Canada has produced a lot of talented individuals who are doing big things in Hollywood. In the following article, we’ve compiled a list of the most successful movie directors, producers, screenwriters and actors working in Hollywood today. The list includes individuals behind some of the highest grossing movies of all time, and one of them is actually the visionary behind one of the longest running network television shows on American television today. It also features a young comedic screenwriter/actor who has been diligently churning out some of the funniest movies in recent years. Without further ado, here is the list of the 11 most powerful Canadians in Hollywood.
James Cameron is a true visionary and he might be to Hollywood what Steve Jobs was to Silicon Valley. His track record as a director, producer and screenwriter is impeccable. He has so many innovative and imaginative films to his name: Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2, Titanic and Avatar. His movies have brought in well over 5 billion dollars in revenue, and he is highly revered amongst his peers as one of the best directors to ever wield a video camera. His net worth is figured to be well over $700 million dollars, a fitting number for all the amazing contributions he has made in his scintillating career.
Lorne Michaels has a net worth of about $350 million dollars, and he’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful Canadians in Hollywood. He was the founder of the perennial television staple Saturday Night Live in 1975. He has been responsible for the discovery of so many stars: Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey, Fred Armisen, Will Ferrell and the list goes on and on. He has also been responsible for executive producing the film and movie projects of several of these stars including Mean Girls & 30 Rock. In the world of Hollywood, Lorne is definitely a good person to know.
Next up in our list of most powerful Canadians in Hollywood is the 51-yr-old Mike Myers. When it comes to raw comedic talent, there are very few in his generation who can match him. Over his lengthy career, he has had monster successes with movies like Wayne’s World, Austin Powers and Shrek. Through all the success, he continues to remain down to earth, extremely humble and he hasn’t lost one iota of his sense of humor. Mr. Myers has a net worth of about $175 million, and yep, he deserves every cent of that.
Kiefer Sutherland is reportedly worth a very impressive $85 million dollars. A lot of that money was earned from his long running action drama on the FOX network, 24. The show was on the air from 2001 to 2010 and it developed an extremely loyal following and garnered a very healthy paycheck for the Canadian actor. He was also an executive producer for the show. Earlier this year, the show even returned for an abridged television season. One of the most distinctive attributes of Kiefer Sutherland is his unmistakable voice. Because of that, he gets very lucrative work as a voice-actor in popular video games like Mortal Kombat X and Metal Gear Solid V.
Ryan Gosling is worth a very impressive $30 million dollars, and he has developed a reputation in Hollywood for being one of most talented and bankable young stars. He already has so many hits to his name in a variety of movie genres. Films like The Notebook, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines and Drive are perfect examples of just how much range he has with his acting. At this point, he has enough clout to pick whatever role he wants and to even produce and direct his own projects. He also recently had his first child with actress Eva Mendes, so that will probably keep him very busy for the next couple of months.
There is no doubt about it – one of the best young comedic actors of the moment is the Canadian funny man Seth Rogen. He has proved himself as a writer/producer/actor in movies like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, The Pineapple Express, Super Bad, Neighbors and This Is The End. He is also known for his unabashed love for smoking marijuana and he’s been known to get into a lot of hilarious hijinks with his tight friend, James Franco. Rogen reportedly has a net worth of $45 million dollars and this is one young talent who will make lots of Hollywood dollars for many years to come.
Jim Carrey is a pure comedic genius. He is an Oscar winner and one of those rare Hollywood talents that comes around once in every 50 years or so. He pretty much ran the Hollywood comedy scene in the 90s with movies like The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura and The Truman Show. In the last several years, he hasn’t been as prolific – some of his most recent movies have included Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He’s currently gearing up for the upcoming release of his new film Dumb and Dumber To – hopefully this movie will mark a return for him to the top of his game.
Canada has a knack for producing some of the funniest people in Hollywood, and Will Arnett is a perfect example of that. At the age of 44, he has created quite a career for himself in both television and movies. He was a regular cast member of the critically acclaimed show Arrested Development and he was a hilarious recurring character on 30 Rock. With regards to movies, he has starred in hits like Blades of Glory and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s always juggling several projects – right now, he’s the voice for the animated Netflix show Bojack Horseman and he’s also starring in the CBS sitcom The Millers. Arnett is well on his way to becoming one of the biggest movers and shakers in Hollywood.
One of the established leading ladies in Hollywood is Ontario native Rachel McAdams. She has built quite the career for herself. Her real breakthrough was the movie Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan, and since then she has accumulated a fine resume for herself in films like: The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes, Red Eye, Midnight in Paris, Wedding Crashers etc. Next up, she’s being rumored to star in the next installment of True Detective, a role that would really take her career to the next level. In about 5 years, McAdams will most likely be considered as one of the most elite actress in the industry.
The 28-yr-old Emily VanCamp hailing from Ontario, Canada is a promising up and comer who may one day find her way as one of the topmost powerful actresses in Hollywood. She exploded on the scene in 2011 with the hit ABC show Revenge, and since then, she has been a major fixture on the young Hollywood scene. Before then, she had roles in other television series like Everwood & Brothers And Sisters, but none of those matched the breakthrough success of Revenge. She was also recently cast in the blockbuster Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier alongside Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.
You might be wondering why Drake is included in a Hollywood list, but the truth is that he has a lot of sway in the world of movies as well. Drake is worth a reported $55 million dollars, and has sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. However the truth is that it all started with acting for him in the television show DeGrassi: The Next Generation. More recently, he’s had cameos in movies like Anchorman 2 and Think Like A Man Too. He also did voice-acting work for the animated movie: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Drake has also appeared on Saturday Night Live and pulled off double duties as both the music performer and guest star. It’s also worth adding here that in 2013, Drake was officially selected as an ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. This pretty much means that he has an all-access pass to all Raptors NBA games, and he can enjoy courtside seats with his A-list crew whenever he chooses. With his unstoppable success in the world of music and his growing mainstream clout, it’s only a matter of time before that talent completely extends to the Hollywood realm.