List of People From Hamilton, Ontario - Arts - Film and Television

Film and Television

  • Jean Adair (1873–1953), actress. Although she worked primarily on stage (sometimes billed as Jennet Adair), she made several film appearances late in her career, most notably as one of the misguided murdering aunts of Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • Nicole Arbour, is a stand-up comedian. She bills herself as "North America's Sexiest Comedian."
  • Julia Arthur (1868–1950), was a Canadian-born stage and film actress.
  • Robert Beatty (1909–1992), actor who worked in radio, film and television for most of his career and was especially known in the United Kingdom.
  • Alan Best (1959- ), is an animation director and producer. Began his career as an assistant animator working for Hanna-Barbera studios. Also worked on the animated features, Heavy Metal (1981), Pink Floyd The Wall (1982).
  • Rick Campanelli (1970- ), He was a MuchMusic Video Jockey, currently works for ET Canada.
  • Wendy Crewson (1956- ), actress.
  • Douglass Dumbrille (1889–1974), was an actor and one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood.
  • Rob Faulds (1955- ), is a Canadian sports analyst on Rogers Sportsnet and host of sportsnetnews.
  • Jonathan Frid (1924-2012), a noted theater, television and movie actor, most famously known for the role of Barnabas Collins - a vampire - on the first incarnation of the Gothic TV serial Dark Shadows.
  • Daniel Goldberg, Movie Producer of Twins, Space Jam. Also worked with Ivan Reitman on Stripes and Meatballs.
  • Currie Graham (1967- ), stage, film and television actor. Graham is best known for playing Lt. Thomas Bale in the TV program NYPD Blue.
  • Graham Greene (1952- ), TV and movie actor who was born on Six Nations reserve and lived in Hamilton as a young adult, Greene has appeared in The Green Mile, on the Red Green Show, L.A. Law and the New Beachcombers.
  • Jonathan Hale (1892–1966), actor. Best known as Mr. Dithers in the Blondie movies. He committed suicide in Hollywood at the age of 74.
  • Adam J. Harrington (1972- ), actor and producer. He is known for his roles in The Secret Circle, Queer As Folk and Dexter, and as Roy Earle in the video game L.A. Noire.
  • Torri Higginson (1969- ), actress. She is most well known for her roles in the TekWar movies and series, The English Patient and Stargate Atlantis. (Burlington, Ontario)
  • Florence Lawrence (1890–1938), was an inventor and silent film actress, who is often referred to as "The First Movie Star." She was also known as "The Biograph Girl" and "The Girl of a Thousand Faces". During her lifetime, Lawrence appeared in more than 270 films for various motion picture companies.
  • Chris Lazar (1986- ), actor best known for his role as Young Zach on the series Dark Angel.
  • Ashley Leggat (1986- ), actress who is known for her role as "Casey" in the Disney Channel series Life with Derek.
  • Eugene Levy (1946- ), actor, television director, producer and writer. Best known internationally for his role as the father in the American Pie movies.
  • Brian Linehan (1944–2004), television host, best known for his celebrity interviews on City Lights, a program produced by Citytv in Toronto.
  • Del Lord (1894–1970), was a film director and actor best known as a director of Three Stooges films. (Grimsby Ontario)
  • Patrick McKenna (1960- ), is a comedic and dramatic actor. He is best known for the television series The Red Green Show and Traders, and the Trudeau miniseries.
  • Paul Popowich (1973- ), actor. Beside his theatre appearances, he has performed in many television series (such as Beverly Hills, 90210) and features.
  • Frank Powell, was a stage and silent film actor, screenwriter, and director in the United States.
  • Leon Pownall (1943–2006), actor and director.
  • Ivan Reitman (1946- ), Slovakian-born, Canadian-raised film actor, producer, and director. He is most remembered for directing and producing a string of comedies, mostly in the 1980s and 1990s (Meatballs, Stripes and Ghostbusters). A founder of the McMaster Film Board at McMaster University.
  • Kathleen Robertson (1973- ), actress. She was cast in Beverly Hills, 90210, where she remained until 1997.
  • Martin Short (1950- ), Actor, writer, and producer best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live.
  • Steve Smith (1945- ), main actor and writer on The Red Green Show, a Canadian television series.
  • Sarah Taylor, MuchMusic VJ, Sarah now co-hosts many of MuchMusic's popular shows, including Combat Zone, MuchOnDemand and Take Over.
  • Dave Thomas (1949- ), Hamilton native, McMaster alumnus, and SCTV member, before leaving for movies and Grace Under Fire.
  • Brian Williams, sportscaster who is best known for his coverage of the Olympic Games. (Born in Winnipeg, raised in Hamilton).
  • Dick Wilson (1916–2007), actor, whose claim to fame was working for over 21 years on 504 Charmin toilet paper TV commercials. Also made acting appearances on Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes and The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Gordon Michael Woolvett (1970- ), actor, plays Seamus Harper on TV's Andromeda.
  • Dominic Zamprogna (1979- ), actor, plays James "Jammer" Lyman on TV's Battlestar Galactica.
  • Gema Zamprogna (1976- ), actress, played the role of Felicity Clark on Road to Avonlea. (1989–1996)

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