Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars actually hail from north of the American border. Big-name movie and tv stars who call Canada home have made it in Hollywood in the past few decades and have graced screens throughout the world. From Austin Powers to Captain Kirk, television and the movies probably would not be the same without the impact that Canadians have made in Hollywood.
It’s not a surprise that some of the world’s most famous celebrities are Canadian. Many of Canada’s biggest celebrities are proud of their roots: Mike Myers and William Shatner, for instance, make no secret of their Canadian origins. However, it’s less known that other celebrities are actually Canucks: for instance, did you know that the two stars of “The Notebook,” Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, are originally from Ontario?
Let’s take a look at some of Canada’s most famous exports: the stars that have graced our screens and airwaves for decades and have made their impact on the U.S. and throughout the world.
10. Pamela Anderson: Net worth $5 million
This British Columbia native has dual American and Canadian citizenship. Anderson is known for her roles in the television shows “Baywatch” and “V.I.P.”, and of course being Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in 1990. She appeared in the magazine numerous times over a twenty-two year period. Anderson edged into acting with small roles in the 1990s sitcoms “Home Improvement” and “The Nanny” and starred in the short-lived show “Stacked.” Although Anderson has famously found herself in debt despite her high-profile successes, she is still one of the most recognizable Canadian celebrities.
9. Rachel McAdams: Net worth $14 million
Born in London, Ontario, Rachel enjoyed figure skating as a child and even won regional skating competitions. Growing up, however, she gradually transitioned into the world of acting, graduating from a theatre program at Ontario’s York University. After graduation, she worked in Canadian television and film productions and won several Canadian awards and nominations. In 2002, McAdams moved into the Hollywood scene. In 2004, she enjoyed success in her first box office hit movies as the star of the teen comedy written by Tina Fey, “Mean Girls,” grossing over $129 million worldwide, and the hit romantic drama “The Notebook.”
8. Ryan Gosling: Net worth $30 million
McAdams’ “The Notebook” co-star Ryan Gosling also calls Canada home. Born in London, Ontario, Ryan attended auditions in Montreal at the age of 12 to appear on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. After being given a role on the show that also launched the careers of stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, he moved to Orlando and continued to work for many years in roles on children’s television shows. At the age of nineteen, he transitioned into independent film. His first mainstream hit was in “The Notebook” in 2004, which grossed over $115 million worldwide. He continued in independent film for a few years until taking on three high profile roles in 2011 with “Crazy, Supid, Love,” “Drive” and “The Ides of March.”
7. Ryan Reynolds: Net worth $45 million
Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds is known for taking on high-profile action roles in “Green Lantern” and “Blade: Trinity,” which grossed over $128 million worldwide. Reynolds launched into acting after starring in a Canadian-produced teen soap in the early 1990s and has appeared in numerous television shows and movies before becoming a star. He has also played the romantic male lead in movies such as “Definitely, Maybe,” “The Proposal,” and “Adventureland.”
6. Seth Rogen: Net worth $45 million
Vancouver native Seth Rogen has become a recognizable name as a result of extensive work as an actor, comedian and writer. He began a career in the spotlight by doing stand-up comedy in his hometown, earning first place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Fest in 1998. His first break on screen was in the 1999 series “Freaks and Geeks,” which also launched the careers of James Franco and Jason Segel. He later wrote for “Da Ali G Show” then co-wrote “Superbad,” “The Pineapple Express” and “Funny People.” He played a role in the hit comedy “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” which earned over 100 million in the box office. His other work on screen includes starring in “Knocked Up” and “Funny People.” Rogen has also been a voice artist for many movies and television shows, including “Monsters vs Aliens,” “The Simpsons,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “American Dad!.”
5. Michael J. Fox: Net worth $65 million
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Michael J. Fox is another American-Canadian dual citizen. His career began in the 1970s. One of his best-known roles was as Marty McFly from the “Back to the Future” movie trilogy. (The first movie in the series grossed over $381 million worldwide). He was also a very familiar face on television in the 1980s and 1990s, appearing on the television sitcom “Family Ties,” for which he won three Emmys. He also had a starring role on “Spin City,” which earned him another Emmy as well as several other awards. Although he largely retired from acting in 2000, Michael J. Fox has been an advocate and spokesman for Parkinson’s Disease and has worked in many roles as a voice-over actor and a published author
4. William Shatner: Net worth $100 million
Known around the world as Captain Kirk from the classic 1960s “Star Trek” series, William Shatner also starred in subsequent Star Trek feature films from 1979 to 1994. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Montreal native has been a familiar face on television and in film for decades in Hollywood. In the 2000s, he starred in the television dramas “The Practice” and “Boston Legal” and has also been a familiar face on commercial breaks since the late 1990s in North America as a spokesman for a travel website. Today, William Shatner’s net worth is around $100 million.
3. Jim Carrey: Net worth $150 million
The Golden Globe winning actor born in Newmarket, Ontario, is well-known for his trademark goofy, slapstick and very physical comedy style. The actor became known for roles in Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber, which launched him on the scene in the early 1990s. However, this diverse actor later moved into more serious roles and found box office hits in dramas as well. He enjoyed box office hits with movies such as “The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” These comedy and drama hits have earned Jim Carrey a net worth of $150 million.
2. Mike Myers: Net worth $175 million
This Scarborough, Ontario native has kept audiences laughing through many television and movie franchises. Myers started his career in comedy circles including London’s The Comedy Store and Second City in Toronto then Chicago. In 1992, he and Dana Carvey adapted a popular SNL sketch into the “Wayne’s World” movie. In the late 1990s, he starred in the smash hit Austin Powers series. In the 2000s, he lent his voice to the starring character of the hit Shrek movies. Frequently considered one of Canada’s top comedians, Mike Myers’ success as a screenwriter and actor in Hollywood has earned him a net worth of around $175 million.
1. Keanu Reeves: Net worth $350 million
Although he spent his childhood moving around the world, Reeves primarily grew up in Toronto and is a naturalized Canadian citizen. As a child he excelled in hockey, but after an injury, he shifted back to acting, which he started at the age of 9 when he appeared in a theatre production. Keanu’s big break came in 1994 with a starring role in the movie “Speed.” He quickly transformed into an A-list actor as a result of the international success of this film, though continued to accept supporting roles in movies throughout the 1990s until he landed a starring role in the hit “The Matrix.” His work on the Matrix series has helped him accumulate a staggering estimated net worth of around $350 million. On the heels of these film successes, Keanu continues to pursue artistic endeavours including writing a book and producing a documentary. In 2013, the first film he directed, “Man of Tai Chi,” premiered at the Beijing Film Festival and Cannes.
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