Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian television and film actor. He came to prominence in North America for his role in the television sitcom Two Guys and a Girl (1998–2001), before establishing a career as a Hollywood motion picture actor, starring in both comedic and dramatic roles.
Reynolds was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Tammy, a salesperson and career student, and Jim Reynolds, a Vancouver food wholesaler and former semi-professional boxer. He is the youngest of four brothers. Reynolds graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1994. Reynolds career began as a child actor starring 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 and 2004`s Blade: Trinity. 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. He has also appeared in the season 2 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. 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. Ryan also played Will Hayes in Definitely, Maybe (2008). 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 will first portray Deadpool in the X-Men spinoff, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds was featured on the cover of the pop-culture magazine Naked Eye in the fall of 2007.
Full Name at Birth
Ryan Rodney Reynolds
Date of Birth
Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.
Claim to Fame
Definitely, Maybe, The Proposal and Deadpool
(2010) TV commercial for Hugo Boss "Bottled Night" mens fragrance
(February 2010) TV commercial for the Province of British Columbia tourism (playing himself)
(2012) Print ads for the Nissan Leaf electric car
Other Family Members
Baxter (Golden Retriever)
Billie (Irish Setter)