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In an idle movie-related conversation with a colleague here, we were struck by how many great American actors are not American. In comedy, in particular, it’s amazing how many stars are Canadian, or part thereof. Examples:

  • Dan Aykroyd
  • John Candy
  • Jim Carrey
  • Sarah Chalke (Scrubs)
  • Michael J Fox
  • Brendan Fraser
  • Rick Moranis
  • Mike Myers
  • Matthew Perry (Friends) (US/Can)
  • Keanu Reeves *1
  • William Shatner *2
  • Martin Short
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall, Larry Sanders Show)

*1 Keanu Reeves a comedian? Well, I’ve seen Johnny Mnemonic.

*2 William Shatner was a comedian long before he got involved in Star Trek, and has returned to comedy since, e.g. Miss Congeniality, or his famous “Get A Life” sketch on Saturday Night Live.


Written by brian t

July 17, 2002 at 12:06 pm

Posted in america, canada, humour, movies

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