Born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, Canada, Ryan Reynolds started out in television, and has since become one of the most popular movie actors working today. His first major breakthrough came from the 2002 comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder. Since then, Reynolds has proved to be adept at all kinds of films, from the comic-book action flick The Green Lantern (2011) to the serious drama Buried (2010). He also drew the media's attention for his high profile relationship with wife Blake Lively.
Early Life and Career
Actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, Canada. The youngest of four boys, Reynolds "was a really nervous kid," he told GQ magazine. "I was extremely sensitive ... I was so aware of everything around me." He found sanctuary in school productions where his vulnerability could be an asset rather than a problem. At the age of 12, Reynolds landed his first professional acting job. He was cast in a Canadian teen drama first called Hillside and later renamed Fifteen when it aired in the United States. The show ran from 1991 to 1993.
After Fifteen, Reynolds struggled to get his career off the ground. He was cast in a few small roles, including a guest spot on The X-Files. Still Reynolds needed to take odd jobs to make ends meet after completing high school. For a time, he worked a late-night shift at a supermarket.
Traveling with a friend, Reynolds moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s. He got his first major television job in 1998, playing a medical student on the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (later renamed Two Guys and a Girl). After the show finished in 2001, Reynolds soon made the leap to feature films. He starred in the comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002) as a perennial, fun-loving college student. While the film did poorly at the box office, it eventually became a cult classic.
For several years, Reynolds appeared in a string of lackluster films—both critically and commercially. He played a vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity (2004) opposite Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel and starred in the 2005 remake The Amityville Horror. While his movies may not have been wowing audiences, Reynolds enjoyed great popularity nonetheless. He was featured in People magazine's "Sexiest People" issue in 2007, earning the title "Sexiest Renaissance Man" from the publication.
In 2009, Reynolds's film career took off. He played the mercenary Deadpool in the box office hit X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman. Teamed with Sandra Bullock, Reynolds showed his comedic talents in The Proposal. He continued to thrive professionally, expanding his range with the independent drama Buried in 2010. In the film, Reynolds played an American working in Iraq who gets kidnapped and buried alive.
Reynolds made a triumphant return to the big screen in 2011. Taking on a comic book hero, he starred in The Green Lantern with Blake Lively. Reynolds then showed off his comedic talents in The Change-Up with Jason Bateman and then took on a dramatic role as an agent in Safe House (2012), starring opposite Denzel Washington. Not one to slow down, he has also lent his voice to animated movies, The Croods and Turbo, both released in 2013, and appeared in indie films like The Voices (2014), The Captive (2014), and Mississippi Grind (2015). He took on a supporting role in the biopic Woman in Gold (2015) and starred in the thriller Self/Less. The year 2016 turned out to be even better for Reynolds when his labor of love, Deadpool, finally came to be after being in development for 16 years. As the star of the superhero flick, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
In December 2016 Reynolds was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reynolds has garnered a lot of attention for his personal life. He dated singer Alanis Morissette for several years. The pair got engaged in 2004, but they broke up in 2007. That same year, Reynolds became involved with actress Scarlett Johansson. The couple wed in a small ceremony in 2008.
Reynolds experienced some personal heartbreak when he and Johansson announced in December 2010 that they were separating. "After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we've decided to end our marriage," the couple said in a joint statement. "We entered our relationship with love and it's with love and kindness we leave it."
The talented actor found love again with Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively. The couple wed on September 9, 2012, near Charleston, South Carolina, after dating for less than a year. Reynolds and Lively welcomed their first child, a daughter they named James, in December 2014. On September 30, 2016 the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter they named Ines.
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