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Famous Screenwriters from Canada

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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 Carrey1

    Jim Carrey

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • James Cameron2

    BirthplaceKapuskasing, Canada

    James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who...  more

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  • Seth Rogen3

    Seth Rogen

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada

    Seth Aaron Rogen (; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer,...  more

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  • Matthew Perry4

    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and...  more

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  • Dan Aykroyd5

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    Daniel Edward Aykroyd, ( AK-royd; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian,...  more

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  • John Candy6

    John Candy

    Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian,...  more

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  • Mike Myers7

    Mike Myers

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and...  more

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  • Howie Mandel8


    Howard Michael Mandel (born November 29, 1955) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television...  more

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  • Sarah Polley9

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Sarah Ellen Polley (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, writer, director, producer...  more

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    #170 of 249 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#125 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

  • Martin Short10

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice...  more

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    #37 of 69 Celebrities with the Weirdest Middle Names#2 of 22 The Best One-Season 'SNL' Cast Members

  • Tommy Chong11

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Thomas Bing Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director,...  more

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  • Catherine O'Hara12

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She...  more

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  • Neil Young13

    Neil Young

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking...  more

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  • Phil Hartman14

    Phil Hartman

    Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor,...  more

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  • Lorne Michaels15

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Lorne Michaels, (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944), is a Canadian-American...  more

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  • Kathleen Robertson16

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Kathleen Robertson (born July 8, 1973, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian actress. She is...  more
  • Eugene Levy17

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and...  more

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    #451 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#4 of 14 Actors in the Most Christopher Guest Movies

  • Russell Peters18

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Russell Dominic Peters (born September 29, 1970) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actor. He...  more

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    #82 of 133 The Best Joe Rogan Podcast Guests#6 of 24 The Funniest Asian Comedians of All Time

  • Dave Thomas19

    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Canada

    David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer....  more

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    #11 of 225 List of Famous Animation Directors#72 of 75 The Greatest Guest Appearances in The Simpsons History

  • Dave Foley20

    Dave Foley

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceEtobicoke, Toronto, Canada

    David Scott Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, director,...  more

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  • Mary Pickford21

    Mary Pickford

    Dec. at 87 (1892-1979)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Gladys Louise Smith (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was...  more

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    #3 of 14 The Most Unbelievable Old Hollywood Estates#197 of 238 Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

  • Alan Thicke22

    BirthplaceKirkland Lake, Canada

    Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey; March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016) was a Canadian...  more

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  • Aaron Seltzer23

    BirthplaceCanada, Ontario, Americas, Mississauga, Regional Municipality of Peel

    Aaron Seltzer is a screenwriter, film director and film producer....  more
  • Glenn Gould24

    Glenn Gould

    Dec. at 50 (1932-1982)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Glenn Herbert Gould (; 25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became...  more
  • Joe Flaherty25

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    Joe Flaherty (born June 21, 1941) is an American actor, comedian and voice artist. He is best...  more