Drama, Canadian Style (from The Book of Unusual Knowledge)
Most people know that William Shatner, Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers are Canadian. In fact, Canada has long been a great source of actors and entertainers, as this list shows.Pages 34-35
Born in Ottawa, Ontario. Known for: Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers (1980), and Ghostbusters (1984). A member of the Order of Canada, he’s a cop buff and the grandson of a Mountie, and he loves riding his own Ontario Provincial Police motorcycle.
Born in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Known for: Baywatch and five Playboy covers (a record). Trivia: Anderson got her big break at a British Columbia Lions football game, where cameras broadcast her in a Labatt’s T-shirt. The beer company quickly signed her to help with promotion.
Born in New Westminster, British Columbia. Known for: Ironside and Perry Mason. He helped romanticize the profession of lawyer more than any other actor of his era. Trivia: He was badly wounded at Okinawa during World War II.
Born in Toronto, Ontario. Known for: Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989). Loved everywhere as a genuinely nice, principled, and good-spirited man. Candy died of a heart attack at age 43. Trivia: From 1974 to 1991, he made at least one film a year.
Born in Newmarket, Ontario. Known for: The Mask (1994), The Cable Guy (1996), and Bruce Almighty (2003). Carrey is a two-time Golden Globe winner and has won more MTV movie awards than any other actor. Trivia: Rodney Dangerfield discovered him doing stand-up comedy.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta. Known for: being half of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong and for the 1978 counterculture comedy hit Up in Smoke. Trivia: Before he hooked up with Cheech Marin, Chong was an accomplished R&B guitarist.
Born in Portneuf, Quebec. Known for: Gilda (1946) and The Blackboard Jungle (1955). Ford was best at portraying an average Joe in extraordinary situations. Trivia: His real name wasn’t Glenn — it was Gwyllyn.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta. Known for: Crossing Jordan and Law & Order. This busy Albertan has an identical twin. Her sister Jacqueline is a TV host and writer in Canada.
Born in Toronto, Ontario. Known for: directing Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Moonstruck (1987), and The Hurricane (1999). Jewison has directed three actors to Oscar wins and nine others to Oscar nominations. Trivia: His three children also work in show business: associate producer Michael, cameraman Kevin, and actress Jennifer.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario. Known for: his dead-on impersonations, particularly of U.S. presidents. He got his start in grade school, where he often answered his teachers’ questions in their own voices. Trivia: He also draws celebrity portraits.
Born in Nepean, Ontario. Known for: Grey’s Anatomy, Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and Sideways (2004). This Korean Canadian actor turned down a four-year college journalism scholarship to study drama. Trivia: In high school, she started an environmental group dedicated to banning Styrofoam cups.
Born in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Known for: her many roles in mainstream erotica and her reign as 1982’s Playboy Playmate of the Year. Tweed has two children with Gene Simmons, of the rock band KISS, whom she finally wed in October 2011 after 28 years together. Trivia: She was raised on a Newfoundland mink farm.