The charismatic Canadian Ryan Reynolds is one of the most loved Hollywood actors. His ability to transition between comedy, action, and dramatic roles has solidified his place in the entertainment industry, while his humorous and relatable personality endears him to fans worldwide.
Although Reynolds is best known for his role in the superhero movie Deadpool, there is much more to the 46-year-old than that. Reynolds is a charitable soul, a father, and well known to people who like to bet on sports online with his ownership of association football club Wrexham. Continue reading to discover everything you want to know about one of Hollywood’s most popular stars.
Ryan Reynolds’ Early Life
Reynolds was born on October 23, 1976, in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. The youngest of four sons, Reynolds showed an interest in acting from an early age, often participating in school plays. Little did Reynolds’ teachers and fellow pupils know back then that they would see Reynolds gracing the silver screen and be all over streaming service Netflix in the next few years.
Reynolds graduated in 1994 and began pursuing an acting career. After a handful of minor roles in television series, Reynold became disillusioned with acting and initially quit at 19. He enrolled at the Kwatlen Polytechnic University, where he met fellow actor Chris William Martin, who convinced the young Reynolds to give acting another chance; Reynolds moved to Los Angeles with Martin.
Ryan Reynolds’ Early Career and Breakthrough
His first significant role came in 1991 when he played a recurring character named Billy Simpson in the Canadian teen drama “Hillside.” Reynolds embraced his part, and directors and producers began sitting up and noticing Reynolds, who has a natural talent for acting and performing in front of the camera.
Reynolds’ portrayal of Michael Bergen in the ABC sitcom “Two Guys and a Girl” propelled him into the spotlight in the late 1990s. The show ran from 1998 to 2001, and Reynolds’ comedic ability and likable on-screen presence made him a fan favorite.
Ryan Reynolds Becomes a Hollywood Star
In 2002, Reynold played the titular Van Wilder in the comedy “Van Wilder: Party Liason” and he was a major hit. However, it was not until 2016 that Reynolds hit the big time and became a household name globally.
Reynolds played Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool, in the 2016 movie “Deadpool.” The movie was a game-changer for Reynolds, whose dedication to the role was there for all to see. The film’s irreverent humor and unique approach to the superhero genre perfectly suited the charismatic Reynolds, and he wowed audiences worldwide, turning Deadpool into a beloved character.
Two years later, Reynolds solidified himself as a key figure in the world of superhero films when he reprised the role of Deadpool in the movie’s sequel. Deadpool 2 was a global success, and much of that success was down to Reynolds’ incredible performance.
In addition to Deadpool, Reynolds has appeared in action films “Safe House” (2012) alongside Denzel Washington, Michael Bay’s “6 Underground” (2019), and comedies “The Proposal” (2009) and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017), acting alongside Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively. Reynolds’ flexibility makes him a sought-after actor in Hollywood.
Ryan Reynolds’ Personal Life
The personal life of Reynolds has long been a hot topic for his fans. He was engaged to singer Alanis Morissette in 2004, but the couple never married. Reynolds married Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson in September 2008, but the couple separated in December 2010 before divorcing in July 2011.
Reynold began dating actress Blake Lively in October 2011, and they married in September 2012. The happily married couple became parents in December 2014 and now have four children together. The family resides in Pound Ridge, New York.
Ryan Reynolds’ Business Ventures and Philanthropy
Reynolds is an astute businessman when he is not acting and has his fingers in several pies, so to speak. Reynolds held a significant stake in Aviation American Gin, which was later sold to drinks giant Diageo for $610 million. He also had between 20-25% of Mint Mobile, whose parent company T-Mobile purchased for $1.35 billion in March 2023.
The most famous of Reynolds’ investments is that in the Welsh football club Wrexham AFC. One of the oldest association football clubs in the world, Wrexham, had slid into non-league football and was rarely spoken about outside the club’s catchment area. That changed in November 2020 when Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney struck a deal to purchase the club from its current owners. Many thought the takeover may be a publicity stunt, but Reynolds and McElhenney have thrown themselves into the project.
“Welcome to Wrexham,” a docuseries, was a worldwide success and put the town of Wrexham onto the map. People who had never previously heard of Wrexham descended on the Welsh town after seeing the docuseries. Reynolds and McElhenney are often seen at The Racecourse Ground when Wrexham play their home fixtures, and several Hollywood A-listers, including Will Ferrell, have been spotted soaking in the atmosphere.
Reynolds is a charitable man who donated $1 million to help Ukrainian refugees displaced by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. Reynolds and his wife also donated $500,000 to the charity Water First.
Ryan Reynolds’ Net Worth
Thanks to his hugely successful Deadpool movies and wise investments, Reynolds has an estimated net worth of $350 million. That figure is impressive, especially when one considers Reynolds’ net worth was in the region of $70 million in 2020. The $1.35 billion sale of Mint Mobile to T-Mobile boosted Reynolds’ bank account, as did the $610 million sale of Aviation American Gin to Diageo.
Surprisingly, Reynolds only received $2 million for his role in the original Deadpool film. However, Reynolds reportedly made ten times that sum due to a lucrative share of backend points. Deadpool 2 was another major hit, resulting in Reynolds walking away with more than $22 million, a far cry from the $150 per episode he received for his early television roles.