Carlo D. Rota, actor, television host (born 17 April 1961 in London, England). Distinguished by his elegant accent and smooth, baritone delivery, Mediterranean looks and air of refinement, Carlo Rota is a successful character actor of Italian descent who is often cast as a Muslim, an erudite professional, or an ethnically ambiguous villain.
David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, geneticist, broadcaster, environmental activist (born 24 March 1936 in Vancouver, BC).
The Honourable Thomas Benjamin Banks, OC, AOE, pianist, conductor, arranger, composer, TV personality, actor, producer, politician (born 17 December 1936 in Calgary, AB).
Clémence DesRochers. Monologuist, comedian, singer-songwriter, actress, broadcaster, artist, b Sherbrooke, Que, 23 Nov 1933; honorary doctorate (Sherbrooke) 1994.
Ryan Thomas Gosling, actor, musician, producer, director (born 12 November 1980 in London, ON). Ryan Gosling started out as a child actor before giving a breakthrough performance in the Sundance-winning indie drama The Believer in 2001. Capable of playing characters that are utterly creepy yet somehow magnetic and attractive, he has amassed a gallery of intense performances that matches the early work of Robert De Niro and Gary Oldman. An A-list Hollywood star, he has proven equally adept at comedy (Lars and the Real Girl, Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Nice Guys, The Big Short) and drama ¬(The Notebook, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, The Ides of March). He has received two Oscar nominations and won a Golden Globe in 2017 for his lead role in the award-winning musical La La Land.
"Far-fetched nonsense," scoffed The Globe and Mails John Doyle, while The Toronto Stars Greg Quill dismissed him as "an outrageous pompous bore, a self-promoting Big Brother talking down to us all.
Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright, broadcaster, writer (born at Curve Lake First Nation near Peterborough, Ont, 1 July 1962).
Jim Carrey has been compared to Jerry Lewis in his willingness - even eagerness - to embarrass himself and others and to enact a manic-depressive crisis of self-worth in hyperkinetic comic terms.
Roles in major films soon followed, with the rotund Candy often cast as a lovable slob or loser with a heart of gold, as in Splash (1984). His later films as a supporting player included Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles (both 1987) and Home Alone (1990).
Keanu Reeves, actor, producer (born at Beirut, Lebanon 2 Sept 1964). Keanu Reeves moved to Toronto at the age of 5 with his mother and stayed there until 1984, attending various drama schools under the influence of his stepfather, the Broadway and Hollywood producer Paul Aaron.
Sandra Miju Oh, actor, producer (born 20 July 1971 in Nepean, ON).
In New York he became a regular on and off Broadway, establishing a singing/acting career in such productions as Deathtrap, Sweeney Todd and They're Playing Our Song. Victor Garber has been nominated 4 times for a Tony Award, for Damn Yankees, Lend Me a Tenor, Deathtrap and Little Me.
Antonio Barichievich, né Anton Baričević, “the Great Antonio,” Québec strongman, professional wrestler and actor (born 10 or 25 October 1925 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia; died 7 September 2003 in Montréal, QC).
Jean-Guy Moreau, CM, impressionist, comedian, writer, singer and musician (born 29 October 1943 in Montréal, QC; died 1 May 2012 in Montréal).
Martin Short, comedian, actor (born at Hamilton, Ont 26 Mar 1950). Martin Short is a celebrated comedic performer.
Michael J. Fox (born Michael Andrew Fox), OC, actor, producer, author (born 9 June 1961 Fox in Edmonton, AB). Michael J. Fox is best known for his roles in the Back to the Future trilogy and in the TV series Family Ties and Spin City.
Roy Dupuis, actor (b at Haileybury ON 21 April 1963).
Sarah Polley, OC, actor, director, writer, producer (born 8 January 1979 in Toronto, ON). One of Canada's most talented and well-known actors, Sarah Polley is also an acclaimed director and a committed political activist.
Laurier LaPierre, television personality, author, editor, academic (born at Lac-Mégantic, Qué 21 Nov 1929; died at Ottawa, 17 Dec 2012).
Juliette Huot, actress (born 9 January 1912 in Montreal, QC; died 16 March 2001 in Brossard, QC). Huot was a pioneer in Québec radio, theatre and television.
Rose Ouellette, actress, author, composer (born 25 August 1903 in Montréal, QC; died 14 September 1996 in Montréal, QC).
Denise Morelle, actress (born 3 December 1926 in Montréal, QC; died 17 July 1984 in Montreal, QC).
Olivier Guimond, actor, mime (born 21 May 1914 in Montréal, QC; died 29 November 1971 in Montréal).
Jean-Louis Millette, actor (born 4 January 1935 in Montréal, QC; died 29 September 1999 in Montréal).
Jean Duceppe, actor and theatre director (born 25 October 1923 in Montréal, QC; died 7 December 1990 in Montréal).