Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian actor and producer. He portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998–2001), Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside (1991), as well as Marvel Comics characters Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004), Wade Wilson / Weapon XI in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and the title character in Deadpool (2016) for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
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1. Ryan Rodney Reynolds was born October 23, 1976.
2. Reynolds was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
3. His father, James Chester “Jim” Reynolds (1941–2015), was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, is a retail salesperson.
4. He is of Irish ancestry and was raised as a Roman Catholic.
5. The youngest of four brothers, he graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver in 1994.
6. He attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University, also in Vancouver, until dropping out.
7. Two of his elder brothers work as police officers in British Columbia, one of whom is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police member.
8. Reynolds’ career began in 1991, when he starred as Billy Simpson in the Canadian-produced teen soap Hillside, distributed in the United States by Nickelodeon as Fifteen.
9. In 1996, he co-starred with Melissa Joan Hart in the TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
10. As an adult, Reynolds starred in the American television series Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place, playing medical student Michael “Berg” Bergen, and in the National Lampoon movie Van Wilder.
11. In 1993–94 he had a recurring role in The Odyssey as Macro.
12. He also cameoed in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle as a nurse, appeared in The In-Laws with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, as well as in the Canadian production Foolproof.
13. In 2005, he played a waiter named Monty in Waiting…, and as music executive Chris Brander in the romantic comedy Just Friends alongside Amy Smart and Anna Faris. Reynolds played the protagonist in the 2008 film Definitely, Maybe.
14. He has also appeared in the second season finale of the television series Scrubs.
15. In 2007, Reynolds guest-starred as Brendan’s friend Hams in the episode “Douchebag in the City” of the TBS sitcom My Boys. In 2009, he portrayed Andrew Paxton, starring opposite Sandra Bullock, in The Proposal, and Mike Connell in Adventureland.
16. Although he has performed primarily in comedies, Reynolds underwent intense physical training to play an action role as the character of Hannibal King in the 2004 film Blade: Trinity.
17. Reynolds played George Lutz in the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film The Amityville Horror.
18. Additionally, he played an FBI agent alongside Ray Liotta in the 2006 crime action film Smokin’ Aces.
19. In a March 2005 interview, Reynolds spoke of his interest and involvement in a possible film adaptation of Deadpool with screenwriter David S. Goyer, as well as the possibility of playing the incarnation of The Flash known as Wally West in an adaption of the popular DC Comics character in an upcoming movie project.
20. Reynolds portrayed Wade Wilson / Weapon XI in a supporting role in the prequel X-Men film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), a role that he would later reprise in a spin-off feature film based on the character released in 2016.
21. In 2010, Reynolds starred in the Spanish and American thriller Buried, which screened at the Sundance film festival.
22. In June 2010, Reynolds was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
23. Reynolds portrayed the Hal Jordan version of superhero Green Lantern in Warner Bros.’ film Green Lantern, released on June 17, 2011 in 3D.
24. Though the film didn’t fare well both financially and critically, this role made him one of the few actors to headline in films based on both Marvel and DC characters.
25. In 2011 he co-starred in the comedy, The Change-Up, as well as being the narrator for documentary film, The Whale. In 2012, he portrayed an agent in Safe House, alongside Denzel Washington.
26. He then had starring roles in two Dreamworks Animation feature films; The Croods and Turbo, both released in 2013.
27. His next role was in portraying Nick Walker in the Universal Pictures film adaptation of Dark Horse Comics’ R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department), which was released in 2013.
28. Reynolds went on to star in low-budget films, The Voices (2014), The Captive (2014), and Mississippi Grind (2015), before having a supporting role in the financially successful biographical film, Woman in Gold (2015).
29. Reynolds returned the thriller genre, with Self/Less (2015) where he played a dual-role (something he had done before in his career).
30. In 2016, Reynolds found critical and commercial success with Deadpool, a movie that had been in development as early as 2000. After portraying Wade Wilson / Weapon XI, without the name Deadpool, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he became heavily involved in the development of a Deadpool film.
31. Deadpool featured a reboot of the character, ignoring the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and establishing a new backstory for the character that was closer to the Marvel Comics source material.
32. The film takes place within the larger X-Men film universe, being made possible by the reset timeline in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
33. The film made several box-office records, including: A worldwide opening of $264.9 million from 62 markets, which is the biggest of 2016, the biggest for an R-rated film, and the second biggest for Fox, only behind Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($303.9 million).
34. It also recorded the biggest IMAX 2D worldwide opening of all time with $27.4 million from 606 IMAX theatres, eclipsing The Dark Knight Rises ($23.8 million).
35. The movie’s financial and critical success led the studio to move forward with a sequel. Also that year, Reynolds had a supporting role in the Ariel Vromen-directed thriller Criminal.
36. His next project, a science fiction-thriller titled, Life will be released in 2017. The film will reunite him with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa, and is set to co-star Rebecca Ferguson.
37. In 2002, Reynolds began dating Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. They announced their engagement in June 2004.
38. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced they had mutually decided to end their engagement.
39. Morissette said her album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the break-up. The song “Torch” was written about Reynolds.
40, Soon after the end of his relationship with Morissette in 2007, Reynolds began dating American actress Scarlett Johansson.
41. The couple announced their engagement in May 2008, and married on September 27, 2008, in a quiet ceremony near Tofino, British Columbia.
42. On December 14, 2010, Reynolds and Johansson announced that they had separated.
43. Reynolds filed for divorce in Los Angeles on December 23, 2010, Johansson filed her response simultaneously. The divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011.
44. Reynolds first met his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively while filming in early 2010.
45. In October 2011, Hollyscoop reported they were dating. In June 2012, Reynolds and Lively purchased a home in Bedford, New York.
46. The couple married on September 9, 2012, at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
47. They have one daughter, James born in December 2014.
48. In April 2016, it was reported that he and Lively were expecting their second child. On September 30, 2016, it was reported he and Lively had welcomed their second child, a daughter.
49. Reynolds is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.
50. He is committed to the characters that he plays. For his role as Hannibal King in “Blade: Trinity,” Reynolds gained 25 pounds. According to Men’s Fitness his three-month-long workout was six days a week and consisted of a 3,200-calorie daily diet.
51. He loves traveling, scuba diving, fishing, and swimming.
52. For his film “Buried,” Reynolds said that he suffered from claustrophobia towards the end of filming, similar to his character who is trapped in a coffin. The coffin he shot in was gradually filled with more sand as filming went on. He described the last day of shooting as “unlike anything I experienced in my life, and I never ever want to experience that again.”