Joshua Jackson, Sarah Chalke

Before you fire up the grill for your own July Fourth festivities, let's not forget our neighbors to the north celebrating Canada Day on Wednesday. In honor of this momentous occasion, go kill a moose, crack open a Molson, save a horse, ride a Mountie check out our list of a few of our favorite TV actors, all of whom have ties to the Great White North.

Sarah Chalke
Born:
Ottawa, Ontario
Show: Scrubs
What We Like Aboot Her:
As Scrubs' Dr. Elliot Reid, Chalke combines neurosis and shamelessness into a heady brew, eh? She has also used her famous comic timing in stints as Becky No. 2 on Roseanne, as the maybe-mom on How I Met Your Mother and as a judgmental Catholic schoolgirl in Funny or Die's Prop. 8: The Musical.

Enrico Colantoni
Born:
Toronto, Ontario
Show: Flashpoint
What We Like Aboot Him:
He made us shoot Moosehead from our noses as an uneasy alien in Galaxy Quest. We miss Veronica Mars more than snowshoeing in April, but Colantoni — aka Sheriff Mars — is doing a bang-bang-up job in the ratings as Sgt. Gregory Parker, the head of Flashpoint's team of elite snipers. (Bonus points: The show is co-financed by Canadians!)

Michael J. Fox
Born:
Edmonton, Alberta
Show: Rescue Me
What We Like Aboot Him:
He was the uber-conservative Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties and the squeaky-clean Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy. But fans have seen a different side of Fox on Rescue Me where he plays a surly alcoholic who may use a wheelchair, but isn't entirely paralyzed from the waist down — if uknowhutimsayin... (Bonus Canadian points: His real middle initial is A (pronounced "eh"). Get it? Michael, A Fox -- this was years before Vivica.)

Joshua Jackson
Born:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Show: Fringe
What We Like Aboot Him:
Jackson made teenage girls (and, ultimately, Joey Potter) swoon as smart-alecky Pacey on Dawson's Creek, but real fans will remember him as Charlie Conway, a hockey star in Disney's The Mighty Ducks.

Evangeline Lilly
Born:
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Show: Lost
What We Like Aboot Her:
Prior to Lilly's breakout role channeling her inner Mountie on Lost, the actress only starring role was in a commercial for a singles hotline (18+ only). 

Howie Mandel
Born: Toronto, Ontario
Show: Howie Do It and Deal or No Deal
What We Like Aboot Him: The stand-up comedian got his big break as an unorthodox doc on St. Elsewhere, but he soon cornered the kiddie market with his animated alter ego in Bobby's World. Nowadays, we can find the germaphobic Canadian giving congratulatory fist-bumps to his Deal contestants in lieu of filthy handshakes.

Alanis Morissette
Born:
Ottawa, Ontario
Show: Weeds
What We Like Aboot Her: Isn't it ironic? Morissette rose to fame for hard-edged rock songs like "You Oughta Know," but Mary-Louise Parker, her Weeds co-star, says there's a disconnect. In person, this polite Canadian has "flat shoes and her hair looks really clean." It's no wonder that her video parody of the Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps" sounds more like an aria than a raunchy ode to the female posterior.

Anna Paquin
Born:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Show: True Blood
What We Like Aboot Her:
Though she's thought of as a New Zealander, Paquin is actually Canadian-born. At 11, she won an Oscar for her role in The Piano, and gave a refreshingly touching acceptance speech. As the mutant Rogue in the X-Men movie franchise, there was no touching allowed. Most recently, Paquin can be seen doing a lot more than just touching her vampire boyfriend Bill (Stephen Moyer) on Alan Ball's True Blood.

Gloria Reuben
Born:
Toronto, Ontario
Show: Raising the Bar
What We Like Aboot Her:
A product of the Canadian Royal Conservatory, Reuben is best known for playing Jeanie Boulet, a nurse living with HIV, on ER, and most recently as public defender Roz on TNT's new legal drama Raising the Bar. After ER, Reuben took a sabbatical from acting to hit the road as a backup singer for Tina Turner. Celine would be proud.

Cobie Smulders
Born:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Show: How I Met Your Mother
What We Like Aboot Her:
Smulders is not just a real Canadian, she also plays one on TV. How I Met Your Mother's Robin Scherbatsky is fiercely proud of her Canadian upbringing — except that part about being a teen-pop sensation known as Robin Sparkles: