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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 Carrey

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNewmarket, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameJim Carrey

    James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, musician, and artist. He is known for his energetic slapstick performances.Carrey first gained recognition...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplaceKapuskasing, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker and environmentalist who currently lives in New Zealand and the United States. After working in special effects, he found major...  more

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  • 3

    Seth Rogen

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    GenderMale

    Seth Aaron Rogen (; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years. While still...  more

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    BirthplaceWilliamstown, Massachusetts, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameMatthew Perry

    Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright who gained worldwide recognition for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom...  more

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  • 5

    BirthplaceOttawa, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    Daniel Edward Aykroyd, ( AK-royd; born July 1, 1952) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician and filmmaker who was an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on Saturday...  more

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  • 6

    John Candy

    Dec. at 44 (1950-1994)

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian, known mainly for his work in Hollywood films. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of the...  more

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  • 7

    Mike Myers

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameMike Myers

    Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer who holds Canadian, British, and American citizenship. He is known for his run as a performer on...  more

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  • 8

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    Howard Michael Mandel (born November 29, 1955) is a Canadian comedian, actor and television host. He hosted the CNBC game show Deal or No Deal, as well as the show's daytime and Canadian-English...  more

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  • 9

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderFemale

    Sarah Ellen Polley (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, writer, director, producer and political activist. Polley first garnered attention as a child actress for her role as Ramona Quimby...  more

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  • 10

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    GenderMale

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live....  more

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  • 11

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Alberta, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameTommy Chong

    Thomas Bing Kin Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian-American actor, writer, director, musician, cannabis rights activist and comedian. He is known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy...  more

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  • 12

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderFemale

    Catherine Anne O'Hara (born March 4, 1954) is a Canadian actress, writer, and comedian. She first drew notice as an actress in 1974 as a member of The Second City improvisational comedy troupe in...  more

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  • 13

    Neil Young

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with...  more

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  • 14

    Phil Hartman

    Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NamePhil Hartmann, Philip E. Hartmann, Phil Hartman

    Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the...  more

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  • 15

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Lorne Michaels, (born Lorne David Lipowitz; November 17, 1944), is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, actor and comedian best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live and...  more

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  • 16

    BirthplaceHamilton, Ontario, Canada

    GenderFemale

    Kathleen Robertson (born July 8, 1973, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Tina Edison in the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion (1990–1993) and as Clare...  more
  • 17

    BirthplaceHamilton, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    Eugene Levy, (born December 17, 1946) is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the American Pie films, in his role as Noah...  more

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  • 18

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Russell Dominic Peters (born September 29, 1970) is a Canadian stand-up comedian and actor. He began performing in Toronto in 1989 and won a Gemini Award in 2008. In 2013, he was number three on...  more

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  • 19

    BirthplaceSt. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    David William Thomas (born May 20, 1949) 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 also...  more

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  • 20

    Dave Foley

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceEtobicoke, Toronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameDave Foley

    David Scott Foley (born January 4, 1963) is a Canadian actor, stand-up comedian, director, producer and writer. He is known as a co-founder of the comedy group The Kids in the Hall, responsible for...  more

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  • 21

    Mary Pickford

    Dec. at 87 (1892-1979)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderFemale

    Gladys Louise Smith (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-born American film actress and producer. With a career spanning 50 years, she was a...  more

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    BirthplaceKirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada

    GenderMale

    Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey; March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016) was a Canadian actor, songwriter, comedian, game and talk show host. He is the father of singer Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke...  more

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  • 23

    BirthplaceMississauga, Canada

    GenderMale

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  • 24

    Glenn Gould

    Dec. at 50 (1932-1982)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    GenderMale

    Glenn Herbert Gould (; 25 September 1932 – 4 October 1982) was a Canadian pianist who became one of the best-known and most-celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century. He was renowned as an...  more
  • 25

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    GenderMale

    Alternative NameJoseph O'Flaherty^! Joe Flaherty

    Joe Flaherty (born June 21, 1941) is an American actor, comedian and voice artist. He is best known for his work on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV from 1976 to 1984 (on which he also served as a...  more