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|Full Name||Ryan Rodney Reynolds|
|Date of Birth||October 23, 1976|
|Age||47 years old (as of October 2023)|
|Birth Place||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Current Living||Bedford, New York, United States|
|Education||Kitsilano Secondary School, Kwantlen Polytechnic University|
|Height||6′ 2″ (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lbs (84 kg)|
|Father||James Chester Reynolds|
|Brothers||Jeff Reynolds, Patrick Reynolds|
|Girlfriend||Alanis Morissette (2002–2007)|
|Wife||Scarlett Johansson (m. 2008–2011), Blake Lively (m. 2012–present)|
|Best Movies||Deadpool, Deadpool 2, The Proposal, Free Guy, Green Lantern|
Ryan Reynolds is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, with his recent roles in superhero movies like Deadpool catapulting him to astronomical stardom. Aside from his quick wit, outstanding charisma, and joyous personality, the 46-year-old actor is also known for being among the friendliest and most likable celebrities.
In one of the actor’s interviews, he mentioned a desire to slip into Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh’s DMs. Singh, who dubbed the Hindi version of Deadpool, has since been included in inside jokes with Reynolds over their superhero bond.
People have come to expect this type of charm from Reynolds in movies and his real-life persona. But one might wonder how this all began. Was it always laughter and success for the Deadpool star?
Early Life to the Breakout in his Career
Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up, his mother and father were in sales, and Reynolds was the youngest of four brothers. He described himself as a nervous and sensitive kid growing up, and he used school productions as a way to express himself.
At age 12, he landed his first professional acting gig in a Canadian teen drama called Hillside in the early 90’s. After this, however, his acting career was at a standstill, and he had to work late hours across different jobs. Almost a decade later, he finally landed his first feature comedy film, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002). However, his big break was yet to come.
Eventually, Reynolds graduated from small-budget movies to the big screen when he landed a role in Blade: Trinity in 2004. A few years later, he continued on the superhero genre path when he appeared as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
This was a different iteration of his now-famous character, which was not well received then. Nevertheless, the superhero era was in, and Reynold’s participation would continue. Two years after X-Men, he starred in Green Lantern (2011) with his future wife, Blake Lively.
Finally, 2016 saw the release of Deadpool, which grossed ₹216.4 million ($2.6 million) in the Indian box office. The smash hit was followed by Deadpool 2 (2018), which the actor personally co-wrote.
Aside from superhero and comedy movies, Reynolds starred in other successful projects like the rom-com The Proposal (2009) and voiced Detective Pikachu in the live-action Pokémon franchise film in 2019.
Reynolds is married to his Green Lantern leading lady, Blake Lively. While a connection bloomed between them when they were filming back in 2010, both were in committed relationships at the time.
Eventually, after their previous relationships fizzled out, the couple was first spotted publicly in 2011. The very next year, the two tied the knot. They now have four children named James, Inez, and Betty, but their newborn’s name is still under wraps.
Aside from his colorful acting career, Reynolds is no stranger to savvy business deals. For one, Reynolds is an avid stock market investor. Buying, selling, and trading stocks is something many investors around the world participate in, given the proliferation of reputable brokerages around the globe.
Reynolds, in particular, trades shares in some of the biggest names in the international stock market, given his numerous business ventures in Big Tech and Telecommunications.
In March 2023, Reynold’s wireless provider, Mint, was purchased by T-Mobile in a deal worth ₹112.3 billion ($1.35 billion), subdivided into 39% cash and 61% stock. He owned 25% of the company. Therefore, he made a whopping $337.5 million from the transaction.
In addition, he’s an investor in Canadian password management software. It’s considered one of the best password managers since it offers tight security and alerts for potential website hacks. Reynolds is also the company’s brand ambassador and appears in commercials, employing his usual charm.
As of 2023, Ryan Reynold’s net worth is almost $350 million. Aside from his lucrative business ventures, Reynolds’ fortune got a big boost from his sizable Deadpool talent fees.
He went from earning $2 million in the first film to over $30 million in the second. Reynolds made $71.5 million in 2020 for his Netflix films 6 Underground and Red Notice. Overall, this paints a pretty picture of Reynolds’ wealth.