Famous Residents Ottawa, Ontario
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Was the stage name of Lyon Chaim Green O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987), a Canadian actor. He is best known for his role as "Ben Cartwright" on the long-running western Bonanza. He is also known for the shorter-lived original incarnation of the science fiction franchise of Battlestar Galactica and the award-winning Canadian Canadian television nature documentary series "Lorne Greene's New Wilderness", and many other roles spanning his long career.
Greene was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Russian Jewish immigrants, Daniel and Dora Green. Lorne Greene began acting while attending Queen's University in Kingston, where he also acquired a knack for broadcasting with the Radio Workshop of the university's Drama Guild on the campus radio station CFRC.
He gave up on a career in chemical engineering and, upon graduation, found a job as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He was assigned as the principal newsreader on the CBC National News. The CBC gave him the nickname "The Voice of Canada"; however, his role in delivering distressing war news in sonorous tones following Canada's entry into World War II in 1939 caused many listeners to call him "The Voice of Doom". During his radio days, Greene invented a stopwatch that ran backwards. Its purpose was to help radio announcers gauge how much time they had available while speaking. He also narrated documentary films, such as the National Film Board of Canada's Fighting Norway (1943). In 1957 Greene played the role of the prosecutor in the socially controversial movie Peyton Place.
The first of his American television roles was as loyal family patriarch Ben Cartwright on the long-running western series Bonanza (1959–1973), making Greene a household name. He garnered the role after having turned in a highly regarded performance in the CBS production of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In 1973, after the cancellation of Bonanza following a 14-year run, Greene joined Ben Murphy in the ABC crime drama, Griff, about a Los Angeles, California, police officer, Wade "Griff" Griffin, who retires to become a private detective. When Griff failed to gain sufficient ratings and was cancelled after thirteen episodes, Greene thereafter hosted the syndicated nature documentary series Last of the Wild from 1974 to 1975. In the 1977 miniseries Roots, he played the first master of Kunta Kinte, John Reynolds. Greene was also popular as the spokesman for Alpo Beef Chunks dog food commercials through-out the 1970s.
Greene's next best-known role was Commander Adama, another patriarchal figure, in the science fiction feature film and television series Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979) and Galactica 1980 (1980). Greene's typecasting as a wise father character continued with the short lived 1981 series, Code Red as a Fire Department Fire Chief whose command includes his children as subordinates. Greene also made an appearance with Michael Landon on an episode of Highway To Heaven.
In the 1960s, Greene capitalized on his Pa Cartwright image by recording several albums of country-western/folk songs, which Greene performed in a mixture of spoken word and singing. In 1964, Greene had a #1 single on the music charts with his ballad, "Ringo." He was also known as the host and narrator of the nature series, Lorne Greene's New Wilderness. He also appeared in the HBO mock documentary The Canadian Conspiracy, about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities. For nearly a decade, Greene co-hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. He is also fondly remembered as the founder of Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts (originally called the Lorne Greene School of Broadcasting).
Greene died at the age of seventy-two of complications from prostate cancer in Santa Monica, California. He was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City. Only weeks before his death, he had been signed to appear in a revival of Bonanza.
Greene was married twice, first to Rita Hands of Toronto (1938–1960, divorced). Some reports list the start of their marriage as 1940. They had two children, twins born in 1945, Belinda Susan Bennet (née Greene) and Charles Greene.
His second wife was Nancy Deale (1961–1987, Greene's death), with whom he had one child, Gillian Dania Greene, born January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California. In 1993, Gillian married actor/director/producer Sam Raimi; they have five children.
Born July 3, 1980 in Ottawa, Ontario is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She currently plays lead for Jennifer Jones. While living in her native Ottawa, Askin joined up with Jenn Hanna for the 2003-04 season playing as her second. In 2005, the team won the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts and lost in the final of the 2005 Scott Tournament of Hearts to Jennifer Jones. In the 2006-07 season, Askin was demoted to the team's alternate so she could focus on her career. In 2007, she moved to Winnipeg, to be with boyfriend Mike McEwen and began playing for Jones. She won the Canada Cup with Jones in 2007. Askin won her second provincial championship (first as a Manitoban) in 2008, and played in her second Tournament of Hearts with Jones, this time as team-mate, winning in the finals against Alberta. She would later win the World Championships that year with Jones, beating China in the final.
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Born November 18, 1939 is a Canadian author, poet, critic, feminist and social campaigner. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history; she is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been short listed for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice. While she is best known for her work as a novelist, her poetry is noteworthy. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths, and fairy tales, which were an interest of hers from an early age. Atwood has also published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, Playboy, and many other magazines.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood is the second of three children of Carl Edmund Atwood, an entomologist, and Margaret Dorothy Killiam, a former dietician and nutritionist. Due to her father’s ongoing research in forest entomology, Atwood spent much of her childhood in the backwoods of Northern Quebec and back and forth between Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto. She did not attend school full-time until she was 11 years old. She became a voracious reader of literature, Dell pocketbook mysteries, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Canadian animal stories, and comic books. She attended Leaside High School in Leaside, Toronto and graduated in 1957.
Atwood began writing at age six and realized she wanted to write professionally when she was 16. In 1957, she began studying at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Her professors included Jay Macpherson and Northrop Frye. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English (honours') and minors in philosophy and French.
In late 1961, after winning the E.J. Pratt Medal for her privately printed book of poems, Double Persephone, she began graduate studies at Harvard's Radcliffe College with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a master's degree (MA) from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued further graduate studies at Harvard University for 2 years, but never finished because she never completed a dissertation on “The English Metaphysical Romance” in 1967. She has taught at the University of British Columbia (1965), Sir George Williams University in Montreal (1967-68), the University of Alberta (1969-79), York University in Toronto (1971-72), and New York University, where she was Berg Professor of English.
In 1968, Atwood married Jim Polk, whom she divorced in 1973. She formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon after and moved to Alliston, Ontario, north of Toronto. In 1976 their daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born. Atwood returned to Toronto in 1980. She divides her time between Toronto and Pelee Island, Ontario.
In March 2008 it was announced by Atwood, via television hook-up between Toronto and Vancouver, that she had accepted her first chamber opera commission. 'Pauline' will be on the subject of Pauline Johnson, a writer and Canadian artist long a subject of fascination to Atwood. It will star Judith Forst, with music by Christos Hatzis, and be produced by City Opera of Vancouver. 'Pauline' will be set at Vancouver, British Columbia, in March 1913, in the last week in the life of Johnson.
Born Eva Gougeon-Ávila in Ottawa, Ontario, February 25, 1987 is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Gatineau, Quebec, who was the winner of the fourth season of the CTV reality show Canadian Idol in 2006. She was the second female winner in the show's history.
Avila's father introduced her to music and she has been singing in public since the age of 2, and at the age of 9 was a winner on Homegrown Cafe, a talent show on CJOH-TV, in Ottawa. Her nickname, given by her family when she was a small child, is still Eva le dragon (English: Eva the dragon). Prior to Idol, she had been working as a postal clerk and a beauty consultant. She had also been a former winner of the Jeune Diva du Québec contest. Avila also participated in another competition for a Quebec TV soap-opera aired on SRC called Virginie. She usually speaks English and French, as well a little Spanish because her father is of Peruvian origin.
In early 2006, Avila auditioned for the fourth season of Canadian Idol in Ottawa. She advanced into the top 10, and then she made it to the final two of the competition. During the final show, hundreds of Avila's supporters were gathered at Gatineau City Hall while Canadian Idol crews were filming scenes occasionally during the show. Several local politicians such as Gatineau mayor Marc Bureau, Hull-Aylmer federal MP Marcel Proulx, as well as Hull provincial MNA Roch Cholette were in attendance. During the finale show, Judge Zack Werner said that Avila was the show's most obvious candidate for international stardom, but he thought Craig Sharpe would win the competition. However, on September 16, 2006, Eva Avila was crowned as the fourth Canadian Idol winner, defeating Craig Sharpe by a margin of only 131,000 votes or 3%. To date, she is one of only four singers from Quebec or Francophone Canada to crack the top ten and the first to win the event: Season one's Audrey de Montigny was the first to reach the top ten, Steffi Di'Domenicantonio in season four, Khalila Glanville in season five and Katherine St-Laurent in season six.
Daniel Edward "Dan" Aykroyd
Born July 1,1952 is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.
Aykroyd was born on Canada Day on July 1, 1952 at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in the Canadian capital where his father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, a civil engineer, worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. His mother, Lorraine (née Gougeon), is a secretary of French Canadian origin, and his brother, Peter, also became a comedy actor. Aykroyd was born with webbed toes, which was revealed in the movie Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and in a short film on Saturday Night Live (Don't Look Back In Anger). He was also born with a condition of having two differently coloured eyes. His right eye is green and his left eye is brown.
Aykroyd was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and had intended to become a priest until the age of seventeen. He attended St Pius X and St Patrick's, where he was briefly expelled from the latter: he dressed up a pig to look like the pope and brought it to school for show and tell. He went on to study criminology and sociology at Carleton University but dropped out before completing. He worked as a comedian in various Canadian nightclubs and ran an after-hours speakeasy (Club 505) in Toronto for several years.
Born October 26, 1963 is a Canadian actor. Cavanagh was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and moved with his parents to a small city, Winneba, in Ghana when he was seven years old. In his teens, the family moved to Lennoxville, Quebec where he started high school. Tom went to high school at the Seminaire de Sherbrooke, in nearby Sherbrooke, where he studied in french and played basketball for the Barons. He later studied at Champlain College in Lennoxville at the CEGEP level. Thomas is fluently bilingual in French and English. While attending Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, he became interested in theater and music and played ice hockey and varsity basketball. He graduated with degrees in English, biology and education. Tom has an older brother who is a Crown Attorney and three sisters; one who is a Religion teacher and Chaplain in Ontario, Canada, another who is an Autism specialist in Toronto Ontario and another who is a Communications Writer in London, England. His parents are academics and writers.
Cavanagh is married to Maureen Grise, a photo editor for Sports Illustrated. They were married on July 31, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony on Nantucket, Massachusetts. The couple have a daughter and a son. Cavanagh ran the 2006 New York City Marathon finishing in 3:29:31.
Cavanagh is supporter of Nothing But Nets, a charitable organization seeking to prevent malaria deaths in Africa through local distribution of mosquito nets. In summer 2008, he founded the Cavanagh Classic, an annual celebrity basketball tournament in Rucker Park in New York City to raise money and awareness for the cause. Cavanagh traveled to Rwanda on a March 2009 United Nations Foundation trip to distribute the nets and educate the recipients in their use.
Born as Keshia Chanté Harper on June 16, 1988 is a critically acclaimed Canadian Juno Award-winning R&B/Pop singer, songwriter, executive producer, actress and Ford model. She signed to Sony BMG Canada at 13 and as a result has released 2 major albums, and released 10 hit singles in Canada. She is best known in Canada for her 8 top 10 radio hits "Shook (The Answer)", "Unpredictable", "Bad Boy", "Does He Love Me", "Let The Music Take You", "Ring The Alarm", "Been Gone" and "2U". She is known in the U.S. for her "Bad Boy" video that was in heavy rotation on BET and her guest appearance in Bow Wow & Chris Brown's "Shortie Like Mine" video.
Keshia Chanté was born in Ottawa, Ontario and she went to St. Peter Catholic High School and then moved to Brampton, Ontario at the age of 14. She then attended Fletcher's Meadow Secondary School, and graduated as a straight-A student with her class in 2007. Her father is of Afro-Trinidadian descent and her mother is of Portuguese and Puerto Rican descent. Chante cites Tupac Shakur, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Aaliyah as musical influences and Jennifer Lopez for career aspirations.
Francis Michael "King" Clancy
(25 February 1903 – 10 November 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs before becoming a coach, referee, and team executive.
Clancy's nickname "King" originates from his father, who was the first 'King Clancy' and played football for Ottawa. At the time the football was not snapped as is done today, but was 'heeled' back from the line. Frank's father was very good at this and was named 'King of the Heelers' or 'King' for short. This nickname was eventually transferred to Frank.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Clancy played for junior teams in the Ottawa area and began his National Hockey League career in his hometown playing for the Senators, where he would establish himself as among the league's top players and help the Senators to Stanley Cup wins in 1923 and 1927. Although he was one of the smallest defensemen of his era, he was tough and fast and would not back down. According to Brian McFarlane, it was said that King Clancy started a thousand fights and never won one.
During a 31 March, 1923 Stanley Cup game against the Edmonton Eskimos, Clancy became the first hockey player to play all six positions during one game. In the third period, goaltender Clint Benedict was given a two-minute penalty. At the time, goalies served their own penalties. Not wanting to leave the net open, Clancy played goal for the two minutes Benedict was gone.
On 11 October 1930, coming off what would be the most productive season of his career, with 17 goals and 40 points in 44 games with the Senators, Clancy was traded to the Maple Leafs, with Toronto manager Conn Smythe giving up $35,000 and two players for him. In his second season with the Leafs, Clancy helped his team win the Stanley Cup.
After a sluggish start to the 1936–37 season, Clancy announced his retirement just six games into the season. He retired as the top scoring defenceman in National Hockey League history, with 136 career goals.
The season after his retirement as a player, Clancy briefly coached the Montreal Maroons before beginning an 11-year stint as an National Hockey League referee. In 1949, the Montreal Canadiens hired Clancy to coach their American Hockey League farm team, the Cincinnati Mohawks. He was released after two losing seasons, and rejoined the Maple Leaf family as coach of the Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Pittsburgh Hornets. The Hornets had two outstanding seasons under Clancy, winning the Calder Cup as league champions in 1951–52, and nearly repeating the following year, before losing the cup final in seven games.
On the strength of that performance, Clancy was made coach of the Maple Leafs for the 1953–54 season. He held the job for three years, but the team struggled, with each season worse than the one before it. He was then given the title assistant general manager by his friend, Conn Smythe, but his responsibilities often involved public relations at least as much as building a hockey team. Clancy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.
He remained assistant general manager-coach through the 1960s, working under Punch Imlach. When Imlach was fired in 1969, Clancy initially said that he'd leave with him, but he was persuaded to stay with the Leafs and was made vice-president (a decision that did not go over well with Imlach, although the two later reconciled).
After Harold Ballard took control of the Leafs during the 1971–72 season, Clancy and Ballard became inseparable friends. Former Leafs player, coach, and assistant general manager Hap Day would say that Clancy was paid to do nothing by both Smythe and Ballard.
During the 1971–72 season, Clancy stepped behind the Leafs' bench as acting coach for 15 games while head coach John McLellan recovered from a peptic ulcer.
Clancy remained in the Leafs' front office for the rest of his life. In 1986, he had an operation to remove his gallbladder. Infection from the gallbladder seeped into his body during the operation, and he went into septic shock. He died 10 November 1986 at age 83 and is buried in Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery in Ontario.
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
Born August 27, 1976 is a Canadian actress, best known for portraying Dr. Elliot Reid on the ABC comedy Scrubs, the second and fourth Becky Conner Healy on Roseanne, and Stella Zinman in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.
Chalke was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the middle of the three daughters of Douglas and Angie Chalke. Her mother is originally from Rostock, Germany. According to a Scrubs commentary track, she used to attend the German school in her hometown twice a week. Her first language is English, although she speaks French fairly well and German fluently. Chalke graduated from Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver in 1994.
Her father is a lawyer in private practice in Vancouver. Her parents operate an adoption agency that specializes in placing foreign orphans (primarily Chinese) with Canadian families. Her older sister Natasha is also a lawyer, and she has a younger sister named Piper. In April 2008 Chalke became a naturalized American citizen. She is engaged to Jamie Afifi, an attorney whom she met while skiing. In her leisure time, Chalke prefers cooking with friends (especially Thai and sushi), playing the guitar, hiking, skiing (she is an instructor), snowboarding, kayaking, water skiing, and reading. Chalke is a devout fan of The Beatles and requested that "Eight Days A Week" be played for the third season finale of Scrubs.
Chalke's acting career began at the age of eight when she began appearing in musical theater productions. At 12, she became a reporter on the Canadian children's show KidZone. In 1993, she took over the role of Becky (Conner) Healy on Roseanne from Lecy Goranson; she made a cameo appearance as a different character in the Roseanne episode "Halloween: The Final Chapter" (#178, originally aired October 31, 1995). She returned briefly to Canada where she starred in the CBC Television drama Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (1998-1999).
In 2001, she was cast as Dr. Elliot Reid in the NBC comedy series Scrubs. She has appeared in several feature films, including Ernest Goes to School and Cake, as well as several episodes of How I Met Your Mother. She appeared in Channel 101's The 'Bu with The Lonely Island, a parody of the hit show The O.C., but was credited as Pamela Fenton. In 2007, she appeared as a supporting character in Chaos Theory, which starred Ryan Reynolds. In 2008, Chalke became the spokesperson for a line of women's underwear by Hanes that included a series of commercials directed by her Scrubs co-star Zach Braff.
Bruce Douglas Cockburn
Born May 27, 1945 is a Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. His 29th album was released in summer 2006, and he has written songs in styles ranging from folk to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll.
Cockburn was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found in his grandmother's attic, which he then adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits; another source places this momentous event as happening in 1959. Cockburn was a student (but did not study music) at Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire simply: "hopes to become a musician." He then attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s: "I got a lot out of it, but it didn't feel right to continue there." In 1966 he was asked to join an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967, he joined the final line-up of the Esquires before moving to Toronto in the summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which point Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone's Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up Olivus, intending to go solo but ending up in the band 3's a Crowd. with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson and Richard Patterson, who had played with him in The Children. Cockburn left this band in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.
He had made his first solo appearance at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and was the headliner when Beldin Arechavala cancelled in order to appear at Woodstock in 1969. In 1970 he released his first, self-titled, solo album. Cockburn's phenomenal guitar work and song writing skills won him an enthusiastic following. His early work sparkles with rural and nautical imagery, Biblical metaphors, and a sense of delight in the belief that whatever happens here on earth, heaven is not far away. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a devout Christian. Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to his Christian belief, which in turn informs the concerns for human rights and environmentalism expressed on his 1980s albums. His references to Christianity in his music include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox, but they are so subtle and musical that they do not exclude nonbelievers.
While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not make a splash in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws, still a landmark of acoustic-based pop featuring intricate lyrics, great Sonics, and startling guitar work. "Wondering Where the Lions Are", the first single from that album, reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC's hit TV show Saturday Night Live.
Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 to Kitty Cockburn, and has a daughter Jenny (born in July 1976) from that marriage. He wrote the song "Little Seahorse" in late 1975 about the time when his daughter was in utero. It appears on his album In the Falling Dark.
Through the 1980s Cockburn's song writing became first more urban, later more global, and then, ultimately and most famously, more politicized: he became heavily involved with progressive causes. His growing political concerns were first hinted at in three astonishing but little-known discs, Humans, Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. As far as casual radio listeners were concerned, however, these concerns only became evident in 1984, with Cockburn's second radio hit, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" (#88 US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked before and after his visit by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to many countries (such as Mozambique and Iraq), played countless benefits, and written many songs on a variety of political subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world music influences (reggae, Latin, etc.) found in his music.
In 1991, Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time". It features the Barenaked Ladies cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and proved to be an important element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song "God Part II" from their album Rattle and Hum.
In the early 1990s Cockburn teamed up with good friend T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, "Closer to the Light", inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, who was a close friend of Burnett as well. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favorite songwriter and was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love. On the album Cockburn performs the title song.
In 1998, he travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The one-month journey was documented in the award-winning one-hour film, River of Sand.
In 2002 Cockburn released his first official greatest hits collection, Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 (although his previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle).
In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 27th album, You've Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat which performed at Monterey and Woodstock back in the day, probably are best known for their work with Tom Waits).
Cockburn performed a powerful set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. An instrumental compilation of both new and previously released material, titled Speechless, was released on October 24, 2005. His 29th album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.
Another humanitarian, Canadian Senator/retired General Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, was on stage at the University of Victoria with Bruce Cockburn. The October 4, 2008 concert was held to aid child soldiers (Victoria Times Colonist, April 17, 2008).
Paul Albert Anka
Born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.
Anka first became famous as a teen idol in the late 1950s and 1960s with hits songs like Diana, Lonely Boy, and Put Your Head on My Shoulder. He went on to write such well known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Tom Jones' biggest hit She's A Lady, and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song My Way.
Anka's parents, Andy and Camelia, who owned a restaurant, were of Lebanese Christian (Orthodox) and Assyrian descent. He sang with the St Elijah Lebanese Antiochian Orthodox Church choir under the direction of Frederick Karam with whom he studied music theory. He also studied piano with Winnifred Rees.
Anka recorded his first single "I Confess" at age 14. In 1957 he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was widely believed to be a love struck verse he had written to a former babysitter. In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. The song, "Diana", brought Anka instant stardom as it rocketed to number one on the charts. "Diana" is one of the best selling 45s in music history. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including "It's Time to Cry", which made #4 and "(All Of a Sudden) My Heart Sings", which reached #15, making him, at 17, one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain and then, with Buddy Holly, he toured Australia.
His talent went beyond singing the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (reworked in 1962 from a song Anka wrote earlier called "Toot Sweet" which had been rewritten with lyrics and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959 as "It's Really Love"); Tom Jones' biggest hit record "She's a Lady"; and the English lyrics to "My Way," Frank Sinatra's signature song sung by many well known artists.
In the 1960s Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit movie The Longest Day. From his movie work, he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, "Lonely Boy" and also "My Home Town", which was a #8 pop hit for him the same year. He then went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. Anka returns to Canada several times a year, regularly playing to sold out crowds at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier and set on the Sunset Strip of West Hollywood.
Born August 29, 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario is a Canadian comedian and actress. She is best known for her work with the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which she joined in 2003. She is married to actor Scott Yaphe.
Holmes attended Canterbury High School in Ottawa followed by Ryerson University in Toronto. She was raised with two older, supposedly fraternal (non-identical) twin brothers. After many years, it was discovered that one of the twins had accidentally been switched while temporarily residing at a foster home shortly after birth, and her biological twin brothers are, in fact, identical. For one season, Holmes hosted her own show, The Holmes Show. She also appeared on XPM and History Bites.
Holmes is the daughter of a feminist mother and a Mormon father and was for two years a missionary in Venezuela for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Holmes is no longer a member of the church. In her comedy, Holmes parodies right wing Christian fundamentalists through her character, Candy Anderson Henderson. She also parodies this by appearing as Sister Bessy, a nun with a thick Scottish accent who comments on politics.
On both The Holmes Show and Air Farce Holmes has performed caricatures of various celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Myriam Bedard, Belinda Stronach, Geri Halliwell, Britney Spears, Tim Allen, Jim Carey and others.
Jessica and Scott had their first child, a girl named Alexa Lola, born on December 27, 2006. Penelope Corrin was her fill-in on Air Farce during Jessica's maternity leave during the first two months of 2007. Holmes returned to the show in March 2007. Holmes took another leave during the first few episodes of Air Farce's last season in October 2008, as Holmes gave birth to her second child, which was a boy named Jordy.
Richard Caruthers "Rich" Little
Born November 26, 1938 in Ottawa, Ontario is a Canadian impressionist and voice actor. Little has long been known as a top impersonator of famous people throughout the world, which has earned him the nickname "The Man of a Thousand Voices."
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Little was the middle of three sons of a doctor. In his early teens, he formed a partnership with Geoff Scott, another budding impressionist, concentrating on reproducing the voices of Canadian politicians such as then-Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and Ottawa mayor Charlotte Whitton. (Ironically Geoff went on to become a politician.) They were performing professionally in night clubs by age 17. Rich acted in Ottawa's Little Theatre and became a successful disc jockey, frequently incorporating impersonations into his show. In 1963, he was asked to audition by Mel Tormé, who was producing a new variety show for Judy Garland. The audition won him the job and he broke into show business.
In 1966 and 1967, Little appeared in ABC-TV's Judy Carne sitcom Love on a Rooftop as the Willises' eccentric neighbour, Stan Parker.
Little was a frequent guest on variety and talk shows. He cracked up Johnny Carson by capturing the Tonight Show host's voice and many on-stage mannerisms perfectly (he later played Carson in the HBO TV-movie The Late Shift). One of his best known impressions is of U.S. President Richard Nixon. During the 1970s, Little made many television appearances portraying Nixon. He was a regular guest on Dean Martin's Celebrity Roasts in the 1970s and was also a regular on The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973. He was named "Comedy Star of the Year" by the American Guild of Variety Artists in 1974.
His best-known continuing TV series was The Kopykats, hour-long segments of The ABC Comedy Hour, first broadcast in 1972. Taped in England, these comedy-variety shows consisted entirely of celebrity impersonations, with the actors in full costume and makeup for every sketch. The cast included Rich Little, Frank Gorshin, Marilyn Michaels, George Kirby, Joe Baker, Fred Travalena, Charlie Callas, and Peter Goodwright.
The Rich Little Show (1976) and The New You Asked for It (1981) were attempts to present Little in his own person, away from his gallery of characterizations.
Little has starred in various HBO specials including the 1978 one-man show, Rich Little's Christmas Carol. He has also appeared in several movies and released nine albums. When David Niven proved too ill for his voice to be used in his appearances in Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), Little provided the overdub; he rendered similar assistance for the 1991 TV special Christmas at the Movies by providing an unaccredited dub for the aging actor/dancer Gene Kelly. As a native Canadian, he also lent his voice to the narration of two specials which were the forerunners for the animated series The Raccoons, The Christmas Raccoons, and The Raccoons on Ice. He was also briefly featured on Futurama .
Little was the host for the 2007 White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Although President Bush was reported to have enjoyed Little's performance, it was panned by some reviewers for "his ancient jokes and impressions of dead people (Johnny Carson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan)."
Little was married to Jeanne Worden from 1971 until their divorce in 1989. The couple have a daughter, Bria. He married Jeannette Markey in 1994; they divorced in 1997. He married his current wife, Marie Marotta, in 2003. Although Little is a Canadian citizen, he lives in Las Vegas, where he often performs.
Steven Glenwood MacLean
Steven MacLean born December 14, 1954 is a Canadian astronaut. Steven MacLean is the current President of the Canadian Space Agency, appointed on September 2, 2008.
He was born in Ottawa, Ontario and is married to Nadine Wielgopolski of Hull, Quebec. They have three children. Steven MacLean enjoys hiking, canoeing, flying, parachuting and gymnastics. Maclean attended Merivale High School in Ottawa. Steven MacLean received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1977 and a doctorate in physics in 1983 from York University in Toronto, Ontario. In 1977, he received the President’s Award at York University (Murray G. Ross Award). Steven MacLean is a recipient of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council post graduate scholarship in 1980, two Ontario graduate scholarships, one in 1981 and the other in 1982, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellowship in 1983.
Steven MacLean is an honorary fellow of Norman Bethune College of York University and president of the board of directors for the Mont Megantic Observatory project.
From 1974 to 1976, MacLean worked in sports administration and public relations at York University. From 1976 to 1977, Steven MacLean was a member of the Canadian National gymnastics team. He taught part-time at York University from 1980 to 1983. In 1983, he became a visiting scholar at Stanford University under Nobel Laureate A.L. Schawlow. He is a laser-physicist, and his research has included work on electro-optics, laser-induced fluorescence of particles and crystals and multi-photon laser spectroscopy.
In December 1983, MacLean was one of six astronauts selected by the National Research Council of Canada. He began astronaut training in February 1984 and, in December 1985, was designated as the Canadian Payload Specialist to fly with the CANEX-2 set of Canadian experiments in space. MacLean was assigned to mission STS-71-F that scheduled for launch in 1987, but was cancelled after Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. His mission, STS-52, took place October 22 to November 1, 1992.
From 1988 to 1991, Steven MacLean was astronaut adviser to the Strategic Technologies in Automation & Robotics Program. From 1987 to 1993, Steven MacLean was program manager of the Advanced Space Vision System. In July 1992, NASA agreed to outfit the shuttle fleet with an operational version of the Orbiter Space Vision System which will give eyes to the Canadarm on board the space shuttle, and the Advanced Vision Unit which will be used with the Mobile Servicing System (MSS). The MSS is Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station. MacLean was Program Manager for the OSVS until his interim assignment, in July 1993, to a collateral duty as Science Advisor for the International Space Station.
In 1993, he became an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. In April 1994, he was appointed acting director-general of the Canadian astronaut program. In July 1996 he was selected to attend NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Training at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. MacLean was initially assigned technical duties in the astronaut office robotics branch. More recently, he served as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in the JSC Mission Control Center. MacLean served as a Mission Specialist on STS-115, which launched on September 9, 2006 and returned on September 21, 2006. He became the first Canadian to operate the robotic arm Canadarm2. On September 13, he performed his first spacewalk, a 7 hour EVA to activate the solar panels on the P3/4 truss the second Canadian to do so, after Chris Hadfield.
Alanis Nadine Morissette
Born June 1, 1974 is a Canadian/American singer-songwriter, record producer and occasional actress. She has won twelve Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, and has sold over 60 million albums worldwide. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records. Morissette's international debut album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, which remains the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S., and the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history, selling 30 million records worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Alanis is the biggest selling female rock artist in music. Her following album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998 and was a success as well. Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos and latest release Flavours of Entanglement. In February 2005, Morissette became a naturalized citizen of the United States while maintaining her Canadian citizenship.
Alanis Morissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Georgia Mary Ann Feuerstein, a Hungarian-born teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a French-Canadian high school principal. Alanis has a twin brother, Wade, and an older brother, Chad. At the age of six, she began playing the piano, and realized she wanted to express herself through the arts. In 1984, Morissette wrote her first song, "Fate Stay with Me", which she sent to a local folk singer, Lindsay Morgan, who recruited Morissette as her protégé. Morissette released "Fate Stay with Me" as a single via a label she founded with Morgan. A limited number of copies were pressed, and it received little airplay. During 1986, she was also a cast regular on the CTV/Nickelodeon show, You Can't Do That on Television.
At a New York City audition, Morissette landed a spot on Star Search, a popular American talent competition on which she used the stage name of Alanis Nadine, her first and middle names. Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round. In 1988, Morissette signed a publishing deal with MCA Publishing, which helped to fund her record deal with one of its independent subsidiary labels. During her high school years, Morissette attended Immaculata High School and Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.
During 1993, Morissette dated Dave Coulier of television's Full House fame.
Between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, Morissette suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, which were catalyzed by "hardcore" professional pressure and managerial demands from her work towards making her first album. She recalled returning to the studio to re-record some vocals, only to be told that the person who summoned her there wanted to discuss her weight, and that she couldn't be successful if she was fat. She lived on a diet of carrots, black coffee and Melba toast, and her weight fluctuated by fifteen to twenty pounds. She subsequently began therapy, which she called "a long process to un-program [my brain]. I try to remember, whatever my body is, it's perfect the way it is".
By mid 2004, Morissette had become an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a minister free of charge.
In 2002 she began dating actor (and fellow Canadian) Ryan Reynolds. In June 2004, Morissette announced her engagement. In June 2006, People magazine reported that Morissette had split from her fiancé, Ryan Reynolds, but neither party confirmed the report. The following month, a source said that they were together. Contact Music reported that their split was a "rumour" and they were pictured holding hands in Los Angeles. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced that they had mutually decided to end their engagement.
In her May 2004 interview to the British newspaper The Mirror she discussed her past lesbian relationships, having dated a twenty-nine year-old man at age fourteen and, briefly, her experiences with drugs. In the article, she was quoted as saying: "My addictions were work and food. I smoked pot once in a while, but I'm too much of a control freak to be a drug person".
In February 2005, Morissette became a naturalized citizen of the United States while maintaining her Canadian citizenship. Morissette refers to herself as a Canadian-American.
In a Rolling Stone interview she revealed that she was going to spend 2006 working on a memoir. She said of her book, "it will be all the wisdom I've accrued in the thirty-one years of my life A lot about relationships, fame, travel, body-image issues, spirit with a lot of self-deprecating humour peppered throughout, 'cause I just can't help it".
In June 2008, when asked about some revealing songs on her new album, she responded, "I’ve had so many rock bottom moments in my life. I’ve hit rock bottom, but I didn’t necessarily bounce up as high right after. This one was the biggest bounce". Since July 2007 she has been dating environmental lawyer Tom Ballanco.
In early 2009, after reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live, Morissette adopted a vegan diet which helped her lose weight, get healthy, and gain energy.
Born July 20, 1971 is a Canadian actress. She is primarily known to American audiences for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang in the ABC series Grey's Anatomy. She also played notable roles in the feature films Under the Tuscan Sun and Sideways, and had a supporting role on the HBO original series Arli$$.
Oh was born in Nepean, Ontario, to middle-class Korean immigrant parents Joon-Soo (John) and Young-Nam, who had come to Canada in the early 1960s. Her father is a businessman and her mother a biochemist. Oh grew up living on Camwood Crescent in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, where she began acting and dancing ballet at an early age. At the age of 10, she played The Wizard of Woe in a class musical, The Canada Goose.
Later, at Sir Robert Borden High School, she founded the Environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment), leading a campaign against the use of Styrofoam cups. While at Sir Robert Borden High School she was Student Council President. While in high school, she played the flute and continued both her ballet training and acting studies; however, she knew that she "was not good enough to be a professional dancer" and eventually focused solely on acting. This interest led her to take drama classes, act in school plays, and join the drama club where she took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group. Against her parents' advice, she rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, paying her own way. She told her parents that she would try acting for a few years, and if that failed, return to school. Ironically, while studying at the National Theatre School, she portrayed a waitress in the made-for-television film, School's Out, in which her co-worker, Caitlin Ryan (Stacie Mistysyn) also considers turning down her acceptance into Carleton University's journalism program.
Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she starred in a London, Ontario stage production of David Mamet's Oleanna. Around the same time, she won roles in biographical TV films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in The Diary of Evelyn Lau (Oh won the role over more than 1,000 others who auditioned); and as Adrienne Clarkson in a CBC biopic of Clarkson's life.
Oh became even more widely known in Canada for her lead performance in the Canadian film Double Happiness, for which she won the Genie Award for Best Actress. She then went on to star in the 1997 international feature hit film Bean playing the supporting role of Bernice, the art gallery P.R. manager. Her other Canadian films include Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity and Last Night, for which she again won a Best Actress Genie.
Sandra Oh at the 2007 Golden Globes Oh is most familiar to American audiences from her roles in the 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, performed several nude dance routines and received the movie's best reviews. On American television, she is renowned 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 2008, she received her fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for her work on the series.
Oh received critical acclaim for her six seasons as Rita Wu on the Home Box Office series Arli$$. She received an National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her work on Arli$$. In theatre, Oh has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son's Stop Kiss at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York City. She made several guest appearances on the series Popular (1999) playing a humanities teacher. She has also guest starred in the television series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Judging Amy, American Dragon: Jake Long, Six Feet Under, and Odd Job Jack.
In 2006, she co-starred in the film The Night Listener as "Anna," alongside Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Although Oh remains active in feature films, the critically acclaimed Grey's Anatomy remains her primary current occupation. Oh was host of the 28th Genie Awards on March 3, 2008.
Oh and Sideways filmmaker Alexander Payne were in a relationship for five years, including two years of marriage; they married on January 1, 2003. Payne and Oh separated in early 2005 and divorced in late 2006. Oh is currently dating musician Andrew Featherston.
Oh's brother, Ray, is completing a Ph.D. in medical genetics at the University of Toronto and Ontario Cancer Institute. Her sister Grace is a Crown attorney and mother of two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Nancy Catherine Greene OC OBC OD LLD (hc)
Born May 11, 1943 in Ottawa, Ontario is a Canadian Senator for British Columbia and a champion alpine skier voted as Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century.
At the age of three, Nancy Greene's family moved to Rossland, British Columbia, a mountainous area and the site of the first ski competition ever held in Canada in 1897. The child of avid skiers, Greene began at a young age and while in high school she competed in the Canadian Junior Championships. She would go on to become Canada's most decorated ski racer in history with the most World Cup victories, male or female.
Nicknamed "Alpaca" because of her calm and laid back style of skiing, she won the Canadian ski championship six times and the United States championship, three times. In 1967, Nancy Greene broke the European domination of the sport, becoming the first skier to win the World Cup. That year she won seven of 16 events, taking the over-all title with four giant slalom victories, plus two in slalom and one in downhill. Her accomplishment earned her Canadian "Athlete of the Year" honours.
In 1968 she won the World Cup title again plus at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, she captured a gold medal in the giant slalom by one of largest margins in Olympic History and a silver medal in the slalom. For the second time, she was named Canada's "Athlete of the Year."
Following her retirement from competition, she made a major contribution to Canadian sport by accepting an appointment to the federal Government's "Task Force on Sport For Canadians." Married with twin boys, Nancy Greene and her husband Al Raine were instrumental in the early development of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, and then later to the development and promotion of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, just north of Kamloops, British Columbia. Nancy is Director of Skiing at Sun Peaks Resort and skis almost every day. Nancy and Al built Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge where they make their home. Dedicated to the promotion of her sport, for more than 30 years the Nancy Greene Ski League has been an important entry-level race program for young children.
Over the years, Nancy Greene has been the recipient of numerous awards including her country's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. She has been honoured with the naming of "Nancy Greene Provincial Park" and "Nancy Greene Lake" in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia's Kootenay region. In 1999 her name was engraved in Canada's Walk of Fame and she was voted Canada's female athlete of the century in a survey of newspaper editors and broadcasters conducted by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News. In April 2005, Ms Greene Raine was named Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University.
In December of 2008, Senator Greene was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Born October 26, 1965) is a Canadian television and film actress and former fashion model. She is best known for portraying Kirsten Cohen on the FOX TV series The O.C. Rowan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of Toronto's Northern Secondary School. At the age of 19, she left the University of Western Ontario and then attained her degree in English Literature to join the cast of the Canadian series Mount Royal. Though Rowan has discussed what a tough decision it was to leave university, the young actress found the opportunity to shoot the show in Paris, France too irresistible. Rowan went on to further her education, studying acting at the British American Drama Academy in London and, upon returning to North America, relocating to New York to study at the city’s famed Neighbourhood Playhouse.
On June 20, 2007, it was announced that Rowan became engaged to the Canadian billionaire David Thomson. They broke off their engagement just before she gave birth to their daughter on April 28, 2008.
Rowan attended playwriting courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has written her own play. She began modeling in her college years to earn extra cash, becoming involved in acting while working in commercials. Her acting career took off in 1980. Appearing in such movies as The Gate, Hook, Three to Tango, One Eight Seven, and A Girl Thing, Rowan remained a recognizable face without a well-known name for years, guest-starring in television shows such as The Outer Limits, Growing Pains, Da Vinci's Inquest, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dallas. In 1993 She won a Gemini award for her work in the TV-movie Adrift.
In 2002, Rowan guest-starred in three episodes of Boomtown, playing "Marian", the deceived wife of David McNorris (Neal McDonough); she returned for one last episode in 2003. That same year, she was cast as Kirsten Cohen on the new FOX program, The O.C., alongside Peter Gallagher, Tate Donovan, Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke, with whom she appeared on an episode of CSI. She was a main character on The O.C., and for her role as the recovering alcoholic mother, she won the Prism Award, for which she had already been nominated the previous year.
Rowan has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program. She has also starred in TV-husband Peter Gallagher's music video, Still I Long For Your Kiss, a song from his album 7 Days in Memphis, which was released in 2005. She also appeared in the television movie In God's Country.
Rowan starred in a film with Freddie Prinze Jr., Jack and Jill vs. the World, which was released on April 4, 2008. She's also completed her third project for Lifetime, producing a TV movie titled She Drives Me Crazy, which starred former co-star Clarke. In 2008 Rowan completed a TV film, Good Times Are Killing Me which she was an executive producer for and starred in alongside Rupert Graves. Currently in discussions to produce and star in Tracing Iris and if the project goes ahead, Rowan will play the lead role of Kate Mason.
A Screenwriter who lived in Brockville from 1986 to 1992, graduating from Brockville Collegiate Institute. Whose credits include the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Robocop: Prime Directives and the YTV series I Love Mummy. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Abraham graduated from the Motion Picture Studies program at Ryerson University in 1996. Abraham co-wrote (with Joseph O'Brien), the initial draft for the remake of Black Christmas. That draft was subsequently shelved when Glen Morgan and James Wong were hired to helm the project in 2005. His screenplay based on the life of World War I Flying Ace Billy Bishop was optioned by Veni Vidi Vici Motion Pictures in 2005.
Abraham is a frequent contributor to Rue Morgue Magazine and Dreamwatch.
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