The 12 Most Famous Canadians

There are many famous Canadians, however we cannot think of anyone currently more famous than the men and women on this list. This article contains a list of all the famous Canadians that we think should deserve a mention. Some of these men and women have had a profound impact on not just Canadian society, but the world. If we forgot someone, please comment below!

1. Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

This list would be incomplete in our opinion if we left out our popular Canadian Prime Minister – Justin Trudeau. Although he is no longer as popular or as liked here in Canada, he’s still very popular and well liked around the world – his charm and good looks may have something to do with that though. He was born in the nation’s capital – Ottawa. The second youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

2. William Shatner

William Shatner in Star Trek

Captain of the USS Enterprise James T. Kirk ladies and gentleman. Even if you don’t watch Star Trek, William Shatner is a legendary actor who has appeared in so many movies, documentaries and shows that it’s almost impossible to count… so you most likely have seen or heard of him. He was born in Montreal, Quebec – Canada. We are honoured and proud to have Mr. Shatner on this list.

3. Wayne Gretzky

The Great One
A young Wayne Gretzky

Nicknamed “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky is a retired hockey player of the National Hockey League. He is the greatest hockey player in the history of the NHL and has and continue to enjoy a lot of success since retiring many moons ago. Wayne was born in the city of Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

4. Celine Dion

Celine Dion in a fashion magazine

If there ever were singers who possessed the “voice of an angel”, then Celine Dion is one of them. One of the most recognized figures in the World, Celine was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She has been singing since the ’80s and still does to this day. Not only is she one of the greatest singers ever, but she is also an amazing businesswoman, with a net worth of over $600 million.

5. James Cameron

James Cameron creator of Avatar.

A lot of people don’t this, but the award-winning and legendary director of Avatar and so many other blockbusters, James is indeed a Canadian. He was born in the small town of Kapuskasing in Ontario. Almost all his films are must see!

6. Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

This legendary actor was born in the beautiful city of Saint John, New Brunswick. The 83 years old legendary actor has been in the movie/show business since the early 1960s.

7. Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

Thanks to the classic hit TV show “Friends”, Matthew Perry is a megastar and one of the most well-known actors and Canadian. He claimed to have physically beaten up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during their time together in school. He is slightly older than Trudeau, so perhaps Matthew is not lying… but we will never truly know unless Justin Trudeau confirms.

8. Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Unless you live under a rock, we are pretty sure you know who Jim Carrey is (at least we hope you do). He was born in the small town of Newmarket in the province of Ontario. He is one of the funniest and most popular actors of all time and has been in more movies than one can count.

9. Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Born in the beautiful and world-class city of Vancouver, Ryan Reynolds is an amazing actor. He is known for starring in a lot of great movies, two in particular that we really like are “The Green Lantern” and Deadpool.

10. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling’s nerdy look.

Referred by some as “Lover Boy”, thanks in particular to the popular film “The Notebook”… Ryan Gosling is one of the best actors in the world. The acting was in his blood since he was a child starting off his career as a child actor for Disney. He was born in London, Ontario – Canada.

11. Drake


Drake is as Canadian as it gets. Born in the great city of Toronto, Drake is a superstar Rapper, who is recognized all over the world. His real full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

12. Justin Bieber

A young Justin Bieber singing

Another young Canadian sensation is recognized all over the world. Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer who became a star thanks to posting videos of himself singing on YouTube. He was born in London, Ontario.

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