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Ryan Reynolds, a Canadian actor, producer, writer, and businessman, was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia 3 4 5 6 7. He has been active in the film industry since the 1990s and has starred in a wide range of successful movies across various genres, including action, comedy, and romance 1 2.

Reynolds is best known for his roles in films such as “Deadpool” (2016), “Deadpool 2” (2018), “The Proposal” (2009), and “Green Lantern” (2011). He has also appeared in other notable movies like “Definitely, Maybe” (2008), “Adventureland” (2009), “Buried” (2010), and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017). Some of his recent works include “Free Guy” (2021), “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” (2019), in which he lent his voice to the titular character, and “The Adam Project” (2022).

Early Years and Rise to Fame

Ryan Reynolds grew up as the youngest of four brothers in an Irish Catholic family in Vancouver, Canada 2. He began his acting career at the tender age of 12, landing a lead role in the Canadian teen drama Hillside (later renamed Fifteen in the United States) 3 6 7. After returning to Vancouver, Reynolds appeared in several TV movies and played a recurring role in the CBC fantasy series The Odyssey (1993–94) 3 4.

In the late 1990s, Reynolds moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue his Hollywood career 3 6. He gained recognition for his role as medical student Michael ‘Berg’ Bergen in the sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998-2001) 4 5 6. During this time, he also made his feature film debut in Ordinary Magic (1993) 4 8.

Reynolds’ early film career included roles in:

  • National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002) 5
  • Blade: Trinity (2004) 5
  • Definitely, Maybe (2008) 5
  • The Proposal (2009) 1 5
  • Buried (2010) 5

He also appeared in minor roles on popular television shows such as The X-Files (1996) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) 4. Throughout his rise to fame, Reynolds continued to hone his craft, starting his own improv group called Yellow Snow 3.

The Rom-Com Era

In the early to mid-2000s, Reynolds found success in the romantic comedy genre, playing lead roles in commercially successful films such as Just Friends (2005), Definitely, Maybe (2008), and The Proposal (2009) 4. Definitely, Maybe (2008) is a romantic comedy where Reynolds plays a man recounting his past relationships to his daughter to explain his impending divorce, co-starring Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, and Elizabeth Banks 9. The Proposal (2009), another notable rom-com, features Reynolds as an assistant who pretends to be engaged to his female executive boss, played by Sandra Bullock, to help her avoid deportation 2 9.

Reynolds’ performances in these films earned him several award nominations:

  • Nominated for Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 11
  • Nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 11
  • Nominated for Favorite Comedy Star at the People’s Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 12
  • Nominated for Favorite Movie Actor at the People’s Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 12
  • Nominated for Favorite On-Screen Team at the People’s Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 12
  • Nominated for Choice Summer Movie Star at the Teen Choice Awards in 2009 for The Proposal 11
  • Nominated for Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 11
  • Nominated for Choice Movie: Chemistry at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 11
  • Nominated for Choice Movie: Liplock at the Teen Choice Awards in 2010 for The Proposal 11

Reynolds also starred in the body-switching comedy The Change-Up (2011) alongside Jason Bateman, which included romantic subplots with Olivia Wilde and Leslie Mann 10.

Venturing into Action and Superhero Films

Ryan Reynolds has ventured into various action and superhero films throughout his career 2 4. Some of his most notable roles in this genre include:

  1. Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity (2004) 151617
    • Reynolds had to gain and lose over twenty pounds for the role and underwent extensive fight training 17.
    • The final installment in the trilogy lacked the gritty action of its predecessors and suffered from tonal inconsistencies due to behind-the-scenes conflicts 18.
  2. Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Deadpool (2016), and Deadpool 2 (2018) 151618
    • Reynolds’ portrayal of Deadpool started off poorly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but found success in the subsequent standalone films 15.
    • Deadpool (2016) was highly praised for its comic accuracy, gory humor, and fourth wall-breaking, leading to critical and commercial success 18.
    • Deadpool 2 (2018) further explored Reynolds’ spicy brand of humor with an ambitious story, higher stakes, and more violent comedy 18.
    • Disney plans to continue the Deadpool franchise 15.
    • Reynolds earned $2 million as a base salary for Deadpool and millions more in bonuses 13.
  3. Hal Jordan in Green Lantern (2011) 41618
    • The film suffered from a flimsy script, overwhelming visual effects, and a reduction of the menacing villain, Parallax, to a cliché antagonist 18.
    • Despite the film’s shortcomings, Reynolds won Favorite Movie Superhero and Favorite Action Movie Star at the People’s Choice Awards in 2012 for his role 12.

Other notable action films in Reynolds’ filmography include X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), R.I.P.D. (2013), and Self/less (2015) 2. He has also been nominated for several awards for his action and superhero roles, such as Best Fight at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2010 for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy at the Teen Choice Awards in 2011 for Green Lantern 11.

Reynolds is one of the few actors to have played significant roles in both Marvel and DC films 17. He has transitioned from lighthearted and comedic roles to high-octane action roles, showcasing his versatility as an actor 18. To further his success in the action and superhero genre, Reynolds founded his own production company, Maximum Effort Productions, which has produced successful films like Deadpool and its sequel 14.

Deadpool: A Career Turning Point

Ryan Reynolds’ breakthrough role came with the 2016 film Deadpool, where he portrayed the titular character 5 6 7. The film became his biggest commercial success, along with its sequel Deadpool 2 (2018) 1 4. Reynolds spent ten years trying to get Deadpool made, an experience that taught him valuable lessons about marketing and creating content that resonates with the audience 22.

Reynolds, along with director Tim Miller and a dedicated team, created a leaked test footage in 2014 that garnered overwhelming support from fans 21. The unexpected success of the test footage became the catalyst for the eventual production of Deadpool 21. Released in 2016, Deadpool became the highest-grossing R-rated movie at that time, earning critical acclaim and shattering expectations 21. The film’s success was a validation of Reynolds’ perseverance and a triumph for fans who had waited years for a faithful adaptation 21.

Reynolds’ performance in Deadpool earned him numerous award nominations, including:

  • Best Actor in an Action Movie at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Actor in a Comedy at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2016 (won) 11
  • Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards in 2017 11
  • Best Male Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Action Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Fight at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2016 11
  • Best Actor at the Saturn Awards in 2017 11
  • Choice Movie Actor: Action at the Teen Choice Awards in 2016 11
  • Choice Movie: Hissy Fit at the Teen Choice Awards in 2016 11

The success of the Deadpool movies has significantly increased Ryan Reynolds’ popularity and marketability in the film industry 20. In 2017, he ranked 15th on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid actors, earning an estimated $21.5 million 13. Reynolds also earned $48.5 million from Netflix films like Six Underground and Red Notice, and received $20 million from Apple TV+ for the holiday film, Spirited 13. The third installment of Reynolds’ Deadpool action superhero franchise is currently in the works under Marvel Studios, with Hugh Jackman attached to reprise his role as Wolverine 23.

Beyond Acting: Business Ventures

Ryan Reynolds has ventured into various successful business endeavors beyond his acting career:

  1. Aviation American Gin:
    • Reynolds acquired an ownership stake in Aviation American Gin in 2018 and became actively involved in its promotion and marketing 14.
    • In 2020, Aviation American Gin was sold to Diageo for approximately $610 million, resulting in a significant financial gain for Reynolds 1 4 13 14.
    • Reynolds’ experience with Deadpool also led him to buy Aviation Gin, which he later sold to Diageo for over $600M 22.
  2. Mint Mobile:
    • Reynolds acquired an ownership stake in Mint Mobile, a wireless service provider, in 2019 1 3 4 13 14.
    • He is a co-owner of Mint Mobile 1 3 4.
    • Reynolds sold Mint Mobile to T-Mobile for $1.3 billion 24.
  3. Wrexham A.F.C.:
    • Reynolds is a co-owner of Welsh football club Wrexham A.F.C. 1 4.
    • Reynolds and Rob McElhenney co-own Wrexham AFC, which won the National League title in April 2023, granting them a promotion to the English Football League 26.
  4. Other Investments and Ventures:
    • Reynolds is a board member at Match Group 1 3 4 13.
    • He co-founded a production company and marketing agency, Maximum Effort, in 2018 13.
    • Reynolds became CEO of the marketing portion of the company, Maximum Effort Marketing, when it was bought by advertising software company MNTN in 2021 13.
    • Reynolds and Rob McElhenney joined a group of investors backing the Formula One racing team, Alpine, in a deal worth $218 million (200 million euro) 13.
    • Reynolds acquired a 24% stake in the Alpine F1 team for $218 million, joining other investors such as Rob McElhenney and Michael B. Jordan 26.
    • Reynolds is an investor in online Canadian wealth management service Wealthsimple 13.
    • He is an investor in Canadian password management software, 1Password, and serves as the face of the company 13 24.
    • Reynolds bought a stake in Canadian fintech company, Nuvei, in April 2023 24.
    • Nuvei operates in approximately 200 markets and partners with Binance Holdings Ltd. and DraftKings 24.
    • Nuvei acquired Paya for $1.3 billion earlier this year to strengthen its presence in the U.S. market 24.

Reynolds embodies value-added investing, using his celebrity status and personal branding to significantly amplify the business potential of startups 25. He emphasizes emotional investment in brands, creating an emotional moat that provides resilience during market fluctuations 25. Reynolds considers himself more of a storyteller than a financial expert, focusing on creating compelling narratives that resonate with people 25. His net worth is estimated to be $350 million as of 2023 1 13.

Promoting Environmental and Social Causes

Ryan Reynolds has been a dedicated environmental activist for over 25 years, driven by his deep love for trees and concern about the clear-cut era in British Columbia 27. He actively supports the Climate Reality project, which aims to combat the effects of climate change, and encourages others to join him in becoming leaders for this cause 27 28. Reynolds leads by example, driving an electric car and using solar energy in his home 28. He believes in making solar energy affordable and accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it 27.

Reynolds’ commitment to the environment is evident through his actions. He planted American Forests’ 50 millionth tree in Cedar Glen, California, celebrating the 20-year partnership between the organization and Eddie Bauer 29. As a proud father, Reynolds wants his children to experience the same quality of life he had as a child, promoting outdoor adventures and recycling 29. Humorously admitting his dedication, Reynolds stated, “I will do almost anything PG-13 with a tree” 29.

In addition to his environmental efforts, Reynolds is also involved in various social causes. Along with his wife, Blake Lively, he donated $2 million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights 30. Reynolds is participating in the 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward, an initiative by Climate Reality, a non-profit organization focused on climate and environmental justice 31. The organization’s mission includes creating a sustainable future and promoting climate justice for all 31. Reynolds is also involved with various charities, including:

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation 2
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council 2
  • Covenant House 2

Personal Life and Off-Screen Interests

Ryan Reynolds has been married twice. He was first engaged to singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette from June 2004 to February 2007 2 3. Later, he married actress Scarlett Johansson on September 27, 2008, but they divorced in 2011 2 3 5 6 7.

In 2011, Reynolds began dating his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively 2 3. The couple married on September 9, 2012 1 2 3 5 6 7. Together, they have three daughters 2 and a fourth child 1.

Some interesting facts about Reynolds’ personal life and off-screen interests:

  • He enjoys traveling and taking pictures 32.
  • Reynolds admits that he is not good at cooking 32.
  • He once had a near-death experience during a skydive 32.

Public Image and Recognition

Ryan Reynolds has garnered significant public recognition for his versatile acting skills and charismatic personality:

  • Reynolds’ ability to navigate between genres is a testament to his dedication and skill 33. His charismatic personality and genuine sense of humor have made him a social media sensation, further solidifying his status as a beloved figure both on and off the screen 33.
  • Known for being charismatic, quirky, and a quick-witted smart aleck 2 3, Reynolds has been named one of People magazine’s sexiest men alive in 2008, 2009, and 2010 2 3. He was also named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010 1 and awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017 1 11.
  • Reynolds has received numerous awards and nominations for his work:
    • Nominated for the American Cinematheque Award in 2022 11
    • Nominated for Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie at the Critics’ Choice Super Awards in 2022 for Free Guy and in 2023 for The Adam Project 11
    • Won Entertainment Weekly Entertainer of the Year Award in 2016 11
    • Nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at the Gotham Awards in 2009 for Adventureland 11
    • Nominated for Best Actor at the Goya Awards in 2010 for Buried 11
    • Won Best Comedic Performance at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in 2022 for Free Guy 11
    • Nominated for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2021 for The Croods: A New Age 11
    • Nominated for Favorite Movie Actor at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2022 for Free Guy and Red Notice, and in 2023 for The Adam Project 11
    • Won Deadpool at the People’s Choice Awards in 2017 12
    • Nominated for The Male Movie Star of 2021 and The Comedy Movie Star of 2021 at the People’s Choice Awards for Free Guy 12
    • Set to receive ‘The People’s Icon’ award at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards 12

Reynolds has also received recognition for his philanthropic efforts, including the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award 1 3. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be $350 million 1 3 4. Reynolds can next be seen in the musical comedy Spirited on AppleTV+ 12.


Ryan Reynolds has proven himself to be a versatile and talented actor, transitioning seamlessly from comedic roles to action-packed performances. His unwavering dedication to his craft, combined with his charismatic personality, has made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. Beyond his acting career, Reynolds has demonstrated a keen business acumen, investing in various successful ventures and using his celebrity status to amplify the potential of startups.

Moreover, Reynolds’ commitment to environmental and social causes showcases his desire to make a positive impact on the world. As he continues to captivate audiences with his on-screen performances and inspire others through his philanthropic efforts, Ryan Reynolds solidifies his position as a true icon in the realms of entertainment and beyond.


What is the most successful film starring Ryan Reynolds?

Ryan Reynolds, a Canadian-American actor, producer, and businessman, achieved his greatest commercial success with the films “Deadpool” (2016) and “Deadpool 2” (2018) from the 20th Century Fox X-Men series, where he starred as the titular character.

Does Ryan Reynolds have a net worth of over a billion dollars?

No, Ryan Reynolds is not a billionaire. His current net worth is estimated to be around $350 million, as reported by CelebrityNetWorth. However, Forbes has noted that the companies he has owned or sold have had combined values of approximately $14 billion.

Which movie launched Ryan Reynolds into fame?

Ryan Reynolds rose to fame with his leading role in the television sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl.” His first taste of mainstream success came in 2002 with the romantic comedy “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.”

Which Ryan Reynolds movies are considered the best?

The top movies of Ryan Reynolds, according to critical and audience acclaim, include:
Definitely, Maybe”
“The Proposal”
“Deadpool 2”
“Free Guy”
“Detective Pikachu”
“The Adam Project”


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