Dan Aykroyd was born in Hamilton, Ontario. For years, he was a staple on Saturday Night Live and developed a long-lasting friendship with John Belushi, who he co-starred with in the critically acclaimed "Blues Brothers". Among his film credits are: Love at First Sight (1974) Things We Did Last Summer (TV-1977) The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (TV-1978) Mr.Mike's Mondo Video (1979) The Blues Brothers (1980) Neighbours (1981) It Came From Hollywood (1982) Dr. Detroit (1982) Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) Trading Places (1983) Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) Ghostbusters (1984) Into the Night (1984) Spies Like Us (1985) Dragnet (1987) She's Having a Baby (uncredited, 1988) My Stepmother is an Alien (1988) The Great Outdoors (1988) Caddyshack II (1988) The Couch Trip (1988) Ghostbusters II (1989) Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Masters of Menace (1990) Loose Cannons (1990) Nothing But Trouble (1991) My Girl (1991) This is My Life (1992) Chaplin (1992) Sneakers (1992) Coneheads (1993) My Girl 2 (1994) North (1994) Exit to Eden (1994) The Random Factor (1995) Tommy Boy (1995) Canadian Bacon (1995) Casper (1995) Sgt. Bilko (1996) Getting Away with Murder (1996) Celtic Pride (1996) Feeling Minnesota (1996) Rainbow (1996) My Fellow Americans (1997) The Arrow (TV-1997) Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Susan's Plan (1998) Antz (voice, 1998) Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Diamonds (1999) Stardom (2000) Loser (2000) The House of Mirth (2000) Pearl Harbor (2001) Evolution (2001) The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) On the Nose (2001) Earth vs The Spider (TV-2001) The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001) Crossroads (2002) Unconditional Love (2002) Whitecoats (2003) Bright Young Things (2003) 50 First Dates (2004)

Jann Arden is a Canadian singer whose melodies and lyrics are about as comfortable as your favourite pair of slippers. She started out as a busker (which might explain her "take no prisoners" attitude) but she quickly went beyond those tough times and hit the "big time" with her critically acclaimed 1992 debut album Time for Mercy and her first single I Would Die For You. Her success grew with 1994's Living Under June, which featured her biggest hit to date outside of Canada, Insensitive. Another single from that same album, Could I Be Your Girl, also gets consistent airplay. One of the big reasons why she's on our list, is because she also happens to be a Leonard Cohen fan. She did the cover for Leonard Cohen's If it be your will..." on the 1995 Cohen tribute album Tower of Song. Come to think of it, her and Lenny would make a perfect couple...or...maybe not. Maybe what we're trying to say is that Canadian singers seem to have a knack for writing great lyrics. That's certainly true of Mr. Cohen...and of Jann. Some say that Jann's songs are too sad and too full of heartache but she's also known for her "absolutely wicked" sense of humour. Unfortunately, she was admitted in 2005 to intensive care for heart related concerns, diagnosed as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition commonly associated with acute stress and exhaustion. Let's hope it's not a habit. Take care, Jann. The angels and we are totally with you, ms. chickmeister! Four billion people surround us, and the ones with any kind of taste in music love you! Excuse us, but we're gonna have to get out our nappies now and wipe away the drool.





James Cameron

James was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada on August 14, 1954. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at the California State University, but after graduating drove a truck to support his penchant for screen writing. He landed his first professional film job as an art director, miniature-set builder, and process projection supervisor on Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and debuted as a director with Piranha Part Two: The Spawning (1981) the following year. In 1984 he wrote and directed Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was a huge success. After this came a string of successful science-fiction action films such as Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and Titanic, one of the most popular movies ever



David Cronenberg


David Cronenberg gained international recognition with the release of "Rabid", a film which exploited the unexpected acting talents of porn queen Marilyn Chambers. Throughout his career, Cronenberg's films have displayed notable violence. Included in his works are films such as "Shivers", "Rabid", "The Brood", "Scanners", "Videodrome", "The Fly" (a re-make) and "The Dead Zone". His recent work, Eastern Promises, follows on the heels of his most popular film, A History of Violence (2005), which was his highest budgeted and most popular film.


Leslie Feist

In 1991, at age fifteen, Feist got her start in music when she founded, and was the lead vocalist for a Calgary punk band called Placebo (not to be confused with the British band Placebo). She and her bandmates won a local Battle of the Bands competition and were awarded the opening slot at the festival Infest 1993, featuring The Ramones. At this concert she met Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, with whom she formed Broken Social Scene ten years later. She moved from Calgary to Toronto in 1996. That year she was asked by Noah Mintz of the Canadian Band Head to play bass in his solo project Noah's Arkweld. She played the bass guitar in Noah's Arkweld for a year despite never having played bass before. In 1998, she became the rhythm guitarist for the band By Divine Right and toured with them throughout 1998, 1999, and 2000. In 1999, Feist moved in with a friend of a friend, Merrill Nisker, who then began to perform as an electro-punk musician Peaches; Feist worked the back of the stage at Peaches' shows, using a sock puppet and calling herself "Bitch Lap Lap".Feist appeared as a guest vocalist on The Teaches of Peaches. She also met musician Gonzales during this time, and a long-term collaboration formed.



Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings was born in Toronto, Ontario. His father, Charles, was a leading journalist, announcer, and, in later years, an executive with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Peter's career started when he hosted a half-hour weekly children's show on CBC and became an interviewer for an Ontario radio station after dropping out of preparatory school. He joined the CBC as host of a public-affairs program. in 1962 and became co-anchor of Canada's first national commercial-network newscast (CTV) He moved to New York in 1964 and became a correspondent for theAmerican Broadcasting Company (ABC), then became anchor of ABC's nightly newscast (1965-67).He was praised for his on-the-spot coverage and his documentary "Southern Accents: Northern Ghettos," however he returned to reporting in 1968, the move attributed to his youth, inexperience, and Canadian background. In the early 1970's he was appointed head of the ABC News Middle East bureau in Beirut. in 1971 Jennings received the National Headliner Award for his reporting on the civil war in Bangladesh His profile of Egyptian president aAnwar al-Sadat earned him a Peabody Award in 1974 He served briefly as Washington correspondent for ABC's "A.M. America" (1974-75), then went to London as the network's chief foreign correspondent in London he co-anchored the nightly newscast "World News Tonight," and he was appointed sole anchor when the show moved to New York City in 1983 and became known for his straightforward news casting his November 1990 interview with Saddam Hussein just before the Persian Gulf War was one of few granted to western reporters biography: Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather, and the evening news by Robert Goldberg and Gerald Jay Goldberg.


Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy was part of the original, groundbreaking cast of "Second City TV" (1976) - otherwise known as SCTV. The Canadian TV Series was a comedic smash hit in the early eighties and started the careers of: Martin Short (Jiminy Glick), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Catherine O'Hara (Best in Show) and the late John Candy (Uncle Buck) just to name a few. Levy played many roles but was probably best known as "Earl Camembert", a dimwitted news broadcaster in the fictional town of Melonville. He was also part of the group Northern Lights who sang the song "Tears Are Not Enough" which was on the We Are The World album. and he performed in the original Toronto cast of "Godspell" with Victor Garber, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, and Andrea Martin. Paul Shaffer was the production's musical director. Eugene Levy attended Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario.










Michael Ontkean


Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1948, Michael Ontkean became a movie star out of sheer coincidence. His family visited Universal Studios where they bumped into Norman Jewison. Jewison offered the young Michael a screen test -- and a star was born! His roles included: The Peace Killers (1971) The Rookies (TV-1972) Pickup on 101 (1972) Necromancy (1972) Girls on the Road (1972) Hot Summer Week (1973) Slap Shot (1977) Voices (1979) Willie and Phil (1980) Summer (TV-1981) Making Love (1982) Just the Way You Are (1984) The Blood of Others (TV-1984) Kids Don't Tell Lies (TV-1985) The Right of the People (TV-1986) The Allnighter (1987) Maid to Order (1987) Clara's Heart (1988) Street Justice (1989) Bye Bye Blues (1989) Cold Front (1989) Postcards from the Edge (1990) In Defense of a Married Man (TV-1990) In a Child's Name (TV-1991) Legacy of Lies (TV-1992) Rapture (TV-1993) Whose Child Is This: The War for Baby Jessica (TV-1993) The New Mafia (TV-1993) Family Album (TV-1994) The Man Next Door (TV-1995) Swann (1996) The Stepford Husbands (TV-1996) Summer of the Monkeys (1998) Nico the Unicorn (1998) A Chance of Snow (TV-1998) Just a Little Harmless Sex (TV-1998) Green Sails (TV-2000) Bear With Me (2000) A Killing Spring (TV-2002) Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (TV-2003) Mathew Perry's role include: Dance 'til Dawn (TV-1988) A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon (1988) She's Out of Control (1989) Call Me Anna (TV-1990) Deadly Relations (TV-1993) Parallel Lives (TV-1994) In (1994) Fools Rush In (1997) Almost Heroes (1998) Three to Tango (1999) The Whole Nine Yards (2000) The Kid (2000) Serving Sara (2001) The Beginning of Wisdom (2003) The Whole Ten Yards (2003) Fever (2004)



Sandra Oh


Sandra Oh was born in Nepean, Ontario. Her parents were middle-class Korean immigrants (Joon-Soo ((John)) and Young-Nam. Her father, "John" is a businessman and her mother is a biochemist. Oh grew up living on Camwood Crescent in the Ottawa, Ontario, a suburb of Nepean, Ontario, where she began dancing and acting at an early age. Oh became known in Canada for her lead performance in the Canadian film "Double Happiness", for which she won the Genie Award for Best Actress. Her other Canadian films include Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity and Last Night, for which she again won a Best Actress Genie. Oh also won FIPA d'Or Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival for her role in The Diary of Evelyn Lau. Oh is most familiar to American audiences from her roles in the popular films Under the Tuscan Sun and Sideways. She considers Sideways to be one of the two best movies she has made, along with Evelyn Lau. In the less well-known Dancing at the Blue Iguana, she played a poetry-writing stripper and performed several dance routines. Most Americans know her for her current role in the hit ABC medical series Grey's Anatomy, for which she has won both a 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series and a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. In July 2006, she received her second Emmy nominationfor her work on the series. Filmography: Double Happiness (1994) Arli$$ (TV series) (1996) Bean (1997) Last Night (1998) The Red Violin (1998) Popular (TV series) (1999) Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) The Princess Diaries (2001) Big Fat Liar (2002) Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002) Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Rick (2003) Sideways (2004) Mulan II (2004) Hard Candy (2005) Grey's Anatomy (TV series) (2005-present) Cake (2005) 3 Needles (2005) The Night Listener (2006) For Your Consideration (2006)


Ellen Philpotts-Page


Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987. She is known professionally as Ellen Page, and has the honor of being among a
handfull of Canadian actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award. This was for her starring role in the 2007 film Juno. For this performance, Page also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She is also known for her starring roles in Hard Candy (2005), Smart People (2008), and as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Here, in Canada, Page received attention for her award-winning roles in Pit Pony and Marion Bridge, as well as television shows Trailer Park Boys and ReGenesis. In 2008, Page was nominated for Time's 100 Most Influential People list and placed #61 on FHM's Sexiest Women in the World list.In June 2008, Page was named to Entertainment Weekly's future A-List stars list.



Walter Pidgeon


He was born near Saint John, New Brunswick and he attended the University of New Brunswick, where he studied law and drama, so that definitely makes him Canadian. His university years, however, were interrupted by World War I, where he was wounded and deemed unable to fight in combat. Eventually, however, his ambitions succumbed to our neighbour to the South and he moved to Boston, where he worked as a bank runner. He finally made it to New York's stages and made his Broadway debut in 1925. He starred in a number of extravagant early Technicolor musicals, such as The Bride of the Regiment (1930), Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930), Kiss Me Again (1930) and Viennese Nights (1930). He quickly became associated with musicals, however, and when the the public grew weary of them late in 1930, his career began to falter. Afterwards, Pidgeon played secondary roles in such films as Saratoga and The Girl of the Golden West. It was not until he starred in How Green Was My Valley that his popularity rebounded. He starred opposite Greer Garson in Blossoms in the Dust, Mrs. Miniver (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor) and its sequel, The Miniver Story. He was also nominated in 1944 for Madame Curie, again opposite Garson. Some of his more memorable roles are as Florenz Ziegfield in Funny Girl (1965) and Casey, James Coburn's sidekick in Harry in Your Pocket (1973). Pidgeon also guest-starred in many television programs, including Perry Mason, The FBI, and Marcus Welby, M.D. He retired in 1973. Pidgeon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6414 Hollywood Blvd.


William Shatner

As Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the Starship U.S.S. Enterprise, he went where no man had gone before. Although Shatner is often viewed as an American television icon, he hails from Montreal, Quebec. Born on March 22, 1931, he attended McGill University where he studied commerce. In 1956 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting, where he appeared on a myriad of shows. Some were successful while others weren't; however, those that were successes scored big. The first series was the short lived: For the People. The next year saw him appear on a unique new series named Star Trek, which lasted for three years, from 1966 to 1969. At the time the series was considered a failure and Shatner moved on. He gave Star Trek another try in 1973, this time as a voice on the animated series, but the show survived only one year. Shatner left Star Trek behind and moved on to other exploits. The Barbary Coast was the next television show in line for Will but the program only lasted from 1975 to 1976. In 1979, Shatner once more turned to Star Trek, this time in the form of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Shortly afterwards he got the starring role on T.J. Hooker, a cop drama which won considerable attention. At the same time the Star Trek films were gaining momentum in the theatres. The science fiction series, created by Gene Roddenberry, revolved around multi-cultural cast of space explorers on a galactic mission to "seek out new worlds and new civilizations". The show was ahead of its time with its message of understanding and acceptance that reflected the society of the future. Captain James T. Kirk, and the Star Trek series, have become a symbol for peace throughout the world. Shatner's personal life includes hobbies such as horses and tennis. McGill University named The Shatner Building after him. He owns a 360 acre horse farm in Kentucky and is said to be working on a sequel to the 1977 cult classic Kingdom Of The Spiders, in which he starred.


Paul Anka

Paul Anka was raised in Ottawa, Ontario. When he was 14 he visited his uncle in Los Angeles and met Ernie Freeman at Modern Records, whom he talked into listening to a new song he had been working on called "Blau-Wile Deveest Fontaine". Freeman signed Anka on the spot. That song became the flipside to another song, "I Confess", and was released as a single in 1956. It was moderately successful but Anka was inspired enough to continue writing. In 1956, he met Don Costa, a producer from ABC/Paramount. Costa was impressed and Anka recorded "Diana", which topped the charts and sold over 10 million copies. The song was reportedly inspired by one of his younger brother and sister's baby sitters. She was three years older than Paul and wanted nothing to do with him. He found the rejection so traumatic, he wrote a poem and sent it to her. Later, he wrote a melody to go along with it. The music was based on a popular Latin rhythm called cha-lypso, a modified cha-cha done to a calypso beat. The record entered the U.S. charts in July of 1957, where it remained for eighteen weeks. The song became a worldwide hit and by September 6th, had replaced Debbie Reynolds' "Tammy" as the number one song in the country. Suddenly Paul Anka was a star. After returning home from touring, Diana contacted Paul and said that she wanted to talk things over with him, but by then, he had lost all interest in her. Anka wrote more songs and became a household word. Realizing that he could be a "teenage heart throb" for only so long, he began scoring songs for films in the early '60's and acted in movies such as "Look In Any Window" (1961) and "The Longest Day" (1962). During this period he was dating Annette Funicello (for whom he wrote "Puppy Love"), but the tight schedules of their careers made it impossible for them to continue their relationship. Anka finally married Anne DeZogheb (one of Europe's top teen models) in Paris, 1963. Among his many credits are the theme for Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" and one of his greatest songs ever, "My Way", written for Frank Sinatra in 1966. based on a French song, "Comme d'Habitude" by Claude Francois,


Michael Bublé Michael Bublé is a crooner in the old- fashioned sense of the word. A throw-back to the era of Sinatra. His grandfather offered his services for free as a professional plumber to musicians who were willing to let Michael sing a couple of songs with them on stage. His big break came when he was singing at the wedding of Brian Mulroney's daughter, where he was introduced to producer and composer David Foster who took Michael under his wing. His debut CD was released in 2003 to rave reviews.


Kim Cattrall

Kim started out in life as Clare Woodgate and moved, at the age of 3 months, with her family to Canada, eventually settling in Nanaimo, British Columbia. When she was 16, she moved to New York where she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. When Kim was 25, she briefly dated then Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau. It might be noted that Kim Cattrall starred in Canada's most successful movie at the "box office": Porky's. Although the movie was shot in the United States, the producers were Canadian; and therefore the movie qualifies as "Canadian Content". Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release Rosebud (1975) Good Against Evil (TV-1977) Deadly Harvest (1977) Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (TV-1978) The Bastard (aka The Kent Chronicles, TV-1978) The Rebels (TV-1979) The Night Rider (TV-1979) The Gossip Columnist (TV-1979) Crossbar (TV-1979) Tribute (1980) Porky's (1981) Ticket to Heaven (1981) Sins of the Past (TV-1984) Police Academy (1984) City Limits (1985) Hold-Up (1985) Turk 182! (1985) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Mannequin (1987) Palais Royale (1988) Midnight Crossing (1988) Masquerade (1988) The Return of the Musketeers (1989) La Famiglia Buonanotte (1989) Honeymoon Academy (1990) The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Miracle in the Wilderness (TV-1992) Double Vision (TV-1992) Split Second (1992) Breaking Point (1993) Two Golden Balls (TV-1994) Running Delilah (TV-1994) OP Center (TV-1995) The Heidi Chronicles (TV-1995) Above Suspicion (1995) Live Nude Girls (1995) Where Truth Lies (1996) Every Woman's Dream (TV-1996) Unforgettable (1996) Exception to the Rule (1997) Modern Vampires (1998) Baby Geniuses (1999) 36 Hours to Die (TV-1999) Sex and the Matrix (TV-2000) 15 Minutes (2001) The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001) Crossroads (2002) Ice Princess (2005) Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence (TV-2005) TV Series - Cast: Scruples (mini-series, 1980) Wild Palms (mini-series, 1993) Angel Falls (1993) Invasion (mini-series, 1997) Creature (mini-series, 1998) Sex and the City (1998-2004)


Hume Cronyn

Actor, screenwriter, theatre director born July 18, 1911, London, Ontario educated at Ridley College; McGill University, Montreal (pre-law); American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York; the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria (acting) simultaneous careers on stage and screen significant Broadway presence (actor, director, producer and writer) since the 1930s, Hume Cronyn has done it all, including marrying actress Jessica Tandy in 1942.
His screen debut was as the armchair detective-neighbor in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He also collaborated on the screenplays for Hitchcock's Rope (1948) and Under Capricorn (1949) appeared as the ship's radio operator in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and ruthless, intelligent villains such as the Nazi collaborator in The Cross of Lorraine (1943) and the sadistic warden in Brute Force (1947) played a jealous physician in People Will Talk (1951), Roosevelt's gruff counselor, Louis Howe, in Sunrise at Campobello (1960), and Polonius in Hamlet (1964) teamed with Jessica Tandy, Cronyn starred on Broadway (The Fourposter, A Delicate Balance, The Gin Game, Foxfire) on a TV series (The Marriage 1954) and, more recently in a series of old-codger roles in Cocoon (1985), and *Batteries Not Included (1987) in 1994 Cronyn and Tandy won the first Tony Award for lifetime theatrical achievement. quote: To act you must have a sense of truth and some degree of dedication. autobiography: A terrible liar : a memoir (1991). Died June 17th, 2003.

Atom Egoyan


Born in 1960, Atom Egoyan developed an interest in writing and reading plays as an adolescent. During his teens, he worked as a housekeeper at the swanky Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbiaconsidering this experience inspiring, comparing the preparation of a hotel room to filmmaking since they both "create an illusion". While still a freshman at Trinity College in Toronto, he produced "Howard In Particular", a short film which earned the first of many awards when screened at the Canadian National Exhibition Film Festival and led to the production of other short films. With additional funding from the Canada Council, and again from the Ontario Arts Council, he embarked on the production of his first feature-length film, Next Of Kin, released in 1984. After a stint as a TV director, he produced his second feature, Family Viewing. Released in 1987, this was the film that made the world notice of his talent.
Atom Egoyan's films:
Where the Truth Lies (2005) Ararat (2002) Diaspora (2001) Krapp's Last Tape (2000) (TV) The Line (2000) Felicia's Journey (1999) ... aka Voyage de Félicia, Le (Canada: French title) Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande (1997) The Sweet Hereafter (1997) ... aka De beaux lendemains (Canada: French title) "Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach" (1997) TV Series A Portrait of Arshile (1995) Exotica (1994) Calendar (1993) Gross Misconduct (1993/II) (TV) The Adjuster (1991) ... aka Expert en sinistres, L' (Canada: French title) Montréal vu par... (1991) (segment "En passant") ... aka Montreal Sextet ... aka Six variations sur un thème (Canada: French title: subtitle) Speaking Parts (1989) Looking for Nothing (1988) (TV) "Friday the 13th" (1987) TV Series ... aka Friday the 13th: The Series ... aka Friday's Curse (UK: repeat compilations title) Family Viewing (1987) "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1985) TV Series "The Twilight Zone" (1985) TV Series (episode "The Wall") In This Corner (1985) (TV) Men: A Passion Playground (1985) Next of Kin (1984) Open House (1982) Peep Show (1981) After Grad with Dad (1980) Howard in Particular (1979)


Megan Follows


Megan is still going strong, but her most famous role was as Anne of Green Gables, the Canadian movie that was seen virtually around the world. The Mating Season (TV-1980) The Olden Days Coat (1982) Jen's Place (1982) Boys and Girls (1982) Hockey Night (TV-1984) Silver Bullet (1985) Anne of Green Gables (TV-1985) Sin of Innocence (TV-1986) Stacking (1987) Seasonal Differences (1987) Anne of Avonlea (TV-1987) Inherit the Wind (TV-1988) A Time of Destiny (1988) Termini Station (1989) The Nutcracker Prince (voice, 1990) Deep Sleep (1990) Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (TV-1990) Cry In The Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann (TV-1991) The Chase (TV-1991) When Pigs Fly (1993) Romeo & Juliet (TV-1993) Under the Piano (TV-1995) Major Crime (TV-1997) Reluctant Angel (1998) What Katy Did (TV-1999) American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith (2000) Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (TV-2000) The Stork Derby (2001) Air to Live (TV-2002) A Foreign Affair (2003) Christmas Child (2003) Plainsong (TV-2004) Open Heart (TV-2004) TV series: Matt and Jenny (1979) The Baxters (1980-1981) Domestic Life (1984) Second Chances (1993)


Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford was born on August 30, 2006 in Quebec City. He was an acclaimed Canadian-born actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades (from 1939 to his last movie, "When Havoc Struck" in 1978). Ford moved to Santa Monica, California with his family at the age of eight, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939. His best movies were "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and Pockeful of Miracles.


Nelly Furtado

Born: 2 December 1978 Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Nelly's career is hotter than ever in 2007 as she not only hosts Canada's Juneau Awards and wins several awards but was earlier nominated for the Grammies and won a Billboard Award for Best Single Of The Year: the mega-hit "Promiscuous" produced by Timbaland. She's come a long way since her first big single "I'm Like A Bird." Its album went platinum in 2001 and also won four Juneaus for Nelly . Furtado released the full-length CD Folklore in 2003. She was born in Canada, but her parents are of Portuguese descent.


Bruno Gerussi

Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, 1928. Educated at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Joined the Stratford Festival and the Canadian Players as a stage actor, mid-1950s; star of morning CBC radio show Gerussi: Words and Music, 1967-68; star of CBC television adventure series The Beachcombers, 1972-90; host of morning show Celebrity Cooks. Died 21 November 1995. Monty Hall

Monty Hall was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and gained star status with his wildly successful NBC game show Let's Make a Deal. The high-energy show featured costumed contestants who were invited onto the stage and asked to gamble known prizes against unknown prizes. The stakes were high -- and Monty was the ultimate "high pressure salesman" who was very capable of ratchetting up the excitement. Let's Make A Deal ran until 1986 on two U.S. national networks and in syndication. When Let's Make A Deal ended, Monty created several other game shows, guest-starred in a number of TV programs and performed in Las Vegas. His name is on Canada's Walk of Fame on Toronto's King Street while Cathedral City, 160 km east of Los Angeles, has a Monty Hall Drive. But his show biz awards were far eclipsed by more than 500 awards, for his charitable work. He is a lifelong supporter of the Variety Club and was elected honorary spokesman for that organization, the largest children's charity in North America. A hospital wing at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto was named after him


Don Harron
Don Harron introduced the character of Charlie Farquharson at the Spring Thaw in 1952. He told Global Television that Charlie was based on a character and accent he played in The Inheritance for the New Play Society. A tremendously talented actor and writer Don Harron made his debut at the age of ten. His voice was first heard on CBC radio in 1936. He has also worked in television since its inception and was part of the Stratford Festival in its very early days. He is also an extremely talented writer. When CBC launched the Sunshine Sketches in 1952, based on the Stephen Leacock book, Don Harron was one of the writers brought in to take the original book, and its limited material, and turn it into an ongoing series. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the long-running and highly successful play, Anne of Green Gables. In 2000, his contribution to the Canadian entertaiment industry was recognized when he was named a member of the Order of Ontario. In addition to his work in radio and television, he has made a number of albums, and is the author of several best-selling books. He (and Charlie) lasted a remarkable 18 seasons on Hee Haw.


Jill Hennessey
Jill Hennessy became interested in acting when she was 12. Her first full role was in the movie, Dead Ringers in 1988 in which she appeared with her dead ringer twin sister Jacqueline Hennessy. She studied improvisational comedy with the famed Second City and also worked with a Toronto-based improv comedy troupe before landing a role in the Broadway-bound production of The Buddy Holly Story. She also appeared in the off-Broadway production, Those Summer Nights When the Dark Comes Late. Once in New York, she costarred in Ron Howard’s feature film The Paper, and her career began to get serious. Television audiences remember her for the years she spent playing the role of assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid on the Emmy-winning NBC drama series Law & Order. Jill starred as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot, and won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her work in the cable movie Nuremberg. She lives in Manhattan when she's not at work in Los Angeles on Crossing Jordan.


Norman Jewison

Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and after moving to London, where he wrote scripts and acted for the BBC, he returned to Toronto and directed TV shows for the CBC (1952-1958), then musicals and variety in New York, before embarking on a film career. Jewison is the most honored Canadian filmmaker in Hollywood history, having received seven Academy Award nominations over a career that spans 50 years and more than 20 films - including a best director nod for 1967's best picture winner In the Heat of the Night and a prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1999. In 1986 he established the Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies in Toronto



Margot Kidder
The daughter of a mining engineer, Canadian actress Margot Kidder spent her first two-and-a-half years living in a caboose. While attending the University of British Columbia, Kidder was talked into appearing in a college stage production of Take Me Along; she was hooked, though she later learned there was more to acting than crying on cue and partying. In her first professional years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Vancouver, Kidder played everything from simpering ingenues to an unhinged murderess. She made her first film in 1969, an American production titled Gaily Gaily, then worked with Gene Wilder in the British-made Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970). Kidder disliked the seamier side of the movie business and retreated to Canada in hopes of learning how to become a film editor, but was brought back to the U.S. in 1971 for a continuing role in the James Garner TV series Nichols. She liked Garner but not the hassles of making a weekly series, and for the next decade concentrated on film work, plunging headfirst into a kinky Brian DePalma chiller titled Sisters (1972). Kidder's best-known work in the '70s and '80s was as Lois Lane in the Superman films starring Christopher Reeve. Other movie roles and a stint on 1987 TV series Shell Game followed; though her acting has been limited by injuries she suffered in an on-set accident in the late 1980s, she has nonetheless sustained her career with such voice-only assignments as the character of Gaia on the TV cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Kidder married and divorced writer Tom McGuane and actor John Heard (their union lasted six days!) and remains a vocal activist for political and ecological causes.   



Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne Whibley, better known by her birth name of Avril Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian rock/punk-pop singer, musician and actress. In 2006, Canadian Business Magazine ranked her the seventh most powerful Canadian in Hollywood, and in 2007 she won ninth place in the Jabra Music Contest for the Best Band in the World, based on fan votes from around the world. Lavigne's debut album, Let Go, was released in 2002, and went on to sell over 18 million copies worldwide and was certified six times platinum in the United States. Her second and third albums, Under My Skin (2004) and The Best Damn Thing (2007), respectively, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. Lavigne has scored five number one songs worldwide to date and a total of eleven top ten hits, including "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "I'm with You", "My Happy Ending", and "Girlfriend". She ranked # 50 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show list.


Raymond Massey
Raymond Hart Massey was the son of a well-known farm equipment manufacturer but rather than enter the family business, he tried his hand out at acting. Perhaps the role for which he will be most remembered is as mentor to Doctor Kildare in the old television series.


Karen Kain
Karen Kain was born on March 28, 1951 in Hamilton, Ontario. Her mother started her in ballet because she believed it would improve her daughter's posture, poise, and discipline. Kain began training at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto in 1962. After graduation in 1969, she was invited to join the National Ballet of Canada. She became principal dancer in 1971, dancing central roles in a wide array of ballets, eventually becoming a well-known dancer in Canada. In 1973, she won silver in the women's competition and another silver for Best pas de Deux (with Frank Augustyn) at the second International ballet competition. She worked as a guest artist with Roland Petit's Le Ballet National de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet, the London Festival Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and the Eliot Feld Ballet. In the late 1970s Kain stopped dancing for a period, but in 1980 resumed dancing with the National Ballet of Canada, where she stayed for a further 15 years. Kain retired from dancing in 1997. In 1976, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1991. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, York University, McMaster University, Trent University, and the University of British Columbia. In May of 1998, the French Government named her an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Among Kain's other honours are the Performing Arts Award (1992) and the National Arts Centre Award (1997). In 1996, she became the first Canadian to receive the Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award. The choreographer Marguerite Derricks cited Kain as one of her heroes.[1] In 1998, Kain returned to the National Ballet of Canada as part of the senior management team. In 2005, she succeeded James Kudelka as artistic director[1]. Kain is the president of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. In 2004 she was appointed chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. Her autobiography, Movement Never Lies, was published in 1996 by McClelland and Stewart. Kain has been married since 1983 to Ross Petty, a stage and film actor, and producer of theatrical pantomime productions in Canada for over 20 years. Kain's brother, Kevin Kain, is a noted tropical medicine expert based in Toronto, Ontario. She has three younger siblings.


Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot was born November 17, 1938. He is a Canadian singer and songwriter who achieved international success in folk, country, and popular music. As a singer-songwriter, he came to prominence in the 1960s, and broke through on the international music charts in the 1970s with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974), "Carefree Highway" (1974), "Rainy Day People" (1975), and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976). His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, George Hamilton IV, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Sandy Denny (with Fotheringay), Scott Walker and John Mellencamp.


Alanis Morissette
Okay. For once in our lives, let's be honest with each other. In our collective opinion at the Canadian Copywriter, Alanis Nadine Morissette is without a doubt, the most brilliant singer and lyricist ever produced by this country (I have every one of her songs on my I-Pod). She started out as a former child actress, joining the cast of "You Can't Do That" on television. With money that she earned from that work, she recorded an independent single which was released when she was ten. After leaving the show, she decided to focus her career on music, signing a music publishing contract when she was just 14 years old. The publishing contract led to a record deal with MCA/Canada and in 1991 she moved to Toronto and released her debut album, Alanis. Her career hit full stride,however, when she released Jagged Little Pill on June 13, 1995. Jagged Little Pill was her third studio album and the first to gain international acclaim. It spent twelve non-consecutive weeks at number-one on the United States Billboard 200 albums chart. There were three major albums at the time: Thriller by Michael Jackson, Falling into You by Celine Dion, and Jagged White Pill. In 2003, the album was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Jagged Little Pill is listed as the tenth best-selling album of all-time, and it was officially the second best-selling album of the 1990s (behind Come on Over by Shania Twain), with over twenty-five million copies sold by 2000. In total, Jagged Little Pill has sold thirty million units worldwide as of January 2005. Morissette is one of those singers who can combine a catchy tune with lyrics that can profoundly pierce the heart. She is one talented woman who deserves it!
P.S.: Her best single is "Ironic". Also, what if we all got together and introduced her to Leonard Cohen? Eric McCormack

Eric was born & raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (which is a hop, skip and jump from Toronto. With the support of his parents (his father was also an aspiring actor), Eric spent three years at the prestigious Ryerson Theater School in Toronto and the Banff Center for the Arts, and went on to spend five seasons with Canada's Stratford Festival. He graduated 'lead' status in such stage classics as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Henry V" and "The Three Sisters". Eric then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also moved into television and movies and gained a devoted following of fans. Currently, he is seen on "Will and Grace". Eric makes his home in both Vancouver and Los Angeles. He became a US citizen, and now holds dual citizenship with the US and Canada. He also has a cameo appearance in the BARENAKED LADIES video for the song "PINCH ME", in which he plays a customer at a Burger Palace. Son, Finnigan Holden, born 1 July 2002 in Los Angeles



Norm MacDonald

Billy Madison (1995) The People vs Larry Flint (96) Doctor Dolittle (voice, 98) Dirty Work (98) Man on the Moon (99) Screwed (2000) The Animal (2001) Dr. Doolittle 2 (voice, 2001) TV Series: Saturday Night Live (1993-1998) The Norm Show (1999-2001) A Minute with Stan Hooper (2003)


Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel’s career has encompassed virtually every area of entertainment, including television, film and the stage. He has steadily performed as many as 200 concert dates a year, making him one of the most successful comedy stars today. Howie started his career on a dare during a business trip to Los Angeles in 1979. He was at the legendary Comedy Store on amateur night and after the scheduled performers had finished, Howie was coaxed by his friends to get up and try his luck. As fate would have it, there was a producer in the crowd that night who hired him on the spot for an appearance on the comedy game show “Make Me Laugh”. This led to talk shows, a stint as Diana Ross’ opening act and eventually to the television series, St. Elsewhere, where Howie spent six years as Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the award-winning NBC drama. Howie’s Emmy Award-nominated animated children series, “Bobby’s World”, ran eight seasons on FOX and now appears in syndication six days a week in 65 countries. Howie has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show" At this time he continues to appear live in concert and on television in "Deal or No Deal", as well as working in film and other medium. His newest project is "Howie Does It" -- which is syndicated in both the U.S. and Canada. Howie lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Terry, and their three children.


Mike Myers
Birthdate: May 25, 1963 Birthplace: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Comedian, Producer Quote: "Austin Powers was born out of trying to celebrate my father's life. My father's favorites were mine--Peter Sellers, Monty Python, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore...My dad was a guy who loved to be silly; he had a highly prized sense of humor. When I would bring friends home to play table hockey in the basement, if my dad didn't think they were funny, he wouldn't let them in the house. 'They can't come around,' he'd say. 'They're not bloody funny!' " --Biography, June 1999 Claim to Fame: Cast member of Saturday Night Live (1989-1994)


Catherine O'Hara
Double Negative (1980) Nothing Personal (1980) Rock & Rule (voice only, 1983) The Last Polka (TV-1984) After Hours (1985) Heartburn (1986) Really Weird Takes (TV-1987) Beetlejuice (1988) Little Vegas (1990) Dick Tracey (1990) Betsy's Wedding (1990) Home Alone (1990) There Goes the Neighbourhood (1992) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (voice only, 1993) Tall Tale (1994) The Paper (1994) Wyatt Earp (1994) A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) Waiting for Guffman (1996) The Last of the High Kings (1996) Pippi Longstocking (voice only, 1997) Hope (TV-1997) Home Fries (1998) Late Last Night (TV-1999) The Life Before This (1999) Best In Show (2000) Speaking of Sex (2001) Orange County (2002) A Mighty Wind (2003) Surviving Christmas (2004)


Gordon Pinsent
An icon in the Canadian entertainment industry, this Newfoundland-born actor and writer has participated in all manners of entertainment - including stage, radio, television and film. He left "The Rock" (a nickname for Newfoundland) at the age of 17 and began his career, lying about his age to get his first acting job with the Winnipeg Repertory Theatre. He had worked in commercial art, done some portraits and even taught dancing at Arthur Murray's School of Dancing. He watched a play one night and when he remained behind, theatre owner Leena Lovegrove invited him to come by for a reading. When offered a small role (4 lines) of a doctor, Gordon declined, brashly declaring he'd only travel into town for a lead role. He was given the chance to read and he got that role, as well as that of Sebastian in Twelfth Night. Many years later, the movie that endeared Gordon to Canada was called "The Rowdyman" -- the story of a hard-driving, hard-drinking Newfoundlander. Now 76 years old, Gordon's latest latest role is in "Away From Her", a movie which depicts the tragedy of Alzheimer's Disease and is winning accolades for his acting talent throughout the world.


Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford was as ambitious as any actress ever was. She pushed her way into Hollywood and demanded to speak to D.W. Griffith -- who admired her pluck and cast her in dozens of silent films. Her presence on the screen captivated millions of viewers. She had a good head for business too -- and retired a very rich lady. Christopher Plummer

A stage and film actor of worldwide stature, Christopher Plummer has done virtually everything. There's simply no space to print everything he has achieved. Among his more memorable performances are: The Sound of Music (1965) The Night of the Generals (1967) Triple Cross (1967) The High Commissioner (1968) Oedipus the King (1968) The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969) Lock Up Your Daughters (1969) The Battle of Britain (1969) Waterloo (1970) The Return of the Pink Panther (1974) The Happy Prince (voice, 1974) The Day that Shook the World (1975) The Man Who Would be King (1975) Conduct Unbecoming (1975) The Spiral Staircase (1975) The Silent Partner (1978) International Velvet (1978) Starcrash (1979) Silver Blaze (TV-1979) Murder by Decree (1979) Riel (1979) Sidney Sheldon's A Stranger in the Mirror (TV-1993)


Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves became a Canadian citizen when he moved to Toronto. He still retains Canadian citizenship. For many years, he was a struggling actor until his career began to move forward with a part in Under The Influence. His first American movie was Youngblood in which he had a bit part, then River's Edge, Dangerous Liaisons, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Much Ado About Nothing and Little Buddha. But Speed was his breakthrough movie. Now starring inThe Matrix Trilogy, he's earning $20 million per movie
John Vernon

Nobody Waved Good-bye (1965) Point Blank (1967) Trial Run (TV-1969) Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here (1969) Trial Run (TV-1969) Justine (1969) Topaz (1969) Dirty Harry (1971) Escape (TV-1971) One More Train to Rob (1971) Journey (1972) Fear is the Key (1972) Face-Off (1972) Cool Million (TV-1972) The Quester Tapes (TV-1973) Hunter (TV-1973) Charley Varrick (1973) W (1974) The Virginia Hill Story (TV-1974) Sweet Movie (1974) Mousey (TV-1974) The Black Windmill (1974) Matt Helm (TV-1975) The Impostor (TV-1975) Brannigan (1975) The Swiss Family Robinson (TV-1975) Barbary Coast (TV-1975) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) The Uncanny (1977) Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (TV-1977) Golden Rendezvous (also titled Nuclear Terror - 1977) Una Giornata Particolare (also titled The Great Day, or A Special Day - 1977) Angela (1977) National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) The Sacketts (TV-1979) The Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats (1980) Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) Fantastica (1980) It Rained All Night the Day I Left (1980) Heavy Metal (voice - 1982) Double Exposure (1982) Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Chained Heat (1983) Curtains (1983) Savage Streets (1984) Jungle Warriors (1984) Louisiana (TV-1984) Le Sang des Autres (also titled The Blood of Others, TV-1984) Fraternity Vacation (1985) Doin' Time (1985) Object of Desire (1987) Nightstick (1987) Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) Blue Monkey (1987) Terminal Exposure (1987) Warbus 2 (1987) Two Men (TV-1988) Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Deadly Stranger (also titled Border Heat, 1988) I'm Gonna Git you Sucka (1988) Hostile Takeover (1988) Dixie Lanes (1988) Deadly Stranger (1988) Afghanistan Connection (1988) W.B.Blue and The Bean (also titled, Bail Out - 1989) Mob Story (1990) The Woman Who Sinned (TV-1991) Wojeck (TV-1992) The Naked Truth (1992) You and Me and It (TV-1993) The Fire Next Time (also titled American Inferno, TV-1993) Paris or Somewhere (TV-1994)This was a typical Canadian movie, shot in Saskatchewan. It tried to be weird and off-beat, at least in execution, but the blending of quirky humour and drama is awkward. The film's point is bewildering/ED. The Forget-me-not Murders (TV-1994) Hostage for a Day (TV-1994) Sodbusters (TV-1994) Malicious (1995) The Gnomes Great Adventure (voice - 1995) Family of Cops (TV-1995) others... TV Series: Wojeck (1966) Delta House (1979) The Blue and the Gray (mini-series, 1982) Hail to the Chief (1985) Batman: The Animated Series (voice 1992) Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1993) Matrix (voice - 1993) The Incredible Hulk (voice, 1996)


Al Waxman

His credits include: Hurricane, The (1999) ... Warden Rescuers: Stories of Courage--Two Women (1998) ... Dr. Jacob Weinstock Assignment, The (1997) ... Carl Mickens--CIA Critical Care (1997) ... Sheldon Hatchett Holiday Affair (1997) ... Mr. Crowley Bogus (1996) ... School Principal Iron Eagle Iv (1996) ... General Kettle Gotti (1996) ... Bruce Cutler Operation Golden Phoenix (1994) ... Chief Gordon Collision Course (1992) ... Dingman Hitman, The (1991) ... Marco Luganni White Light (1991) ... Director Millennium (1989) ... Dr. Brindle Switching Channels (1988) ... Berger Meatballs III (1987) ... Saint Peter Spasms (1983) ... Crowley Class of 1984 (1982) ... Stawiski Tulips (1981) ... Bert Irving Atlantic City (1981) ... Alfie Double Negative (1980) ... D'Allasandro Wild Horse Hank (1979) ... Jay Connors Clown Murders, The (1976) ... Police Officer Sunday in the Country (1975) ... Sergeant Crowd Inside, The (1971) ... Director ; Director ; Producer ; Writer Man in the Middle (1964) ... Cpl. Zimmerman Victors, The (1963) ... The Squad War Lover, The (1962) ... Prien Last Gunfighter, The (1961) ...



Fay Wray
Fay Wray was born in Canada on a ranch near Cardston, Alberta, but she never considered herself a Canadian. She moved to the States when she was very young. Her most famous role was as the "love interest" in King Kong. She was the lady trapped in the Empire State Building. Her films include: Gasoline Love (1923) The Coast Patrol (1925) The Wedding March (1928) The Legion of the Condemned (1928) The Street of Sin (1928) The First Kiss (1928) The Four Feathers (1929) Thunderbolt (1929) Pointed Heels (1929) Behind the Makeup (1930) Paramount on Parade (1930) Legion (1930) The Texan (1930) The Sea God (1930) Captain Thunder (1931) The Lawyer's Secret (1931) Unholy Garden (1931) Dirigible (1931) The Finger Points (1931) The Conquering Horde (1931) Hounds of Zaroff (1931) Not Exactly Gentlemen (1931) The Stowaway (1932) Dr. X (1932) Most Dangerous Game (1932) Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) King Kong (1933) Below of Sea (1933) Tampico (1933) Ann Carver's Profession (1933) The Woman I Stole (1933) Master of Men (1933) The Vampire Bat (1933) The Big Brain (1933) One Sunday Afternoon (1933) Shanghai Express (1933) The Bowery (1933) Madame Spy (1934) Countess of Monte Cristo (1934) Cheating Cheaters (1934) Affairs of Cellini (1934) Viva Villa (1934) Black Moon (1934) White Lies (1934) Once to Every Woman (1934) Woman of the Dark (1934) The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) The Richest Girl in the World (1934) Mills of the Gods (1935) Bulldog Jack (1935) The Clairvoyant (1935) Come Out of the Pantry (1935) When Nights Were Bold (1936) They Met in a Taxi (1936) Roaming Lady (1936) Once a Hero (1937) Murder in Greenwich Village (1937) It Happened in Hollywood (1937) The Jury's Secret (1938) Navy Secrets (1939) Smashing the Spy Ring (1939) Wildcat Bus (1880) Adam Had Four Sons (1941) Melody for Three (1941) Not a Ladies' Man (1942) Small Town Girl (1953) Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953) Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) Queen Bee (1955) The Cobweb (1955) Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) Out of Time (1957) Crime of Passion (1957) Dragstrip Riot (1958) Summer Love (1958) Gideon's Trumpet (TV-1980) TV Series: Pride of the Family (1953)

Jack Warner
Jack Leonard "J.L." Warner (August 2, 1892 to September 9, 1978), was born in London, Ontario, Canada. He was the president and driving force behind the success of Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Warner's 45-year career was lengthier than that of any other traditional Hollywood studio mogul. As co-head of production at Warner Bros. Studios, he worked with his brother, Sam Warner, to procure the technology for the film industry's first talking picture. After Sam's death, Jack clashed with his surviving older brothers, Harry and Albert Warner. He assumed exclusive control of the film production company in the 1950s, when he secretly purchased his brothers' shares in the business after convincing them to participate in a joint sale of stocks. Throughout his career, he was viewed as a contradictory and enigmatic figure. Although he was a staunch Republican, Warner encouraged film projects that promoted the agenda of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He speedily grasped the threat posed by European fascism and criticized Nazi Germany well before America's involvement in World War II. During the postwar era, however, Warner supported an anti-Communist crusade that culminated in the "blacklisting" of Hollywood directors, actors, screenwriters, and technicians. Despite his controversial public image, Warner remained a force in the motion picture industry until his retirement in the early 1970s.