Canada's Walk of Fame: Biographical sketches of 2007 inductees
Published Thursday, May 10, 2007 10:52AM EDT
The eight Canadians who made the 2007 list -- Nickelback, Jill Hennessey, Catherine O'Hara, Johnny Bower, Rick Hansen, Gordon Pinsent, Ivan Reitman and CTV's Lloyd Robertson -- will be honoured at a gala event hosted by comedian Eugene Levy, to air in June on CTV. Here are the full bios:
With over 21 million records sold worldwide, Nickelback shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Over the past year and a half, the band has been recognized with a plethora of awards and nominations including the accolade of most played artist on radio in 2006. In November of 2006, Nickelback was named the World's Best Rock Band at the World Music Awards and the band won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Billboard Touring Awards.
Hometown: Hanna, Alta.
Hennessy began her acting career in Toronto appearing in the feature film "Dead Ringers." She has numerous big screen credits but audiences first came to love Hennessy in her role as Claire Kincaid in the Emmy-winning NBC drama Series "Law & Order." Hennessy currently stars in her seventh season of "Crossing Jordan, " and won a "Gracie Allen Award" for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series in 2007.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
After getting into acting, writing, improvising and directing at Toronto's Second City Theatre, O'Hara helped found SCTV. This led to numerous film roles including "Heartburn," "Beetlejuice" and the first two "Home Alone" movies. She has been a member of the ensemble casts of Christopher Guest's "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show, "A Mighty Wind" and most recently, "For Your Consideration."
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Widely regarded as the dean of Canadian news, Lloyd Robertson is one of North America's most accomplished and trusted journalists. Over the past 50 years, Robertson has led Canadians through the major events that have defined the nation. As chief anchor and senior editor for CTV News, Robertson is the leader of the country's most-watched newscast. Throughout his career, Robertson has guided Canadians through such historic events as: the Quebec referendum, Canadian and U.S. elections, 9/11, state funerals, Papal visits and the Terry Fox Run. During his illustrious career Robertson has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting. He also received the Order of Canada in 1998.
Hometown: Stratford, Ont.
Bower grew up in rural Saskatchewan, the only boy of nine children. After playing 14 years in the minors, Bower got his big break in 1958 when he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. He led the Leafs into the playoffs in his first season, won 3 consecutive Stanley Cup Championships (1962-1964) and helped the Leafs take the Cup again in 1967.
Hometown: Prince Albert, Sask.
Hansen began his legendary Man in Motion World Tour in 1985. Spanning 40,000 km through 34 countries, the journey took more than two years to complete and raised over $26 million for spinal cord injury research. Hansen was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1987 and as president and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, he has helped generate more than $178 million for spinal cord injury related programs.
Hometown: Williams Lake, B.C.
Born in Newfoundland, Pinsent began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre. From there, he quickly made his way to the Stratford Festival and onto to television and feature films where he created some of Canada's most memorable characters. A forty-year veteran of theatre, film, television and radio as an actor, playwright, author and director, Pinsent is a legend in the industry.
Hometown: Grand Falls, Nfld.
Director/Producer Ivan Reitman has been the creative force behind films beloved by audiences around the world. This includes everything from raucous comedies like "Animal House," "Stripes" and "Ghostbusters," to more sophisticated delights like "Dave," "6 Days/7 Nights," and "Twins." He currently heads The Montecito Picture Company, a film and television production company in association with DreamWorks, SKG.
Hometown: Komarno, Czechoslovakia
Canada's Walk of Fame was created in 1998 to recognize the achievements of Canadians who have excelled on the national or international stage in the areas of the arts, entertainment and sports.
Inductees are immortalized with their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto's entertainment district. To date, 101 Canadians have been honoured with stars on the Walk of Fame.
Former inductees include Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey, Wayne Gretzky and Neil Young.
Reitman was originally named to the Walk of Fame in 2001 but was unable to attend the ceremony.