Actor Ryan Reynolds is best known for his comedic performances, especially as the star of the superhero franchise ‘Deadpool’ turns 43 today
Actor Ryan Reynolds Turns 44 Today
Born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, Canada, Ryan Reynolds started out in television before becoming a big-screen success in Hollywood. 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. At the age of 12, Reynolds landed his first professional acting job.
He was cast in a Canadian teen drama first called “Hillside” and later renamed “Fifteen” when it aired in the United States. The show ran from 1991 to 1993. Traveling with a friend, Reynolds moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s. His first major breakthrough came with the 2002 comedy “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”. Reynolds played a vampire hunter in “Blade: Trinity” (2004) opposite Wesley Snipes and Jessica Biel and starred in the 2005 remake “The Amityville Horror”. While his movies may not have been wowing critics, Reynolds enjoyed great popularity nonetheless. In 2009, Reynolds’ film career took off. He played the mercenary Deadpool in the box office hit “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman. Teaming up with Sandra Bullock, Reynolds showed his comedic talents in “The Proposal”. He continued to thrive professionally, expanding his range with the independent drama “Buried” in 2010. In the film, Reynolds played an American working in Iraq who gets kidnapped and buried alive. He was featured in People magazine’s “Sexiest People” issue in 2010, earning the title “Sexiest Renaissance Man” from the publication. Reynolds portrayed the Hal Jordan version of superhero Green Lantern in Warner Bros.’ film “Green Lantern,” released on June 17, 2011. 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. Reynolds first met Blake Lively in early 2010 while filming “Green Lantern,” in which she co-starred. The couple married on September 9, 2012, at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. 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. “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. For his performance, Reynolds received numerous accolades, including nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Reynolds began filming “Deadpool 2” in June 2017, and the film opened on May 18, 2018. He has openly spoken about his lifelong struggle with anxiety, noting in 2018 that he carried out many interviews in the character of Deadpool to alleviate his fears. On December 15, 2016, Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard. Reynolds has two children: James (born 2014) and Inez (born 2016) with wife Blake Lively.
By Ken Warren, 2017/18
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