Some stereotypes can be positive, and when it comes to Canadians, that is most assuredly the case. The commonplace opinion is that those from Canada are incredibly kind and all-around lovely people, and Canadian celebrities are no different. On an online forum, people discuss their favorites from this fair country.
1. Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds is an undeniably likable guy. This actor helms from Vancouver, British Columbia, and is known for his roles in Deadpool, The Proposal, Free Guy, and Just Friends. His pleasant personality and sarcastic and self-deprecating schtick have made him one of Hollywood’s most well-liked celebrities. One person perfectly summarizes his appeal: “Ryan Reynolds is Canada’s Tom Hanks.”
2. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon but grew up in Toronto. He is considered one of the kindest and most generous celebrities ever, making him a pristine example of that Canadian stereotype. But his kindness goes beyond being friendly and polite. The Speed and Matrix actor has a calm demeanor and is known for helping out on sets and carrying on long conversations with all he meets. If you could give the moniker “Disney Prince” to a real person, it would be Keanu Reeves.
3. Martin Short
Martin Short is one of Canada’s nicest and funniest celebrities. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he began his career in television, primarily on SCTV. His first film was the riotous Three Amigos with Chevy Chase and frequent collaborator Steve Martin, and he hasn’t looked back since. Indeed, Short’s illustrious and multiple award-winning film, television, and stand-up career has made him a comedy legend. One individual states, “I will adore Martin Short until the day I die.” I completely agree.
3. Michael J. Fox
One contributor asserts, “Michael J. Fox walked so Keanu Reeves could run. He’s a legend.” Indeed, this assessment is entirely accurate. Fox created two iconic characters in Alex P. Keaton in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties and Marty McFly in the Back to the Future films. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, he’s also known for Spin City, Homeward Bound, and The Frighteners.
Fox is known for his genial nature, tireless work ethic, professionalism, and bravery. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 29 and has become an ambassador and proponent for awareness and research. He’s helped raise over one billion dollars for Parkinson’s research and, in 2000, founded The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Fox is a terrific actor and an even more exceptional person.
4. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and has been acting from a young age. He got his start on the variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club and has become one of Hollywood’s most versatile and respected actors in the business. Known for The Notebook, La La Land, and Blade Runner 2049, his superb on-screen performances are matched by his friendly and affable off-screen personality. One needs only watch one of his many interviews on The Graham Norton Show to understand why Gosling is so well-liked.
5. Rachel McAdams
Gosling’s co-star from The Notebook, Rachel McAdams, shares many connections. In addition to formerly dating Gosling, she was also born in London, Ontario, Canada, began acting at a young age, and has become one of Hollywood’s most prominent and respected actresses.
Known for Mean Girls, Spotlight, Sherlock Holmes, and Red Eye, McAdams tackles any role with enthusiasm and authenticity. That authenticity shines through off-screen, and she is known for her sweet and vivacious personality. One forum member proclaims, “Not only is she my favorite Canadian celebrity, but she’s also my favorite actress, period.” She is one of mine, as well.
6. Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and got his big acting break as a member of SCTV. Today, what he’s known for showcases how Levy has cultivated a long, varied career utilizing his distinct comedic persona in films like Splash, American Pie, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind.
He is the patriarch of the sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which also stars his son, Dan. As one user says, Eugene Levy gets two votes because he gave the world Dan Levy. Not only is he a comedy legend, but he’s known for being an all-around great person. One fan claims, “Eugene seems like such a nice guy and down to earth.”
7. Catherine O’Hara
Speaking of SCTV and Schitt’s Creek, Catherine O’Hara is another Hollywood legend and is considered one of Canada’s greatest. O’Hara was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has enjoyed a long career, frequently co-starring with Levy in Christopher Guest films and creating iconic characters such as Kate in the Home Alone films, Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Moira in Schitt’s Creek. O’Hara’s versatility, comedic timing, and professionalism have served her well over her career.
8. John Candy
The late John Candy was beloved and well-respected in his all-too-short life. Several individuals note how he was the absolute best and adept at comedy, with unparalleled improvisation skills. His iconic roles include Uncle Buck, Home Alone, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The latter is referenced on the forum while remembering Candy’s legacy: “Best shower curtain ring salesman there ever was.”
Candy was born in Ontario and sadly passed away in 1994 at age 43. His death hit many very hard. One person laments, “His passing left a hole in my heart.”
9. Nathan Fillion
The undeniably charming, handsome, and talented actor Nathan Fillion was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is one of the few actors working today who has gone from one iconic television show to the next. The first, Firefly, was short-lived but quickly became a cult classic. But the latter two, Castle and The Rookie, have proven successful.
Off-screen, Fillion is known for his warm and generous attitude. One respondent raves, “In my opinion, he’s Canada’s greatest gift to mankind.” Another shares, “He’s a great actor and human being.” As someone who has met Fillion, I can one-hundred percent confirm these assessments.
10. William Shatner
If there were one word I’d use to describe William Shatner, it would be legendary. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable actors. This comes from his iconic role as Captain Kirk in various Star Trek shows and films. But Shatner is more than Kirk and has enjoyed a career spanning decades. One user notes, “I would argue he’s the Canadian celebrity with the longest longevity.”
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