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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Neil Young and James Cameron.

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 57
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 64
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 36
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 49
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 66
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 55
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 63
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 40
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 80
Thomas B. Kin "Tommy" Chong is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech ...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 73
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 74
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 45
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 72
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 48
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 69
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 56
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 72
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 45
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 77
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.