50+ year career he won a place in the hearts of comedy fans world-wide for his appearances in classics of the genre like the Airplane and Naked Gun series of movies.
Most famous movies: Airplane, The Naked Gun
Vancouver born Ryan Reynolds has had an interesting career, appearing in a range of movies from teen comedies to family animations to X-rated comedies. His biggest commercial success to date has certainly been his role as foul-mouthed superhero Deadpool, a marked contrast to the widely panned Green Lantern in which he also starred.
Most famous movies: Deadpool, Buried
Baby-faced Michael Cera has featured in a number of left-of-center comedies since graduating from the hit TV show Arrested Development. His quirky comedic sensibilities have seen him land major roles in hit comedies like Sausage Party, Superbad, Juno and a host of others.
Most famous movies: Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Anna Paquin tasted major success incredibly early, picking up the Best Supporting Actress award for her work in ‘The Piano’ at the tender age of eleven. She has appeared in a number of major movies since then, including the X-Men series in which she played the role of mutant superheroine Rogue.
Most famous movies: The Piano, X-Men
By the time he was 20 Mike Myers was already starring in his own TV show in Canada, so by the time he joined Saturday Night Live he was well versed in the world of comedy and performance. Taking the character of Wayne from SNL to the big screen proved a smash hit, as did other comic creations like Austin Powers and cartoon ogre Shrek.
Most famous movies:Austin Powers, Wayne’s World, Shrek
Michael J Fox
Leaving Canada for the States at age 18, Michael J. Fox had to endure some barren years before breaking through with his attention-grabbing role as Alex P. Keaton, in the long-running hit TV show Family Ties. From there he went on to star in a string of successful movies over the 80s and 90s, although the onset of Parkinson’s has restricted his ability to act in recent years.
Most famous movies:Back to the Future, Teen Wolf
Another famous Ontarian, Ryan Gosling is one of a line of graduates of the Mickey Mouse club, where he acted as backup dancer for future superstars Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. His career as a Hollywood actor has led him to choose a variety of different roles, eschewing the typical leading man roles in traditional blockbusters for more interesting fare.
Most famous movies:La La Land, The Notebook, Drive
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams were both born in London, Ontario (population 380,000). Coincidentally both got their big breaks starring opposite each other in syrupy romantic drama ‘The Notebook’. McAdams earned her first Oscar nomination for her role in the acclaimed Best Picture Winner of 2016: Spotlight.
Most famous movies:Spotlight, The Time Traveller’s Wife
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