Celebrities you never knew were Canadian

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    Canada has made great contributions to the world in everything from arts and music to astronomy and science. Here are some of Canada’s most famous citizens:

    Architects

    • Étienne Gaboury  (born 1930) – architect of the Embassy of Canada in Mexico and the Royal Canadian Mint building in Winnipeg
    • Frank Gehry   (born 1929) – architect of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Experience Music Project, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Art Gallery of Ontario
    • E.J. Lennox RAIC (1854–1933) – architect of Old City Hall in Toronto, and Casa Loma
    • John M. Lyle FRIBA (1872–1945) RAIC – architect of the New York Public Library, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and Toronto’s Union Station

     

    Artists

    Actors

    • Pamela Anderson (Scary Movie)
    • Will Arnett
    • Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbuster)
    • Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon)
    • James Cameron (Avator, Aliens)
    • Neve Campbell (Scream)
    • John Candy
    • Jim Carrey
    • Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City)
    • Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith)
    • James Doohan (Star Trek)
    • Brendan Fraser (The Mummy)
    • Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future)
    • Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love)
    • Tom Green (The Tom Green Show
    • Lorne Greene
    • Graham Greene (The Green Mile)
    • Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek)
    • Corey Haim (The Lost Boys)
    • Phil Hartman
    • Joshua Jackson (Cruel Intentions)
    • Margot Kidder (Superman)
    • Eugene Levy (American Pie)
    • Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris)
    • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace)
    • Howie Mandel
    • Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters)
    • Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix)
    • Mike Myers (Austin Powers)
    • Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun)
    • Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone)
    • Sandra Oh (ER, Sideways)
    • Ellen Page (Inception)
    • Anna Paquin (The Piano)
    • Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan)
    • Matthew Perry (Friends)
    • Mary Pickford (Coquette)
    • Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, Up)
    • Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead)
    • Jason Priestley (90210)
    • Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern)
    • Caroline Rhea (The Perfect Man)
    • Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express)
    • William Shatner (Star Trek)
    • Martin Short (Frankenweenie)
    • Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job)
    • Kiefer Sutherland (24)
    • Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)

     

    Musicians

    • Alanis Morissette
    • Amanda Marshall
    • April Wine
    • Avril Lavigne
    • Barenaked Ladies
    • Big Sugar
    • Blue Rodeo
    • Bryan Adams
    • Burton Cummings
    • Celine Dion
    • Chantal Kreviazuk
    • Corey Hart
    • Cowboy Junkies
    • Crash Test Dummies
    • David Wilcox
    • Diana Krall
    • Drake
    • Econoline Crush
    • Finger Eleven
    • Gordon Lightfoot
    • Great Big Sea
    • Holly Cole
    • Jann Arden
    • Jeff Healey
    • Justin Bieber
    • Matthew Good
    • Michael Bublé
    • Neil Young
    • Nelly Furtado
    • Nickleback
    • Our Lady Peace
    • Paul Anka
    • Paul Shaffer
    • Sam Roberts
    • Shania Twain
    • Simple Plan
    • Sum 41
    • The Guess Who
    • The Moffatts
    • The Tragically Hip
    • Treble Charger

    Astronauts

    • Roberta Bondar (born 1945) – first Canadian woman in space.
    • Marc Garneau (born 1949) – first Canadian man in space.
    • Chris Hadfield (born 1959) – first Canadian to walk in space. First Canadian to command the International Space Station.
    • Steven MacLean (born 1954)
    • Julie Payette (born 1963)
    • Robert Thirsk (born 1953) Holds record for longest time spent for a Canadian astronaut in space.
    • Bjarni Tryggvason (born 1945)

     

    Fashion

    • Barry, Ben (born 1983) – founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency
    • Beker, Jeanne (born 1952) – reporter
    • Caten, Dean and Dan (born 1965) – renowned designers known as Dsquared, honoured on the Canadian Walk of Fame
    • Collison, Meghan (born 1988) – model
    • Chante, Keshia (born 1988) – model and singer
    • Cojocaru, Steven (born 1962) – (known as Cojo) critic and correspondent on Entertainment Tonight
    • Evangelista, Linda (born 1965) – model
    • Harlow, Shalom (born 1973) – model and actress
    • Lazareanu, Irina (born 1982) – model
    • Manuel, Jay (born 1972) – expert on America’s Next Top Model and “Canada’s Next Top Model”
    • Marks, Heather (born 1988) – model
    • Mills, Kenneth G. (1923–2004) – designer
    • Muise, Alana (born 1987) – model
    • Nygård, Peter (born 1943) – designer
    • Ogilvie, Lana – model
    • Rocha, Coco (born 1988) – model
    • Schnarre, Monika (born 1971) – model
    • Stam, Jessica (born 1986) – model
    • Werbowy, Daria (born 1983) – Polish-born Canadian model.
    • Zimmer, Alana (born 1987)- model
    • Taryn Davidson (born 1991) – model

     

    Inventors

    • Bell, Alexander Graham (1847–1922) – invented the telephone
    • Bombardier, Joseph-Armand (1907–1964) – invented the snowmobile
    • Evans, Mathew (unknown) – co-inventor of the first electric light bulb
    • Fessenden, Reginald (1866–1932) – radio inventor who made the first radio-transmitted audio transmission and the first two-way transatlantic radio transmission
    • Sir Fleming, Sandford (1827–1915) – inventor of the system of Standard Time zones
    • Gesner, Abraham Pineo (1797–1864) – inventor of kerosene; known as the “Father of the Petroleum Industry”
    • Gosling, James OC (born 1955) – invented Java computer language
    • Klein, George (1904–1992) – developed: electric wheelchairs, microsurgical staple gun, the ZEEP nuclear reactor, and the Canadarm
    • Le Caine, Hugh (1914–1977) – invented the music synthesizer in 1945
    • MacPherson, Cluny (1879–1966) – invented the first general-issue gas mask used by the British Army in World War I
    • Naismith, James (1861–1939) – invented basketball
    • Ryan, Thomas F. (1872–1971) – invented five-pin bowling
    • Sicard, Arthur (unknown) invented the snowblower in 1925
    • Woodward, Henry (unknown) – co-inventor of the first electric light bulb

     

    Medical

    • Sir, Major Banting, Frederick (1891–1941) – Discoverer of insulin
    • Bigelow, Wilfred OC LLD (hc) FRSC (1913–2005) – inventor of the first artificial pacemaker
    • Callaghan, John OC AOE (1923–2004) – pioneer of open-heart surgery
    • Dick, John FRSC (born 1957) – credited with discovery of cancer stem cell
    • Douglas, Tommy PC CC SOM LLD (1904–1986) – introduced publicly funded health care in Canada; commonly known as the Father of Medicare
    • Mance, Jeanne (1606–1673) – established the first hospital in North America – the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal – in 1644
    • Osler, Sir William Bt (1849–1919) – physician, called “father of modern medicine”

     

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