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Canadian-American actor Ryan Reynolds is mainly known for his comedic performances, particularly as the star of the superhero blockbuster franchise ‘Deadpool.’

The Deadpool actor has reached the height of superstardom and continues to shine in every project he touches. His evolution has been one inspiring admiration from fans around the world.

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Early Life

Actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, Canada to James Chester Reynolds and Tamara Lee.

He has three older brothers and is the youngest one. His father is a food wholesaler and his mother a retail wholesaler.

He attended Kitsilano Secondary School from where he graduated in 1994. He later attended and dropped out from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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.



Ryan Reynolds started out in television before becoming a big-screen success in Hollywood.

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Reynolds’ career began at the age of 12, when he starred as Billy Simpson in the Canadian-produced teen soap opera Hillside, distributed in the United States by Nickelodeon as Fifteen.

In 1996, he had a supporting role as Jay “Boom” DeBoom in “Syzygy”, the thirteenth episode of the third season of The X-Files, and co-starred with Melissa Joan Hart in the TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

He played a vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity (2004) opposite Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel and starred in the 2005 remake The Amityville Horror

His status as a Hollywood star firmly established, Reynolds starred or co-starred in the comedies Waiting (2005), Just Friends (2005), Adventureland (2009), and The Change-Up (2011).

While thriving in the action films, Reynolds showed his comedic talents in The Proposal where he teamed up with Sandra Bullock. 

Taking on a comic book hero, he starred in The Green Lantern with Blake Lively in 2011.

Reynolds also lent his voice to the family films The Croods (2013), Turbo (2013), and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

Exhibiting his skill for self-mockery, he played himself in an episode of Seth MacFarlane’s series Family Guy (2011) and made memorable cameo appearances in MacFarlane’s feature comedies Ted (2012) and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).

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His star performance in Deadpool earned him global recognition and a bucket load of money too. The offbeat superhero film became the highest-grossing R-rated feature of all time and led to a Golden Globe nomination for its star. Deadpool 2 enjoyed similar success after hitting theatres in May 2018, grossing nearly $800 million at the global box office.

He was featured in People magazine’s “Sexiest People” issue in 2007, earning the title “Sexiest Renaissance Man” from the publication.

Reynolds was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017 after being inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2014.


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.

He was married to actress Scarlett Johansson from 2008 to 2011.

Raynolds met Blake Lively on the set of The Green Lantern. The high profile pair tied the knot in 2012 near Charleston, South Carolina. They have three children together.


Net Worth

As of April 2020, the Green Lantern and Deadpool star has an approximate net worth of $100 million. 

After the success of the Deadpool franchise, the first one grossing more than $783 million at the box office, Ryan is in the category of actors who can earn $20 million upfront to star in a movie.

For the Michael Bay movie “Six Underground” he was paid $27 million upfront. Reynolds makes money off more than his acting, however, and recently acquired a stake in Aviation American Gin.

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