Top 10 Famous Canadians
James Cameron (1954)
In 1974 Cameron dropped out of college and became a truck driver. He then taught himself about special effects at his local library. Inspired by the original Star Wars films Cameron quit his job as a truck driver to enter the film industry. His big break was in 1984 with The Terminator. Later he took on the Titanic and Avatar.
Michael J Fox (1961)
Fox is a famous Canadian actor, best known for his role of Marty McFly in the Back to the future trilogy. In 1991 Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since then he has created the Michael J. Fox Foundation and has become an activist for research toward finding a cure.
Jim Carrey (1962)
Carrey wanted to be a comedian from a young age and was noticed by Rodney Dangerfield who signed him to open for his performances. Dangerfield brought Carrey to Las Vegas and from there he moved to Hollywood to perform at the Comedy Store in 1982. In 1994 Carrey landed the lead role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and since then he has only got better staring in famous movies such as The Grinch, Bruce Almighty and A series of Unfortunate Events.
Roberta Bondar (1945)
Bondar is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Bondar has received many honours including the Order of Canada, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. As a child she would set of experiments in her parents basement and dream of space.
Justin Bieber (1994)
Bieber started off on YouTube and was then discovered in 2008 by talent manager Scooter Braun. His fans are known as “Beliebers”, and he has over 40 million followers on Twitter. Forbes magazine named him the third-most powerful celebrity in the world in 2012. Hits include the singles Baby and Never say Never.
Pamela Anderson (1967)
Anderson is primarily known for her role in Baywatch however in Feb 1990 she was noted as Playmate of the Month in Playboy Magazine. For a time she was known as Pamela Lee as she was married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. Anderson is a notable member of the Animal Rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry and promoting veganism through the animal welfare organisation PETA.
Ryan Gosling (1980)
Gosling started his career as a child on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club. He appeared in family entertainment programmes such as Goosebumps but gained audience attention in 2004 in The Notebook. Since then he has starred in other well known films such as Crazy, Stupid love and Drive. Gosling also has a banded called Dead Man’s Bones and is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills.
James Naismith (1861-1939)
Naismith was a sports coach and innovator. He invented basket ball in 1891 and is often credited with the introduction of the first football helmet. Naismith was also a National Guard chaplain with the First Kansas Infantry Regiment. He taught his soldiers basketball to control their excess energy. His effort helped increase morale and even lowered the rate of disciplinary actions among soldiers.
Joshua Slocum (1844–1909)
Slocum was the first man to single-handedly sail around the world. He was a seaman, adventurer and writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.
Cluny MacPherson (1879–1966)
MacPherson was a medical doctor and the inventor of the gas mask. A soldier’s only protection was to breathe through a handkerchief soaked in urine. Out of necessity, Doctor Cluny Macpherson quickly came up with the idea of a gas mask made of fabric and metal. After a few improvements, Cluny Macpherson’s helmet became the first gas mask to be used by the British army.