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Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian television and film actor best known for his roles in the comedy films National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Waiting..., Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe and The Proposal and as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Early life

Reynolds was born in Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker, Canada, to James (a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who later became a food wholesaler) and Tammy Reynolds (a retail salesperson). The youngest of four brothers, Reynolds graduated from Kitsilano Secondary Schoolmarker, located in Vancouver, in 1994. He then attended Kwantlen College in Vancouver until dropping out.

Reynolds held several jobs at places such as yacht clubs, nightclubs, and grocery stores, and created an improv comedy group in Vancouver called Yellow Snow when he was a child.


Reynolds in 2007
Reynolds's career began in 1990 when he starred as Billy in the Canadian-produced teen soap Hillside, distributed in the United States by Nickelodeon as Fifteen. As an adult, Reynolds starred in the National Lampoon movie Van Wilder and the American television series Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place, playing medical student Michael "Berg" Bergen. 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 the Canadian production Foolproof. 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. Ryan played the protagonist of the 2008 film Definitely, Maybe. He has also appeared in the second season finale of the television series Scrubs, where he played Spence, a college friend of J.D. and Turk. 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 the character of Andrew Paxton, starring opposite Sandra Bullock in the highly successful romantic comedy The Proposal.

Although he has performed primarily in comedies, Reynolds played the dark character George Lutz in the remake of the horror movie The Amityville Horror. Reynolds underwent intense physical training to play an action role as the character of Hannibal King in the film Blade: Trinity, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel. He has also played as an FBI agent alongside Ray Liotta in the crime action movie Smokin' Aces.

In a March 2005 interview, Reynolds spoke of his interest and involvement in a possible film adaptation of Deadpool with screenwriter David S. Goyer and also the possibility of playing the incarnation of The Flash known as Wally West in an adaption of the popular DC Comics character in the upcoming movie project. Reynolds portrayed Deadpool in the X-Men spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine and will portray him again in a recently announced spin-off called Deadpool. Reynolds will portray superhero Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) in Warner Brothers' upcoming film Green Lantern, making him one of the few actors to headline movies based on both Marvel and DC characters.

Personal life

In 2002, Reynolds began dating Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. They announced their engagement in June 2004. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced that they had mutually decided to end their engagement.

Soon after the end of his relationship with Morissette, Reynolds began dating actress Scarlett Johansson and the couple announced their engagement on May 5, 2008. They married on September 27, 2008, in a ceremony near Tofino, British Columbiamarker.

In October 2008, Reynolds wrote for The Huffington Post regarding his plan to run the New York City Marathon for his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.



Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Ordinary Magic Ganesh/Jeffrey
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Andy Made for television movie
1996 When Friendship Kills Ben Colson Made for television movie
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Seth
In Cold Blood Bobby Rupp Made for television movie
1997 The Alarmist Howard Ancona
1998 Tourist Trap Wade Early
1999 Coming Soon Henry Lipschitz
Dick Chip
2000 Teen Monster Carl
2001 Finder's Fee Quigley
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Van Wilder
Buying the Cow Mike Hanson
2003 The In-Laws Mark Tobias
Foolproof Kevin
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Male nurse Cameo appearance
Blade: Trinity Hannibal King
2005 School of Life Michael "Mr. D" D'Angelo
The Amityville Horror George Lutz
Waiting... Monty
Just Friends Chris Brander
2007 Smokin' Aces Richard Messner
The Nines Gary/Gavin/Gabriel
Chaos Theory Frank Allen
2008 Definitely, Maybe Will Hayes
Fireflies in the Garden Michael Taylor
2009 Adventureland Mike Connell
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Wade Wilson / Deadpool Shared role with Scott Adkins
The Proposal Andrew Paxton
Paper Man Captain Excellent
2011 Green Lantern Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
Deadpool Wade Wilson / Deadpool
TBD Buried Paul Conroy


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Fifteen Billy Simpson
1993–1994 The Odyssey Macro Recurring 14 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Derek Tillman Season 1, Episode 20: "If These Walls Could Talk"
1996 The X-Files Jay "Boom" DeBoom Season 3, Episode 13: "Syzygy"
The John Larroquette Show Tony Hemingway Season 4, Episode 7: "Napping to Success"
1997 The Outer Limits Paul Nodel Season 3, Episode 12: "Double Helix"
1998 Season 4, Episode 23: "The Origin of Species"
1998–2001 Two Guys and a Girl Michael "Berg" Bergen Main Role 81 episodes
2003 Scrubs Spence Season 2, Episode 22: "My Dream Job"
2007 My Boys Hams Season 1, Episode 19: Douchebag in the City
2009 Saturday Night Live Host Season 35, Episode 660

Awards and nominations

Teen Choice Awards
  • 2005: Won, "Choice Movie Scary Scene" - The Amityville Horror

MTV Movie Awards
  • 2003: Nominated, "Breakthrough Male Performance" - National Lampoon's Van Wilder

Young Hollywood Awards
  • 2003: Won, "Next Generation - Male"

Young Artist Award
  • 1993: Nominated, "Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series" - Fifteen


  2. First Look: Ryan Reynolds in Buried | /Film

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