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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Who is Ryan Rodney Reynolds?

Who is Ryan Rodney Reynolds? The entertainment and acting world knows him as Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is a Canadian actor. He is known for his roles in National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Waiting..., Just Friends, Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal and Buried, as well as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. His television roles include Michael "Berg" Bergen on Two Guys and a Girl. Reynolds also stars in the upcoming DC superhero film Green Lantern alongside Blake Lively and Mark Strong.

Early life

Reynolds was born October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His father, Jim, is a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who later became a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, is a retail salesperson.[1] He is of Irish ancestry and was raised Roman Catholic.[2] The youngest of four brothers,[3] he graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver in 1994. He then attended Kwantlen College, also in Vancouver, until dropping out.[4]


Reynolds' career began in 1990 when he starred as Billy the botsman 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. Reynolds played the protagonist in 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 Andrew Paxton, starring opposite Sandra Bullock, in the romantic comedy The Proposal, and park's repairs technician Mike Connell in Adventureland.
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, which also starred Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel. Reynolds played the dark character George Lutz in the 2005 remake of the 1979 horror film The Amityville Horror. He also played an FBI agent alongside Ray Liotta in the 2006 crime action film 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,[5] 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 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.[6] Reynolds will portray superhero Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in Warner Bros.' upcoming film Green Lantern to be released June 17, 2011 in 3D, making him one of the few actors to headline in movies based on both Marvel and DC characters.[7] Reynolds greeted fans and recited the Green Lantern oath at Comic-Con in 2010.[8] Reynolds starred also in the Spanish/Australian thriller film and Sundance favourite Buried, which was directed by Rodrigo Cortes.[9]
He will portray Nick Cruz in the Universal Pictures film adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics Rest in Peace Department, which is planned for 2011.[10]

Personal life

In 2002, Reynolds began dating Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. The two announced their engagement in June 2004.[11] In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced that they had mutually decided to end their engagement.[12] Morissette's album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the breakup.[13]
Soon after the end of his relationship with Morissette, Reynolds began dating actress Scarlett Johansson in 2007[14] and the couple announced their engagement on May 5, 2008.[15] They married on September 27, 2008, in a quiet ceremony near Tofino, British Columbia.[16] On December 14, 2010, Reynolds and Johansson announced that they had separated.[17] Reynolds filed for divorce on December 23, 2010 in Los Angeles. Johansson filed her divorce response simultaneously.[18]
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.[19]
Reynolds was named one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2008,[20] 2009,[21][22] and 2010.[23]


Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1993 Ordinary Magic Ganesh/Jeffrey
1994 My Name Is Kate Kevin Bannister TV Film
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Andy TV Film
1996 When Friendship Kills Ben Colson TV Film
1996 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Seth TV Film
1996 In Cold Blood Bobby Rupp TV Film
1997 The Alarmist Howard Ancona
1998 Tourist Trap Wade Early TV Film
1999 Coming Soon Henry Lipschitz
1999 Dick Chip
2000 Boltneck (Big Monster On Campus) Carl
2001 Finder's Fee Quigley
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Van Wilder
2002 Buying the Cow Mike Hanson Direct-to-Video
2003 The In-Laws Mark Tobias
2003 Foolproof Kevin
2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Male nurse Cameo
2004 Blade: Trinity Hannibal King
2005 School of Life Michael "Mr. D" D'Angelo TV Film
2005 The Amityville Horror George Lutz
2005 Waiting... Monty
2005 Just Friends Chris Brander
2006 Smokin' Aces Richard Messner
2007 The Nines Gary/Gavin/Gabriel
2007 Chaos Theory Frank Allen
2008 Definitely, Maybe Will Hayes
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Michael Taylor
2009 Adventureland Mike Connell
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Wade Wilson / Deadpool Shared role with Scott Adkins
2009 The Proposal Andrew Paxton
2009 Paper Man Captain Excellent
2010 Secret Origin: Story Of DC Comics Narrator
2010 Buried Paul Conroy
2011 Green Lantern Hal Jordan / Green Lantern Post-production
2011 The Change-Up Mitch Post-production
2012 Safe House Matt Weston Filming
2013 The Croods Guy Post-production
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1991–1993 Fifteen Billy Simpson Also known as Hillside. 65 Episodes
The Odyssey Macro Recurring role, 14 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Derek Tillman Season 1, Episode 20: "If These Walls Could Talk"
1995 The Marshal Rick Season 2, Episode 3: "The Heartbreak Kid"
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Griffin Season 1, Episode 9: "Redemption"
1996 The X-Files Jay "Boom" DeBoom Season 3, Episode 13: "Syzygy"
1996 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 The Outer Limits Paul Nodel Season 4, Episode 23: "The Origin of Species"
Two Guys and a Girl Michael "Berg" Bergen Main role, 81 episodes
2003 Scrubs Spence Season 2, Episode 22: "My Dream Job"
Zeroman Ty Cheese Recurring role, 14 Episodes
2007 My Boys Hams Season 1, Episode 19: Douchebag in the City
2009 Saturday Night Live Host Season 35, Episode 660

Awards and nominations

Goya Awards
MTV Movie Awards
  • Nominated – "Best Comedic Performance" – The Proposal (2010)
  • Nominated – "Best Fight" – X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Shared with Hugh Jackman, Liev Schrieber (2010)
  • Nominated – "Best Kiss" – The Proposal – Shared with Sandra Bullock (2010)
  • Nominated – "Best Scared-As-S**t Performance" – Buried (2011)
People's Choice Awards
Saturn Awards
  • Nominated – "Best Actor" – Buried (2010)
Scream Awards
  • Won – "Best Supporting Actor" – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • Nominated – "Breakthrough Male Performance" – National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2003)
Young Hollywood Awards
  • WonNext Generation – Male (2003)
Young Artist Award
  • Nominated – "Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series" – Fifteen (1993)



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