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List of notable or famous screenwriters from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in Canada and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from Canada is included when available.

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This historic screenwriters from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from Canada?" These prominent screenwriters of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian screenwriters.

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 56 James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly ...more

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 63 James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major ...more

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Seth Rogen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 35 Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and comedian. Rogen began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years, winning the Vancouver Amateur Comedy ...more

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Matthew Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 48 Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends. Along with starring ...more

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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 65 Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and singer. He was an original "Not Ready For Prime Time Player" on Saturday Night Live, an ...more

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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 44 (1950-1994) John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his ...more

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 54 Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, known for his run as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for ...more

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Howie Mandel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 62 Howard Michael "Howie" Mandel is a Canadian comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor. He is well known as host of the NBC game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's ...more

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Sarah Polley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 39 Sarah E. Polley OC is a Canadian actress and film director. Polley first attained notice in her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has also starred in ...more

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Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 68 Martin Hayter Short, CM is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. ...more

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Tommy Chong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 79 Thomas B. Kin "Tommy" Chong is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and ...more

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Catherine O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 64 Catherine Anne O'Hara is a Canadian-American actress, writer and comedian. She is well known for her comedy work on SCTV and her roles in the films After Hours, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Home ...more

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 72 Neil Young is a singer-songwriter, Musician,film score composer, film producer, film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1948-1998) Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States ...more

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Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 73 Lorne Michaels, CM is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, the Late Night series, and The Tonight

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Kathleen Robertson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 44 Kathleen Robertson is a Canadian actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Tina Edison, in the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion, and as Clare Arnold, in the Fox teen drama series ...more

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Eugene Levy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 71 Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, with his role as Noah ...more

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Russell Peters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 47 Russell Dominic Peters is a Canadian comedian and actor. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. He has set records for sales and attendance at a comedian's ...more

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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 68 David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on SCTV as well as in the film Strange Brew, which he

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Dave Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 55 David Scott "Dave" Foley is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio.

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Mary Pickford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 87 (1892-1979) Mary Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ...more

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Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 71 Alan Willis Thicke is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains. He is the father ...more

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Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 44 Aaron Seltzer is a screenwriter, film director and film producer.

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Glenn Gould is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1932-1982) Glenn Herbert Gould was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the ...more

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Joe Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 76 Joe Flaherty is a American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV from 1976 to 1984, and as Harold Weir on Freaks and Geeks.

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Harland Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 55 Harland Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked for five years as a forest ranger before moving to Los Angeles to pursue comedy. He has had a number of very memorable film roles ...more

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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 55 Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-born actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek ...more

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Scott Thompson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 58 Scott Thompson is a Canadian television actor and comedian, best known for his time as a member of the comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall.

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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 50 Kenneth Joel "Kenny" Hotz is a Canadian producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian. He is a South Park consultant and writer, creator/star of the Comedy Central television show ...more

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Hume Cronyn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 92 (1911-2003) Hume Blake Cronyn, OC was a Canadian-American actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife for over fifty years.

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Paul Haggis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 65 Paul Edward Haggis is a Canadian screenwriter, producer, and director. He spent his early career producing and directing various American and Canadian television network series. Among his ...more

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Paul Gross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 58 Paul Michael Gross, OC is a Canadian actor, producer, director, singer and writer born in Calgary, Alberta. He is known for his lead role as Constable Benton Fraser in the television series Due ...more

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David Cronenberg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 75 David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror ...more

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Bruce LaBruce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 54 Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian writer, filmmaker, photographer and underground adult director based in Toronto, Ontario. His films explore themes of sexual and interpersonal transgression against ...more

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Jeremy Podeswa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 56 Jeremy Podeswa is a Canadian/American film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses and Fugitive Pieces. He has also worked as Director on the television ...more

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Daniel MacIvor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 55 Daniel MacIvor, is a Canadian actor, playwright, theatre director, and film director. He is probably best known for his acting roles in independent films and the edgy sitcom Twitch City.

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Bruce McCulloch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 56 Bruce Ian McCulloch is a Canadian actor, writer, comedian, and film director. McCulloch is best known for his work as a member of The Kids in the Hall, a popular Canadian comedy troupe, and as a ...more

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Timothy Findley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002) Timothy Irving Frederick Findley, OC, O.Ont was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.

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Brent Butt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 51 Brent Butt is a Canadian comedian actor and writer. He is best known for his role as Brent Leroy on the CTV sitcom Corner Gas, which he also created. The series was an instant hit when it made ...more

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Allan Dwan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 96 (1885-1981) Allan Dwan was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.

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Mark McKinney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 58 Mark Douglas Brown McKinney is a Canadian comedian and actor, best known for his work in the sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. Following the run of their television series and feature ...more

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Al Christie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 70 (1881-1951) Al Christie was a Canadian-born motion picture director, producer and screenwriter.

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Caroline Rhea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 53 Caroline Gilchrist Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actress and model who was the original host of the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC until she was replaced by Alison ...more

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Seán Cullen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 52 Seán Cullen is a Canadian voice actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for combining improvisation with mimicry and music. Cullen has been described in Time as the "vanguard of ...more

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Quentin Lee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 47 Quentin Lee is a film writer and director. He is most notable for the films White Frog, The People I've Slept With, Ethan Mao, Drift, Flow, and the film short To Ride a Cow. Lee also co-directed ...more

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Mark Kenneth Woods is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 40 Mark Kenneth Woods is a Canadian comedy writer, actor, producer, director and TV host.

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Dean DeBlois is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 47 Dean DeBlois is a Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator and editor. He is best known for co-writing and co-directing the Oscar-nominated animated films Lilo & Stitch ...more

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Claude Jutra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 56 (1930-1986) Claude Jutra was a Canadian actor, film director and writer. The Prix Jutra, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Claude Jutra Award, are named in his honor because of his ...more

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Allan Kroeker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
age 66 Allan Kroeker is a Canadian film and television director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film editor and film producer. He has the distinction of directing the series finales for Star Trek: Deep ...more

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Mack Sennett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Canada
Dec. at 80 (1880-1960) Mack Sennett was a Canadian-born American director and actor and was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy in film. During his lifetime he was known at times as the "King of ...more