List of Famous people born in Manitoba, Canada

Kenny Omega

Tyson Smith
First Name Kenny
Last Name Omega
Born on October 16, 1983 (age 40)
Born in Canada, Manitoba
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Tyson Smith, better known by the ring name Kenny Omega, is a Canadian-born professional wrestler. Omega is an executive vice president of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), in which he also performs; he is the current AEW World Champion in his first reign, as well as a former AEW World Tag Team Champion. He also performs in Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, where he is the current AAA Mega Champion in his first reign.

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Nia Vardalos

First Name Nia
Born on September 24, 1962 (age 61)
Born in Canada, Manitoba
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian actress, screenwriter, director, and producer. She had her first major success with her 2002 film which she wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

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Jennifer Jones

First Name Jennifer
Born on July 7, 1974 (age 49)
Born in Canada, Manitoba
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Jennifer Judith Jones OM is a Canadian curler. She was the Olympic champion in curling as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Sochi Games. Jones is the first female skip to go through the Games undefeated. The only male skip to achieve this was fellow Canadian Kevin Martin in 2010. Jones and her squad were the first Manitoba based curling team to win an Olympic gold medal. They won the 2008 World Women's Curling Championship, and were the last Canadian women's team to do so until Rachel Homan in 2017. She won a second world championship in 2018.

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Terry Fox

Terrance Stanley Fox
First Name Terry
Last Name Fox
Born on July 28, 1958
Died on June 28, 1981 (aged 22)
Born in Canada, Manitoba

Terrance Stanley Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated due to cancer, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$750 million has been raised in his name as of January 2018.

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Anna Paquin

Anna Hélène Paquin
First Name Anna
Last Name Paquin
Born on July 24, 1982 (age 41)
Born in Canada, Manitoba
Height 164 cm | 5'5

Anna Hélène Paquin is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Los Angeles, California, US, during her youth. She completed a year at Columbia University, before leaving to focus on her acting career. As a child, she played the role of Flora McGrath in Jane Campion's romantic drama film The Piano (1993), despite having had little acting experience. For her performance, she garnered critical acclaim and received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11, making her the second-youngest winner in Oscar history, after Tatum O'Neal.

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Bill Werbeniuk

First Name Bill
Last Name Werbeniuk
Born on January 14, 1947
Died on January 20, 2003 (aged 56)
Born in Canada, Manitoba

William Alexander Werbeniuk was a Canadian professional snooker and pool player. Recognisable for his girth, he was nicknamed "Big Bill". Werbeniuk was a four-time World Championship quarter-finalist and also a UK Championship semi-finalist, reaching a career high world ranking of #8 for the 1983–84 season.

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David Reimer

Bruce Peter Reimer
First Name David
Last Name Reimer
Born on August 22, 1965
Died on May 4, 2004 (aged 38)
Born in Canada, Manitoba

David Reimer was a Canadian man born male but reassigned female and raised as a girl following medical advice and intervention after his penis was severely injured during a botched circumcision in infancy.

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Monty Hall

First Name Monty
Last Name Hall
Born on August 25, 1921
Died on September 30, 2017 (aged 96)
Born in Canada, Manitoba

Monty Hall was a Canadian-American game show host, producer, and philanthropist.

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Alec Holowka

First Name Alec
Born on October 30, 1983
Died on August 31, 2019 (aged 35)
Born in Canada, Manitoba

Alec Holowka was a Canadian indie game developer and co-founder of independent game companies Infinite Ammo, Infinite Fall, and Bit Blot. He was known for collaborating with Derek Yu to create Aquaria and freeware game I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator and with Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry to create Night in the Woods.

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Daniel Gillies

First Name Daniel
Last Name Gillies
Born on March 14, 1976 (age 48)
Born in Canada, Manitoba
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Daniel Gillies is a Canadian-born New Zealander actor, film producer, director and screenwriter. He played the role of Elijah Mikaelson on the television series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals, as well as Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope, a medical-themed show with a mystical, paranormal twist. He wrote and directed the 2012 film, Broken Kingdom.

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