Canadian Actors/Actresses of the Classic Era

by Lebowskidoo | created - 19 Mar 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Canadians who were active on screen from the 1900's-1960's.

1. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

2. Sharon Acker

Actress | Happy Birthday to Me

Although she was presented in 1969 the first Film Star of Tomorrow by The Motion Picture Exhibitors of Canada, the status of Sharon Acker as a star never materialized. Not that she was inactive, quite the opposite, but she worked almost only for TV and appeared only in a few undistinguished movie ...

3. Jean Adair

Actress | Arsenic and Old Lace

Slight, birdlike Jean Adair came to the screen after playing a succession of crotchety or maternal roles on the stage. She was born Violet McNaughton in Ontario, Canada, and absolved her acting studies in Chicago. After extensive touring with local stock companies and a few seasons on the ...

4. Claire Adams

Actress | The Penalty

Claire Adams was born in Winnipeg, Canada (her brother was prolific screenwriter Gerald Drayson Adams), and after her education in that country she was sent to a private school in England, where she studied drama. At the outbreak of World War I, however, she joined the nursing corps and spent the ...

5. Charles Arling

Actor | Back to God's Country

Charles Arling was born on August 22, 1880 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Charles F. Parr. He was an actor, known for Back to God's Country (1919), The Striped Bathing Suit (1912) and Droppington's Devilish Deed (1915). He died on April 21, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

6. Julia Arthur

Actress | The Woman the Germans Shot

Julia Arthur was born on May 3, 1868 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Julia Lewis. She was an actress, known for The Woman the Germans Shot (1918), The Common Cause (1919) and His Woman (1919). She was married to Benjamin Pierce Cheney. She died on March 28, 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

7. Joby Baker

Actor | Quincy M.E.

Joby Baker was born on March 26, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Joseph N. Baker. He is an actor and writer, known for Quincy M.E. (1976), Key Witness (1960) and Self-Portrait (1973). He was previously married to Dory Previn, Joyce H. Winter and Joan Blackman.

8. Robert Beatty

Actor | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Robert Beatty graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and started in amateur dramatics with the Hamilton Player's Guild. For a while, he made a living as a cashier for a gas and fuel company. In order to further hone his acting skills, he made his way to London in 1936 (on the advice of...

9. Henry Beckman

Actor | Marnie

Henry Beckman was born on November 26, 1921 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Henry How Beckman. He was an actor, known for Marnie (1964), Blood & Guts (1978) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He was married to Hillary Beckman and Cheryl Maxwell. He died on June 17, 2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia, ...

10. Juliette Béliveau

Actress | Le gros Bill

Juliette Béliveau was born on October 28, 1889 in Nicolet, Québec, Canada. She was an actress, known for Le gros Bill (1949), Le rossignol et les cloches (1952) and A Man and His Sin (1949). She died on August 26, 1975 in Montréal, Québec.

11. Mickey Bennett

Actor | A Boy of the Streets

Mickey Bennett was born on January 28, 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He was an actor, known for A Boy of the Streets (1927), It's the Old Army Game (1926) and Marriage Morals (1923). He died on September 6, 1950 in Hollywood, California, USA.

12. Ben Blue

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Ben Blue was a movie and TV comedian born on September 12, 1901, in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Emigrating to the US, he became a dance instructor and dance school owner, as well as a nightclub proprietor. He began his film career in short subjects for Warner Brothers in 1926, and later worked at the...

13. Lloyd Bochner

Actor | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Lloyd Bochner had that wonderfully sonorous type of voice that was always tailor-made for radio or for the stage. Unsurprisingly then, by the time he was eleven, Lloyd was already employed as part-time voiceover artist and reader of drama serials by radio stations in Vancouver.

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14. Donald Brian

Actor | The Man Without a Country

Donald Brian was born on February 17, 1875 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Man Without a Country (1937), The Voice in the Fog (1915) and The Smugglers (1916). He was married to Virginia O'Brien (actress, b. 1896). He died on December 22, 1948 in Great Neck, Long ...

15. Raymond Burr

Actor | Rear Window

Born Raymond William Stacy Burr on 21 May 1917 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Burr spent most of his early life traveling. As a youngster, his father moved his family to China, where the elder Burr worked as a trade agent. When the family returned to Canada, Raymond's parents separated. He ...

16. Jack Carson

Actor | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In (1937). After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, ...

17. Al Christie

Producer | Mrs. Plum's Pudding

Al Christie began his career in 1909 with the Nestor Company. In 1912 he was put in charge of production for a series of westerns. By 1916 he had set up his own production company that produced comedy two-reelers and occasionally a full-length feature. He was the brother of producer/director ...

18. Berton Churchill

Actor | Stagecoach

Berton Churchill was born on December 9, 1876 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Stagecoach (1939), The County Chairman (1935) and Judge Priest (1934). He was married to Harriet Gardner. He died on October 10, 1940 in New York City, New York, USA.

19. George Cleveland

Actor | Drums of Fu Manchu

Round-faced and twinkling, George Cleveland had a 58-year career of stage, vaudeville, motion picture, radio and television acting. His first film was Mystery Liner (1934) with Noah Beery and he went on to appear in 150 others. However, he is best remembered as Gramps on the original Lassie (1954) ...

20. Suzanne Cloutier

Actress | The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice

Lovely French Canadian actress Suzanne Cloutier, the daughter of the director of the National Printing Office, was born into a large family. She had indeed no fewer than six brothers and sisters. After happily growing up in the heart of nature (her parents had a house in the woods), she became a ...

21. John Colicos

Actor | The Changeling

John Colicos was born on December 10, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Changeling (1980), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Battlestar Galactica (1978). He was married to Mona McHenry. He died on March 6, 2000 in Toronto.

22. Hume Cronyn

Actor | Cocoon

Hume Cronyn was born on July 18, 1911 in London, Ontario, Canada as Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. He was an actor and producer, known for Cocoon (1985), Shadow of a Doubt (1943) and *batteries not included (1987). He was married to Susan Cooper, Jessica Tandy and Emily Woodruff. He died on June 15, 2003 in...

23. Larry Cross

Actor | The Wind and the Lion

Larry Cross was born on December 25, 1913 in Nova Scotia, Canada as Russell Titus. He was an actor, known for The Wind and the Lion (1975), A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) and The Avengers (1961). He died on June 29, 1976 in London, England.

24. Josephine Crowell

Actress | Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Josephine Crowell was a Canadian-born character actress. She appeared in vaudeville as early as 1879. On screen, she is best remembered for her dramatic portrayal of the mother in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), her comedic performances in Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928) and Stan Laurel ...

25. Yvonne De Carlo

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...

26. Sam De Grasse

Actor | The Man Who Laughs

Born in Canada, Sam De Grasse entered films in 1912 and specialized in playing thoroughly disreputable, nasty, slimy bad guys. Douglas Fairbanks was so impressed with De Grasse's villainy that he used the actor in several of his more memorable productions. He wasn't the only member of the De Grasse ...

27. Katherine DeMille

Actress | Black Gold

A dark, exotic beauty, Katherine DeMille was a fascinating screen presence in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in Canada to a Scottish schoolteacher, Edward Gabriel Lester, and his Italian-Swiss wife, Cecile Bianca Bertha (Colani) Lester. Her father was killed in France during World War I, and her...

28. James Doohan

Actor | Star Trek

James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as James Montgomery Doohan. He is known for his work on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to Wende Doohan, Anita ...

29. Fifi D'Orsay

Actress | Nabonga

Although she made her career playing the quintessential Parisian coquette, Fifi D'Orsay was actually a Canadian. She was born Yvonne Lussier in Montreal, Québec, in 1904. At the age of 20 she arrived in New York, determined to become an actress. She was met by Helen Morgan, whom she knew from ...

30. Susan Douglas Rubes

Actress | Five

As an actress, Susan Rubes has enjoyed a Broadway career where she won the Donaldson Award for best supporting actress in 1946. Breaking into American TV she played the character "Kathy" for 10 years on the daytime drama, Guiding Light (1952). Moving to Canada with her actor husband, Jan Rubes, she...

31. Marie Dressler

Actress | Min and Bill

Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on...

32. Douglass Dumbrille

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk ...

33. Deanna Durbin

Soundtrack | Mad About Music

The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business...

34. Edward Earle

Actor | The Innocence of Ruth

Canadian native Edward Earle was born in Toronto on July 16, 1882, and was raised and schooled there. His stage career took form in Canada with an early emphasis on musical comedy, and he later toured in vaudeville and stock in association with Belasco, DeWolf Hopper Sr., Marie Cahill and the ...

35. Rockliffe Fellowes

Actor | Monkey Business

Rockliffe Fellowes was born on March 17, 1884 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Rockliffe St. Patrick Fellowes. He was an actor, known for Monkey Business (1931), The Understanding Heart (1927) and The Crystal Cup (1927). He was married to Lucile Watson. He died on January 28, 1950 in Los Angeles, ...

36. Rosemary Forsyth

Actress | Ghosts of Mars

A tall, slender, highly attractive blonde, Canadian-born leading lady Rosemary Forsyth was born in Montreal. In the mid 1960s, she was groomed by Universal after a stretch as a model and a sprinkling of small time TV parts. The soft, demure beauty showed quite a bit of promise amid the rugged ...

37. Dianne Foster

Actress | Night Passage

A curvaceous and comely lead and second lead actress of the 1950s and 1960s screen, Dianne Foster was born with the unlikely stage name of Olga Helen Laruska on October 31, 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Of Ukrainian parentage, she began her stage career performing in high school plays and in ...

38. Don Francks

Actor | Heavy Metal

A man who has many irons in the entertainment fire, hirsutely handsome Canadian actor, vocalist and jazz musician Don Francks (also known as "Iron Buffalo") was born Donald Harvey Francks on February 28, 1932, in Vancouver, British Columbia. One can, with confidence, add drummer, poet, motorcyclist...

39. Oscar Gahan

Actor | Ambush Valley

Canada's child prodigy violinist. Played a command performance for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII, at age 5.) First cousin of Walter Huston, father of child actress Baby Rose, Grandfather of Sharmagne Leland-St. John-Sylbert, Great-grandfather of 'Daisy Alexandra Sylbert'.

40. Chief Dan George

Actor | Little Big Man

Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicised as 'Dan Slaholt') to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve Nº. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to 'George' when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native ...

41. Huntley Gordon

Actor | Broadway to Cheyenne

Montreal-born Huntley Gordon was educated in both Canada and England, and upon completing his education took a job with the Bank of Montreal, later starting his own stock trading firm. However, he had had a taste of "the stage" in amateur productions, and soon gave up the business life for that of ...

42. Robert Goulet

Actor | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Robert Gerard Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to a family of French-Canadian origin. He was the son of Jeanette (Gauthier) and Joseph Georges André Goulet. After hearing his son sing "Lead Kindly Light", in their church hall, his father told him, "I'm proud of you, son". A few weeks ...

43. Vernon Gray

Actor | The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Vernon Gray grew up in Elk Point, Alta., as Vernon Raham-Gray. "Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be an actor," said Gray in a 1953 interview, but his family was dead set against his bid for a show-business career. Chief opponents were his father, Arthur Raham, a railway agent in Elk Point,...

44. Lorne Greene

Actor | Bonanza

Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Green on February 12, 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top...

45. Jonathan Hale

Actor | The Saint in Palm Springs

Canadian-born Jonathan Hale had a long film career, appearing in over 200 pictures. He was a member of the diplomatic service prior to his film career, and his stately bearing stood him in good stead for the variety of corporate executives, military officers and high-level politicians he often ...

46. Clarence Handyside

Actor | The Jungle

Clarence Handyside was born in 1854 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Clarence Auckland Handyside. He was an actor, known for The Jungle (1914), The Turn of the Wheel (1918) and Mice and Men (1916). He was married to Blanche Sharp and Kate D. Baker. He died on December 20, 1931 in Philadelphia, ...

47. June Havoc

Actress | Gentleman's Agreement

Musical theater devotees will undoubtedly know that the song "Let Me Entertain You" was from the classic musical "Gypsy", the born-in-a-trunk story of resilient kid troopers Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc who were mercilessly pushed into vaudeville careers by an unbearably headstrong mother. While ...

48. Harry Hayden

Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero

Harry Hayden was born on November 8, 1882 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), The Velvet Touch (1948) and Merton of the Movies (1947). He was married to Lela Bliss. He died on July 24, 1955 in West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Peter Helm

Actor | The Andromeda Strain

Peter Helm was born on December 22, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Peter John Helm Jr. He is an actor and director, known for The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Longest Day (1962) and Wagon Train (1957).

50. Dell Henderson

Actor | Show People

Dell Henderson was born on July 5, 1883 in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada as George Delbert Henderson. He was an actor and director, known for Show People (1928), The Servant Question (1920) and The Dead Line (1920). He was married to Florence Lee. He died on December 2, 1956 in Hollywood, California, ...

51. Arthur Hill

Actor | The Andromeda Strain

Canadian-born actor Arthur Hill was raised in the Saskatchewan town of Melfort. The son of a lawyer, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII before receiving his college education at the University of British Columbia. Intending on following in his father's footsteps in the field of...

52. Charles Hill Mailes

Actor | The Mark of Zorro

Charles Hill Mailes was born on May 25, 1870 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Mark of Zorro (1920), Money Madness (1917) and The Hungarian Nabob (1915). He was married to Claire McDowell. He died on February 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

53. Walter Huston

Actor | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

For many years Walter Huston had two passions: his career as an engineer and his vocation for the stage. In 1909 he dedicated himself to the theatre, and made his debut on Broadway in 1924. In 1929 he journeyed to Hollywood, where his talent and ability made him one of the most respected actors in ...

54. John Ireland

Actor | Red River

Born in Canada, John Ireland was raised in New York. Performing as a swimmer in a water carnival, he moved into the legitimate theater, often appearing in minor roles in Broadway plays. His first big break in pictures came in 1945 when he appeared as Windy the introspective letter-writing G.I. in ...

55. May Irwin

Actress | The Kiss

Born in Whitby, Ontario, May Irwin started her performing career at a young age, when she began a singing act with her younger sister Flora in 1874. The act was popular, and Irwin began working as an actress when she was 21 years old. She found success and was appearing in a Broadway show called "...

56. Victor Jory

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Victor Jory was born in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. His burly physique made him a wrestling and boxing champion during his military service in the United States Coast Guard. After a few appearances on Broadway, he made his way into Hollywood in the early 1930s. His acting career spanned exactly 50 ...

57. Ruby Keeler

Soundtrack | Sweetheart of the Campus

Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the ...

58. Barbara Kent

Actress | Lonesome

A pretty, diminutive (4'11") actress of the silent and early sound era, Barbara Cloutman (later Kent) was born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada on December 16, 1907. Upon graduating from Hollywood High School in 1925, Kent won the Miss Hollywood Pageant, and set her sights on a career in the movies. She ...

59. Alexander Knox

Actor | Wilson

A Presbyterian minister's son, softly-spoken, intellectual-looking Alexander Knox received his education from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied English literature. An excellent elocutionist, member of the university's Hesperian Club, he had his first fling with dramatic acting ...

60. Jack Kruschen

Actor | The Apartment

Canadian-born Jack Kruschen entered films after years on the stage, and became a dependable character actor both in movies and on television. Often cast as ethnic comedy relief, Kruschen occasionally landed a role as a villain, but was more often the volatile, emotional Italian or Jewish neighbor ...

61. Florence La Badie

Actress | The Million Dollar Mystery

Early information on Florence La Badie is sketchy. She is thought to have been born in New York City in 1888, and was either taken away from or given up for adoption by her birth mother. Florence was adopted by a married couple named LaBadie, who legally gave the child their last name. Her adoptive...

62. Andrée Lachapelle

Actress | Cap Tourmente

Andrée Lachapelle was born on November 13, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was an actress, known for Cap Tourmente (1993), Le misanthrope (1966) and Dans le ventre du dragon (1989). She was married to André Mélançon and Dominique Briand. She died on November 21, 2019 in Canada.

63. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

64. Beatrice Lillie

Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie

Dubbed "the funniest woman in the world", comedienne Beatrice Lillie was born the daughter of a Canadian government official and grew up in Toronto. She sang in a family trio act with her mother, Lucy, and her piano-playing older sister, Muriel. Times were hard and the ambitious mother eventually ...

65. Cec Linder

Actor | Goldfinger

Cec Linder was born on March 10, 1921 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for Goldfinger (1964), Lolita (1962) and Quatermass and the Pit (1958). He died on April 10, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario.

66. Art Linkletter

Actor | Champagne for Caesar

Art Linkletter was born on July 17, 1912 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada as Gordon Arthur Kelly. He is known for his work on Champagne for Caesar (1950), Philippine Adventure (1964) and Here's Lucy (1968). He was married to Lois Foerster. He died on May 26, 2010 in Bel-Air, California, USA.

67. Gene Lockhart

Actor | Miracle on 34th Street

Gene Lockhart was born on July 18, 1891, in London, Ontario, Canada, the son of John Coates Lockhart and Ellen Mary (Delany) Lockhart. His father had studied singing and young Gene displayed an early interest in drama and music. Shortly after the 7-year-old danced a Highland fling in a concert ...

68. Guy Lombardo

Soundtrack | Never Let Me Go

Guy Lombardo was born on June 19, 1902 in London, Ontario, Canada as Gaetano Albert Lombardo. He was married to Lilliebell Glenn. He died on November 5, 1977 in Houston, Texas, USA.

69. Wilfred Lucas

Actor | Modern Times

The youngest of three sons, he was born in Toronto, Canada and was educated at McGill University then In 1904 he moved to New York where he appeared in a number of plays on Broadway including The Blue Grass Handicap, The Superstition of Sue and successful The Chorus Lady after which he was invited ...

70. Wallace MacDonald

Writer | The Phantom Empire

Wallace MacDonald was born on May 5, 1891 in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was an actor and producer, known for The Phantom Empire (1935), A Man's World (1942) and Flame of Stamboul (1951). He was married to Doris May. He died on October 30, 1978 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

71. David Manners

Actor | Dracula

Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New ...

72. Paul Massie

Actor | The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Paul Massie was born on July 7, 1932 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada as Arthur Dickinson Massé. He was an actor, known for The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), Call Me Genius (1961) and Orders to Kill (1958). He was married to Anne McPherson. He died on June 8, 2011 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, ...

73. Raymond Massey

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm ...

74. Lois Maxwell

Actress | Thunderball

Everyone knows (or should know) Lois Maxwell as the one and only "Miss Moneypenny", but there's much more to her acting career than that. She started out against her parents' will, and without their knowledge, in a Canadian children's radio program, credited as "Robin Wells". Before the age of 15 ...

75. Paul Maxwell

Actor | Aliens

Paul Maxwell was born on November 12, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as Maxim Popovich. He was an actor, known for Aliens (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He was married to Mary Lindsay. He died on December 19, 1991 in London, England.

76. Louis B. Mayer

Producer | The Great Secret

Mayer was born Lazar Meir in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he ...

77. John McLiam

Actor | First Blood

John McLiam was born on January 24, 1918 in Alberta, Canada as John Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for First Blood (1982), In Cold Blood (1967) and Sleeper (1973). He was married to Roberta Williams. He died on April 16, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

78. Lawrence Montaigne

Actor | The Great Escape

"Every actor should have a Great Escape" wrote Lawrence Montaigne in his autobiography "A Vulcan Odyssey". He referred, of course, to the famous 1960's P.O.W. classic in which he played a small role. His character, Canadian prisoner Haynes, gets killed at the end of the film. Nonetheless, this was ...

79. Forbes Murray

Actor | The Lady and the Mob

Forbes Murray was born on November 4, 1884 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Murray Forbes Barnard. He was an actor, known for The Lady and the Mob (1939), The Apache Kid (1941) and Mercy Plane (1939). He died on November 18, 1982 in Douglas County, Oregon, USA.

80. John Neville

Actor | The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

When he was in his early sixties, Terry Gilliam cast him in the title role of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). Although the film was a financial failure, his starring role in this major production, as well as his fine performance, led to an explosion in his career. He has since had ...

81. Leslie Nielsen

Actor | Airplane!

Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of ...

82. Bob Nolan

Soundtrack | Close Encounters of the Third Kind

American singer-songwriter who appeared in a number of low-budget Westerns, but was most renowned as the leader of the singing group, The Sons of the Pioneers. The son of an Army officer, Nolan attended the University of Arizona after his father retired to that state. He studied music and poetry in...

83. Jack Pickford

Actor | Brown of Harvard

Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...

84. Lottie Pickford

Actress | Fanchon, the Cricket

Lottie Pickford was born on June 9, 1895 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Charlotte Smith. She was an actress, known for Fanchon, the Cricket (1915), White Roses (1910) and Happy Jack, a Hero (1910). She was married to John William Lock, Russel O. Gillard, Allan Forrest and Alfred Rupp. She died on ...

85. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

86. Walter Pidgeon

Actor | Forbidden Planet

Walter Pidgeon, a handsome, tall and dark-haired man, began his career studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He then did theater, mainly stage musicals. He went to Hollywood in the early 1920s, where he made silent films, including Mannequin (1926) and Sumuru (1927). ...

87. Christopher Plummer

Actor | Beginners

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister...

88. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

89. John Qualen

Actor | Casablanca

One of the best and most familiar character actors of the first four decades of sound films, although few who knew his face also knew his name, John Qualen was born in Canada to Norwegian parents. His father was a minister. The family moved to the United States and Qualen (whose real name was ...

90. William Quinn

Actor | Drugged Waters

William Quinn was born on December 13, 1884 in Canada as William John Quinn. He was an actor, known for Drugged Waters (1916), Lavinia Comes Home (1916) and The Voice on the Wire (1917). He was married to Josephine Lucetta Powers. He died on November 12, 1965 in Glen Ellen, California, USA.

91. Robert Random

Actor | ...tick... tick... tick...

Robert Random was born on January 29, 1943 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. He is an actor, known for ...tick... tick... tick... (1970), Village of the Giants (1965) and Danger Zone III: Steel Horse War (1990).

92. Kate Reid

Actress | The Andromeda Strain

Esteemed London-born stage, radio and TV actress Kate Reid was actually born Daphne Katherine Reid in 1930 of Canadian parents. The family moved back to Ontario before she was a year old. An introverted child of delicate health, Kate sought refuge in books and role-playing and began studying drama ...

93. James Rennie

Actor | Now, Voyager

James Rennie was born on April 18, 1889 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as James Malachi Rennie. He was an actor, known for Now, Voyager (1942), The Girl of the Golden West (1930) and Illicit (1931). He was married to Sara Madeleine Eldon McConnell and Dorothy Gish. He died on July 31, 1965 in New York...

94. Percy Rodrigues

Actor | Star Trek

A symbol of intelligence, leadership and moral strength in his various 1960s and 1970s roles, African-Canadian actor Percy Rodrigues rose in Hollywood stature during the late 1960s following a couple of earlier Broadway appearances. The serenely handsome, distinguished-looking actor also became ...

95. Anna Russell

Actress | Kill or Cure

Actress, singer, lyricist, and composer, Anna Russell began as a folk singer on BBC radio in 1931, in Canada in 1940, and since 1943, has appeared as a soloist on the concert stage, making her New York City debut in a one-woman show in 1948 with which she has toured the United States, Great Britain...

96. Harold Russell

Actor | The Best Years of Our Lives

Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on...

97. Ann Rutherford

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in...

98. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

99. Norma Shearer

Actress | The Divorcee

She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to ...

100. Gale Sherwood

Actress | Blonde Savage

American actress and operatic singer (soprano), born Jacqueline Nutt, in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her career on Canadian radio at the age of five. Her family later moved to California where she was enrolled in Hollywood's Mar-Ken school, graduating in 1945. For more than fourteen years, Gale ...



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