Our neighbours to the north (or, neighbours, as they like to spell it) have a knack for producing talented men and women. Kiefer Sutherland, for example, is an award winning actor for his role on the hit show “24.” He also happens to be Canadian and the grandson of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas. Not bad, eh?
So today being Canada day, we honour 10 Hollywood actors who hail from America’s 51st state…Canada!
To all the Canadians reading this, happy Canada Day!
Born in London, Ontario, Justin Bieber shot to fame when he was discovered on YouTube. The 13-year old performed in front of Usher who signed him later in 2008. Despite all his fame and success in the USA, Bieber has kept his Canadian citizenship, stating that 'Canada is the best country in the world.'
While most Canadians remember her as the host of 'Popular Mechanics for Kids,' which she co-hosted with Jay Baruchel, Elisha Cuthbert made her Hollywood debut as Jack Bauer's daughter on '24.' She then starred in 'The Girl Next Door,' where she played ex-porn star Danielle. The Calgary-born actress maintains her Canadian citizenship.
Ryan Gosling was also born in London, Ontario. He got an early break when he auditioned for 'The Mickey Mouse Club' alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. He later transitioned to more 'serious' films, where his breakout role was in the touching football drama 'Remember the Titans.' The actor retains his Canadian citizenship and recently brought girlfriend Eva Mendes to visit his native country.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ryan Reynolds is the ultimate 'Canuck.' His breakthrough role was in 'National Lampoon's Van Wilder,' but has since starred in a range of films, including action-adventure and romantic comedies. The Canadian actor is currently dating 'Gossip Girl' actress Blake Lively, where their most recent trip included a visit to the coastal city.
This 'Baywatch' babe was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia. While she started off as a fitness instructor, she eventually transitioned into Hollywood when she landed the coveted cover of Playboy magazine. While she has appeared in scores of movies, her most notable role was as C.J. Parker on 'Baywatch.' The mother-of-two retains dual citizenship.
While he was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the Canadian actor was raised in Toronto, Ontario. He built up his acting career as a teenager through a series of small-budget productions but later got his breakthrough role in 'Speed.' He has since starred in a slew of blockbuster films, including 'The Matrix' franchise and 'The Devil's Advocate.' While he generally thinks of himself as a Canadian, he also holds a British and American passport.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, this 'True Blood' actress shot to fame when she won an Oscar at the young age of 11 for her role in 'The Piano.' After her win she took a break from acting but eventually returned to Hollywood and her acting career. This blonde beauty holds dual citizenship... but not from where you think. She retains her Canadian citizenship along with her mother's native New Zealand.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, this comedian caught the acting bug while performing in a Toronto production of 'Godspell.' He later starred in 'The Associates' after being encouraged to pursue acting by fellow Canadians Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas. He has since appeared on SNL (as a full-time cast member), 'Father of the Bride,' and 'Arrested Development.' The actor has Canadian, American, and British citizenship.
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, William Shatner is a classically trained Shakespeare actor. He made his debut in Canada when he starred in 'The Butler's Night Off,' but skyrocketed to fame when he starred as Captain James T. Kirk in 'Star Trek.' Surprisingly, the actor is only Canadian as he is 'afraid he will fail the citizenship test' in the USA.
Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, but later moved to Scarborough, Hamilton, and Burlington (all in Ontario). His comedy career started at a young age and his acts at open mic nights helped support his family. Eventually Rodney Dangerfield took notice of the young comedian and a couple years later, the Canadian made his debut on 'The Tonight Show.' In 2004 the actor became a naturalized U.S. citizen in order to vote in the elections that year. He still maintains his Canadian citizenship.
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