Toronto Notable People and Famous Faces

There are many Toronto notable people and famous faces that have engraved their names in different industries. Here are the top 10 picks of the most popular people from Toronto.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Before he was Ted Theodor Logan or Neo, Keanu Reeves lived in Sydney and Beirut, New York before his family lived in Toronto. In 5 years, he attended four high schools in Toronto, including Etobicoke School for the Arts and De La Salle College.

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A bona fide international hip-hop superstar, Drake or Aubrey Graham lived on the Weston Road, and when he was in Forest Hill, he went to Forest Collegiate and the Vaughan Road Academy. He also loved Dutch Dreams peanut butter chocolate ice cream to the point that the shop later decided to rename this flavor after Drake.

Kiefer Sutherland

A veteran actor, Kiefer Sutherland is famous for his starring turn in the movie 24. His family moved to Toronto when he was 9 from California where he attended 9 elementary and high schools during his youth.

Jim Carrey

The famous comedian grew up around and inside the Greater Toronto Area, with stints in North York and Scarborough, and joined the Toronto comedy scene during the late 70s. Carrey then relocated to LA when he was 21 years old, but he is still a fan of Leafs.

Margaret Atwood

Atwood, undoubtedly the greatest contribution of Toronto to the literary field, and also the first ever contributor to Future Library, grew up between the city, Quebec, and Ottawa before they settled in Toronto during his high school years. She lived in Annex since mid 80s.

Christopher Plummer

For sure, you are familiar with Christopher Plummer as Captain von Trapp yet the career of the famous Canadian actor became strong through the years. In 2011, he was also the oldest actor that ever bagged the Academy Award. Plummer was also born in Toronto, although most of his childhood was spent growing up in Quebec.

Lorne Michaels

It is not a big surprise that most SCTV stars are part of the Saturday Night Live. Although this show quintessentially boasts of New York content, Michaels, the showrunner, was born and raised in Toronto. He studied English at the University of Toronto and attended FHCI.


When he is not busy touring the word, DJ also known as Joel Zimmerman resides in downtown Toronto, with his luxury cars seen around the city every now and then.

Frank Gehry

One of the greatest architects of the world, Gehry was born in 1929 in Toronto, and the hardware store of his grandfather in Queen West served as his stepping stone for his interests in architecture and construction. He then moved to California as a young man, residing there up to this day. However, he also gives back to his hometown through Mirvish’s upcoming development and the AGO.

These are only some of Toronto notable people and famous faces that continue to carry their Canadian blood high and proud.

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