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Ryan Reynolds
Also known as:Ryan Rodney Reynolds
Occupation:Actor • Executive Producer • Voice Cast • Producer • Writer
Born:October 23, 1976
Birthplace:British Columbia, Canada
Spouse:Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson
Ryan Rodney Reynolds, popularly known as Ryan Reynolds, is a Canadian actor. He first rose to prominence through his portrayal of Michael Bergen in the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998-2001), Reynolds made his mark in Hollywood in the early 2000’s through films like National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004), Definitely, Maybe (2008), The Proposal (2009) and Buried (2010). In 2016, Reynolds portrayed the titular character in the Marvel superhero film Deadpool, which opened to near-universal critical acclaim and went on to become the highest-grossing X-Men film of all time. For his performance in the film, Reynolds was nominated for a Golden Globes Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy that year.

Early Life
Reynolds was born in Vancouver, Canada to James Chester Reynolds and Tammy Reynolds. His father was a food wholesaler, while his mother worked in a retail store. The youngest of their four children, Reynolds attended the Kitsilano Secondary School and subsequently joined the Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. However, he soon dropped out in a bid to pursue a career in acting.

Personal Life
Between 2002 and 2007, Reynolds was in a relationship with Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. Shortly afterwards, he started dating actress Scarlett Johansson, and they got married in 2008. The marriage was short-lived, and the couple filed for a divorce in 2010.

Reynolds started dating his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively in 2011, and they got married in 2012. The couple have two children together.

Movie Career
Reynolds made his film debut at the age of 17, with the Canadian film Ordinary Magic (1993). Throughout the initial phase of his career, the actor appeared in several films that turned out to be critically panned box office duds. His starring role in the television sitcom Two Guys and a Girl changed the course of Reynolds’ career, and in 2002, he tasted mainstream success for the first time with the romantic comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder. Subsequently, Reynolds appeared in the heist film Foolproof (2003), the superhero film Blade: Trinity (2004) and the horror thriller The Amityville Horror (2005), - all of which enjoyed moderate success at the box office.

In 2006, Reynolds starred alongside Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia and Jason Bateman in the action thriller Smokin’ Aces’ which did well at the box office despite the mixed critical reception. The 2008 romantic-comedy drama Definitely, Maybe had the actor essaying the role of a man caught between an impending divorce and an 11-year old daughter who is determined to find out about her dad’s past relationships. The film was well-received by the critics and the audience alike, and currently holds a 71% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Reynolds was cast as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 - a role he had been interested in playing for a long time. While the actor received praise for his portrayal, the film received criticism for the characterisation of Deadpool, which strayed from the original comic book version. The film was a box office success despite the mixed reviews. Reynolds then starred alongside Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy The Proposal (2009), which went on to become one of the biggest hits of his career. The movie grossed over $300 million at the box office, and emerged as the highest grossing romantic comedy of 2009. In the same year, he was cast alongside Jeff Daniels andEmma Stone in the comedy-drama Paper Man, which told the story of a failed novelist’s unlikely friendship with a teenager.

The thriller film Buried (2010) had the actor playing a civilian truck driver in Iraq who finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin following a terrorist attack. The film was met with positive reviews upon its release, and Reynolds’ performance received praise from all quarters. He was also nominated for a Saturn Award and won a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for his role in Buried. In 2011, Reynolds was cast in the titular role in the superhero film Green Lantern. Despite the hype, the film was met with lukewarm critical and commercial reception, which led to the cancellation of any plans for a sequel. The fantasy comedy The Change-Up, which came out in the same year, also didn’t turn out to be a favourite with the critics despite enjoying moderate box office success.

The 2012 spy-action thriller Safe House saw Reynolds playing a CIA agent on the run from mercenaries along with the fugitive (played by Denzel Washington) in his charge. The film was met with mixed to positive reviews and raked over $200 million at the box office. This was followed by the fantasy action-comedy R.I.P.D. (2013), which failed to impress despite featuring a star-studded cast that included Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon. Subsequently, the actor appeared in the black comedy The Voices (2014), the road movie Mississippi Grind (2015) and the historical drama The Woman in Gold (2015) - all of which garnered positive reviews and reaffirmed Reynolds’ versatility as an actor.

In 2016, Reynolds returned to the superhero genre with Deadpool. While the actor’s portrayal of the “Merc with a Mouth” earned him a Golden Globes nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, the film smashed numerous box office records and received much critical acclaim, redefining the genre in the process. Deadpool went on to gross over $780 million at the box office, and won two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and two People’s Choice Awards, including one (for Favourite Movie Actor) for Reynolds. In 2017, Reynolds appeared alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in the sci-fi horror film Life, which opened to positive reviews. The action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard and the sequel to Deadpool are some of the actor’s projects in 2017.

Television Career
Reynolds made his television debut with a main role in the Canadian teen-drama Hillside (known as Fifteen in the United States) (1991-’93). Throughout the early 90’s he continued to appear in several television films and shows like The Odyssey, The Marshal and The X-Files. The actor’s breakout role came in 1998, when he starred alongside Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl.

Since his rise to stardom, Reynolds has hosted an episode in the 35th season of Saturday Night Live and in series 18 of the popular British show Top Gear.

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Did You Know? (12)

  • Ryan Reynolds confirms that he was in talks with John Krasinski for a few years for IF (2024).
  • Ryan Reynolds` quirky promotional strategy for Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019) was a tweet that apparently `leaked` the entire film online. The link led to YouTube, where the viewers were treated to a 102-minute video of Pikachu dancing!
  • Ryan Reynolds is one of the few actors to portray both DC and Marvel superheroes.
  • After Ryan Reynolds read the Marvel comics that featured Deadpool, he fell in love with the character and wanted to make a movie about him. However, when he pitched the script to Fox, they refused to make the movie until a test footage of the film got leaked online. A huge swell of online support for the film finally forced the studio to make it.
  • Ryan Reynolds continued to add new dialogues and jokes to Deadpool 2 even when it was in post-production. With the help of cutting maneuvers in editing, he changed lines and jokes right until picture lock.
  • Ryan Reynolds was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.
  • Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds are both Canadian.
  • Chris Pine was reportedly the first choice to play the title role in Green Lantern in 2011, however, the role finally ended up going to Ryan Reynolds.
  • Ryan Reynolds was involved in a hit-and-run incident between filming of a Deadpool (2016) in Canada on April 12, 2015. His car was struck by a paparazzi's car but escaped with minor injuries.
  • Even though he is loved as an actor now, Ryan Reynolds failed in drama class in high school.
  • Ryan Reynolds gained 25 pounds of muscle for his role as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Ryan Reynolds wrote the character Firefist in Deadpool 2 specifically for the child actor Julian Dennison, after he saw him in Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
  • Personal Quotes (5)

  • "“Acting has given me a way to channel my angst. I feel like an overweight, pimply faced kid a lot of the time - and finding a way to access that insecurity, and put it toward something creative is incredibly rewarding. I feel very lucky.”"
  • "“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”"
  • "“I'm not a hockey fan, which is probably why I had to leave Canada in the first place.”"
  • "“As an actor, you're always kind of cognizant that you'll never work again. You always have this lizard-brain fear, always, just under the surface, that this is it. Because you see it.” "
  • "“I've been fortunate enough to have a 23-year career so far. I've watched people come and go and vanish. I've watched really talented people never get that invaluable foothold into the industry. So you're always walking that tightrope of being very grateful that you're in this position.”"
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