The Most Famous Canadian Celebrities
Canada is famous for many things: maple syrup, ice hockey, Northern lights and moose are the first things that come to mind. However, this beautiful country is also home to many celebrities.
We list the most famous celebrities below. You will be surprised to hear that some of them are actually Canadian.
We are sure that Jim Carrey starred in at least one of the comedy movies you have watched both in the 90s and in the last 10 years. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994) were the films that made this actor known worldwide. In the 2000s, we watched him in motion pictures such as Bruce Almighty (2003), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) and Yes Man (2008). Carry has also appeared in dramas such as The Truman Show (1998), Man on the Moon (1999) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). According to The Guardian, he is the “best actor not nominated for an Oscar”.
Jim Carrey was born in Toronto in 1962 and began applying for TV shows when he was only 10 years old. Among them is the Carol Burnett Show, which was quite famous at that time in Canada. He appeared on stage at Yuk Yuk, one of the most famous comedy clubs in Toronto, and caught the attention of comedian Rodney Dangerfield. He moved to Hollywood in the early ’80s and joined the Saturday Night Live cast. You know the rest of this story: Carrey is known today as one of the best slapstick comedians in the world.
A person doesn’t have to be seen on TV or star in movies to be famous: sometimes, being good enough at gambling can also make you known around the world. In this respect, Daniel Negreanu is one of the most famous poker players in the world and is treated like a star, especially in the United States. Negreanu was born in Toronto in 1974 and lived in Canada until the age of 21. Even as a high school student, he played poker with adults and gained a certain reputation. At the age of 21, he decided to continue his career in Las Vegas. What follows is a success story: in 1997, he was selected as the best all-around player in the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. At the age of 23, he became the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker bracelet and became known as “kid poker”.
Negreanu is one of the rare gamblers who won 6 WSOP bracelets during his professional career and earned nearly $21 million just by playing poker. You’ve also seen him in the movie X-Men Origins Wolverine: he was the player who played poker against Gambit. If you too want to try your luck at poker, don’t forget to take advantage of Vulkan Vegas bonuses (or focus on having an enjoyable experience by playing online slots with bonus).
We don’t know what is special about Toronto, but the third celebrity on our list also grew up there. Although Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut in 1964, his family immigrated to Canada when he was a baby. Truth be told, this was a troubled childhood: his parents got divorced, his mother was constantly moving to different cities, and Reeves was expelled almost from all schools. At the age of 15, he had to make a decision about his career: Reeves was an extremely successful ice hockey player at the time, and he might even be selected for the Canadian Olympic Team. However, he was also interested in acting and had long hesitated about what career to pursue.
He made his decision at the age of 17: he left his high school education and immigrated to America. He has appeared in a couple of NBC series and some low-budget TV movies. He became famous with the “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” series in 1991 and showed that he could be an action star with his role in the movie “Point Break”. After films such as Speed (1994), Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Chain Reaction (1996), he starred in the “Matrix” in 1999. This role made him a world-famous AAA actor. The new generation may know him from the “John Wick” franchise: Keanu seems to be returning to being an action hero again.
If you’re excited to hear “beam me up Scotty”, you also know who William Shatner is. If you don’t know what these words mean, we invite you to watch the original Star Trek series right away: you will thank us later. William Shatner, who became one of the most iconic stars in TV history with his role as Captain Kirk, was born in 1931 in Montreal. He studied classical Shakespearean acting at the Canadian National Repertory Theater. In other words, he was preparing to become a theater actor.
However, a producer who saw him on stage asked him to star in The Brothers Karamazov (1958), starring Yul Brynner. Until 1966, he appeared in many TV series and movies but did not have a regular job. In 1966, he was cast as Captain Kirk for Star Trek. Contrary to popular belief, Star Trek did not earn him a lot of money, and the show was canceled after 3 years because of the lack of interest. But Shatner has managed to take part in the TV series “T.J. Hooker” after Star Trek, and it was this series that saved his career.
Years later, Star Trek attracted attention as a result of the efforts of a group of dedicated fans, and the production company chose to make the sequel as a series of movies. Shatner became famous as Captain Kirk thanks to these movies, not the original show. Although he has appeared in countless movies and TV series, everyone knows him as Captain Kirk today.
The Most Famous Canadian Celebrities
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