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"20% of Hollywood is Canadian " -- Time Magazine (03/25/98), commenting on the Canadian invasion of Hollywood

Here are some names of Canadians that have achieved an amount of international success. There are many more famous Canadians, far too numerous to mention, but these are here to prod the minds of those who think they don't know ANY famous Canadians. Unless you have been cut off from world culture for the last century, I'm sure you will recognize at least ONE of these names. If you know of someone who should be on this list e-mail me

Big and Little Screen

Anderson, Pamela Baywatch
Aykroyd, Dan Saturday Night Live,The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters
Bluteau, Lothaire Jesus of Montreal,Black Robe
Brown, Blair The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Burroughs, JackieThe Grey Fox, Road to Avonlea
Burr, Raymond Perry Mason, Ironside
Candy, John SCTV ,Uncle Buck, Canadian Bacon
Cardinal, TantooBlack Robe, Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall
Carrey, JimThe Mask, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Dumb and Dumber
Chaykin, MauryDances with Wolves, Whale Music
Crewson, Wendy Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, The Doctor
Cronyn, Hume Shadow of a Doubt, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included
Czerny, Henry Boys of St. Vincent, Mission Impossible
Davis, Geriant WynForever Knight, Black Harbour
Doohan, James Star Trek
Dewhurst, Colleen Anne of Green Gables, Murphy Brown, Annie Hall
Elliott, David James Melrose Place, JAG
Foley, David Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy, News Radio
Follows, Megan Hockey Night, Anne of Green Gables, Second Chances, Under the Piano,
Fox, Michael J. Back to the Future, Family Ties, Spin City
George, Chief Dan Little Big Man
Greene, Graham Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart
Greene, Lorne Bonanza, Lorne Greene's Wilderness
Gross, Paul Due South
Hartman, Phil Saturday Night Live, News Radio
Ironside, MichaelScanners, Top Gun Total Recall
Jackson, TomLoyalties, The Diviners, North of 60
Peter JenningsABC Nightly News
Jenkins,Rebecca Bye Bye Blues, BlackHarbour
Levy, EugeneSCTV
Kristin Kreuk Smallville
Little, Rich
Howie Mandel Comedian
Martin, Andrea SCTV, Star Trek: DS9
McCarthy, Sheila I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, Die Hard 2
McCulloch, Bruce Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy, Anne of Green Gables - The Sequel
McDonald, Kevin Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy
McKinney, Mark Kids in the Hall,Brain Candy, Saturday Night Live
Moranis, Rick SCTV, Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Hockey Night, Little Shop of Horrors
Myers, Mike Saturday Night Live, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Waynes' World, Austin Powers
Nelligan, Kate The Prince of Tides, Fatal Instinct
Nielsen, Leslie Airplane,The Naked Gun, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Mr. MaGoo
O'Hara, Catherine SCTV, Beetlejuice, Home Alone
Pickford, Mary Little Lord Fauntleroyknown as "America's Sweetheart"
Perry, Matthew Friends
Pinsent, Gordon The Rowdy Man,Who Has Seen the Wind, Due South
Plummer, Christopher The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, Star Trek VI,
Polley, Sarah Ramona, Lantern Hill, Road to Avonlea , Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter
Priestley, Jason Beverly Hills 90210
Reeves, Keanu Johnny Mnemonic, Speed, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Point Break
Reid, Kate Dallas, Bye Bye Blues, The Andromeda Strain, A Delicate Balance
Russell, Harold The Best Years of Our Lives
Schnarre, Monika The Bold and the Beautiful
Shatner, William Star Trek
Short, Martin SCTV, Saturday Night Live, The Three Amigos, Merlin
Sutherland, Donald M*A*S*H, Klute, Ordinary People, Eye of the Needle, Bethune
Sutherland, Kiefer The Lost Boys, Stand By Me, A Few Good Men
Tilly, Meg The Big Chill, Agnes of God
Thicke , AlanGrowing Pains
Thomas , DaveSCTV, Strange Brew, Grace Under Fire
Thompson, Scott Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy, Garry Shandling
Wincott, Michael Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1492- Conquest of Paradise
Wray, Fay King Kong

Arcand, Denys The Decline of the American Empire, Jesus of Montreal, Love and Human Remains
Cameron, JamesTrue Lies, Terminator, Aliens, Titanic
Cronenberg, David The Fly, Naked Lunch, Madam Butterfly
Egoyan, Atom Exotica, The Adjuster, The Sweet Hereafter
Jewison, Norman Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Agnes of God
Kotcheff, Ted The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now
McDonald, Bruce (writer) Roadkill, Highway 61, Dance Me Outside
McFarland, Todd creator of Spawn.
Reitman, Ivan Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters

Harron, Don (a.k.a.: Charlie Farquharson), Hee Haw
Michaels, Lorne (producer)Saturday Night Live, Kids In The Hall
Shuster, Frank (half of Wayne and Shuster comedy team)
Smith, Steve The Red Green Show, Smith & Smith Comedy Mill
Wayne, Johnny (half of Wayne and Shuster comedy team)

Bateman, Robert
Carmichael, Frank
Carr, Emily
Karsh, Yousuf
Jackson, A.Y.
Thomson, Tom

Bailey,Donovan sprinter - Fastest man on earth 1997
Browning, Kurt World Champion Figure Skater.
Gretzky, Wayne Hockey player
Goodyear, Scott IndyCar racedriver
Hanlan, Ned Champion Rower
Howe, Gordie Hockey player
Johnson, Ben sprinter
Lafleur, Guy Hockey player
Naismith,James inventor of basketball
Orr, Bobby Hockey player
"Rocket" Richard, Maurice Hockey player
Tracy, Paul IndyCar race driver
Villeneuve, Gilles Formula One race driver
Villeneuve, Jacques IndyCar race driver, 1995 Indy 500 winner, first Canadian win the Formula F1 World Driving Champion in 1997, the only Canadian to place higher than his father Gilles Villeneuve in F1

Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid's Tale, Bodily Harm, The Robber Bride
Berton, Pierre Vimy Klondike, The National Dream, The Last Spike
Carrier, Roch La Guerre, Yes Sir! , The Hockey Sweater
Cohen, Leonard (poet) Suzanne
Coupland, Douglas Generation X
Davies, Robertson Fifth Business, The Cunning Man
Kinsella, W.P. Shoeless Joe
Laurence, Margaret The Diviners, The Stone Angel
Leacock, Stephen Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
McCrae, John (poet) In Flanders Fields
McLuhan, Marshall "the medium is the message"
Mitchell, W. O . Who Has Seen the Wind, Jake and the Kid
Montgomery, Lucy Maude Anne of Green Gables
Moore, Brian Black Robe
Mowat, Farley Never Cry Wolf, The Boat That Wouldn't Float
Munro, Alice Short-stories incl. Walker Brothers Cowboy
Ondaatje, Michael Coming Through Slaughter, The English Patient
Richler, Mordecai The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now
Roy, Gabrielle Bonheur d'Occasion, Ces enfants de ma vie
Service, Robert W. (poet)TheShooting of Dan McGrew, Songs of a Sourdough
Tremblay, Michel (playwright)Sainte Carmen of the Main

Adams, Bryan Cuts Like a Knife,Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Anka, Paul Diana, My Way
April Wine You Could Have BeenA Lady, Bad Side Of The Moon
Arden, Jann Could I Be Your Girl, Living Under June
Bachman-Turner Overdrive Let It Ride, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Barenaked Ladies If I Had $1,000,000, Shoebox
Blue Rodeo
Cochrane, Tom Life Is A Highway
Cockburn, Bruce If I Had a Rocket Launcher, If A Tree Falls
Cohen, Leonard Suzanne, I'm Your Man
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session
Crash Test Dummies Superman Song, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm
Dion, Celine Where Does My Heart Beat Now, My Heart Will Go On
Ferguson, Maynard Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky)
Foster, David Calgary Olympics '88 theme
Glass Tiger
Furtado, Nelly I'm like a Bird
Glass Tiger Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone
Gould, Glenn , pianist
The Guess Who American Woman
Hart, Corey Sunglasses at Night, Boy In The Box, Never Surrender
Healey, Jeff Angel Eyes
Hill, Dan Sometimes When We Touch
lang, k.d. Absolute Torch and Twang, Ingenue, Constant Craving
Lanois, Daniel , producer (U2, Bob Dylan)
Lightfoot, Gordon Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, If You Could Read My Mind
Lombardo, Guy leader of his "Royal Canadians"
Loverboy Turn Me Loose
MacIsaac, Ashley Sleepy Maggie
McKennitt, Loreena The Mask and Mirror
McLachlan, Sarah Possesion, Into The Fire, I Will Remeber You
Mills, Frank Music Box Dancer
Mitchell, Joni Raised on Robbery, Help Me, Free Man in Paris
Morissette, Alanis You OughtaKnow,
Murray , AnneSnowbird, You Needed Me

Our Lady Peace One Man Army
Peterson, Oscar , jazz pianist
The Pursuit of Happiness I'm an Adult Now
The Rankin Family Fare Thee Well Love, We Rise Again
Robertson, Robbie Somewhere Down the Crazy River, Showdown At Big Sky
Rush Spirit of the Radio, Tom Sawyer, Closer to the Heart
Sainte-Marie, Buffy Universal Soldier, Summer Boy
Shaffer, Paul (Late Show with David Letterman)When The Radio Is On
Spirit Of The West Home For A Rest
SteppenwolfBorn to Be Wild
Sum 41 Fatlip
Twain, Shania The Woman In Me
The Tragically Hip New Orleans is Sinking
Voisine, Roch Helene, I'll Always Be There
Neil Young Heart of Gold, Helpless, Harvest Moon

Avery, Oswald (physician, bacteriologist)discovered that DNA carries genetic information
Banting, Frederick (1923 Nobel Prize winner in medicine) co-discoverer of insulin
Bethune, Normand (doctor) hero of the Chinese revolution
Best, Charles (1923 Nobel Prize winner in medicine) co-discoverer of insulin
Bondar, Roberta (astronaut)
Brockhouse, Bertram (1994 Nobel Prize winner in physics)
Garneau, Marc (astronaut)
Herzberg, Gerhard (1971 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry )
Hubel, David (1981 Nobel Prize winner in medicine )
Polanyi, John (1986 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry )
Smith, Michael (1993 Nobel Prizewinner in chemistry)
Taube, Henry (1983 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry)
Taylor, Richard (1990 Nobel Prize winner in physics)

...and then some
Bishop, Billy
(aviator) World War I fighter pilot, shot down 72 enemy planes
Brown, Roy (aviator) World War I fighter pilot, shot down the Red Baron
Dionne Quintuplets first quintuplets known to have survived infancy, did three films
Evangelista, Linda (supermodel)
Fleming, Sanford (engineer) inventor of standard time zones
Johnston, Lynn (cartoonist)For Better of For Worse
McLaren, Norman (animator)
Pearson, Lester B. (Prime Minister) Nobel Peace Prize
Shuster, Joe creator of Superman
Trebek, Alex (host) of Jeopardy

Published on: 2004-08-05 (26776 reads)

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