10 Most Famous Canadian Actors

Monday, March 21 by Peter Matthews

Canada is famous for its hockey players and superior bacon technology, but as this list of the 10 most famous Canadian actors makes clear, the nation is also a leading producer of on-screen talent. A DVD featuring any one of these fine actors is sure to please.

  1. Michael J. Fox. Canadian Michael J. Fox came to prominence on television's “Family Ties” and was soon acting in movies as diverse as “Back to the Future” and “Casualties of War.” Despite his battle with Parkinson's disease, Fox continues to deliver fine performances.
  2. Dan Aykroyd. An alum of such humor outlets as “Second City” and “Saturday Night Live,” Dan Aykroyd is a Hollywood legend. More than just a comedian, Aykroyd's acting ability has also earned him an Academy Award nomination.
  3. Donald Sutherland. One of Canada's most distinguished actors, Donald Sutherland has enjoyed a long and varied career. Sutherland has appeared in such critically acclaimed movies as “M.A.S.H.” as well as B-movies like 1992's “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
  4. James Doohan. British Columbia has given the world many fine actors, but for science fiction fans, James Doohan will always be the province's most famous son. Doohan worked for decades in film and television, but his role as Mr. Scott in the “Star Trek” franchise made him an icon.
  5. Jim Carrey. Jim Carrey has risen from his humble beginnings in Ontario to the top of Hollywood's A-List. Able to make audiences roar with laughter in comedies like “Ace Ventura,” in recent years, the Canadian has also shown serious acting chops more in artistic films like “The Truman Show” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
  6. Mike Myers. Comedy lovers owe Mike Myers a debt of gratitude for creating the Austin Powers franchise. If that was not enough to land Myers on this list of 10 most famous Canadian actors, providing the voice of Shrek surely secured his spot.
  7. Ryan Reynolds. A talented actor with experience in film and television, Ryan Reynolds is one of the biggest heartthrobs to come out of Canada, starring in a slew of romantic comedies among other work. He played opposite Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock in the ever-witty film, "The Proposal." Fans of raunchy comedies will always remember Reynolds as Van Wilder.
  8. William Shatner. Gene Rodenberry's “Star Trek” has been good to Canadians. William Shatner is the second actor on this list of 10 most famous Canadian actors to have built a career on the franchise. While audiences love his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk, Shatner's choppy delivery has inspired a thousand parodies.
  9. Hayden Christensen. This young Canadian actor is best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the latest “Star Wars” movies. Christensen is already quite accomplished, having earned nominations for a SAG award and a Golden Globe.
  10. Joshua Jackson. Vancouver native Joshua Jackson has already secured lasting fame for his television work on “Dawson's Creek.” Jackson continues to work in television, but has also appeared in many feature films.