Famous Canadians: From Entertainment to Information Technology

Most of the world does not know that many of the famous actors they see in Hollywood movies or TV productions are not Americans, but rather Canadians.Names such as Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), William Shatner (Star Trek), John Candy, Dan Akroyd, and even Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) and Lorne Greene (Battlestar Galactica, Bonanza), are all Canadians. There was even a mockumentary (Mock Documentary) in HBO in 1985 called  The Canadian Conspiracy poking fun at the fact that lots of Canadians are in the US, and are not overtly saying they are Canadians. Here is a list of famous Canadians in the entertainment business. What is more surprising is that there are names in the technology field that are also Canadians, names such as: Jim Gosling, the father of  the Java language, hails from Alberta.Rob Pike, an early member of the Bell Labs UNIX team, and co-inventor of the UTF-8 coding standard. Brian Kernighan, inventor of the AWK scripting language (that is what the K stands for). With Dennis Ritchie, he co-authored the original book on the C Programming Language, and hence the name K&R C. Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat, a Linux vendor, is from Ancaster in Hamilton, Ontario. Marc Andreesen, creator of the Mosaic web browser in 1993, and co-founder of Netscape.Tim Bray, co-inventor of XML and co-founder of Open Text, the first search engine on the internet. Peter De Jager, one of the publicists behind the Y2K crisis.Don Tapscott, an international columnist and writer in the IT field. Rasmus Lerdorf, inventor of the popular internet programming language,  PHP, is a Dane from Greenland, and his alma mater is the University of Waterloo. According to his Wikipedia biography, he is a Canadian citizen. Well, not as many as actors and performers, but still "hiding" their Canadain-ess ...More Canadian computer scientists from Wikipedia. 

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