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Canadian-born actor Ryan Rodney Reynolds’ birthday is on October 23rd, 1976. Ryan spent his early years in his natal Vancouver, British Columbia, where he got involved in acting from the age of thirteen. His earliest acting credits date back to 1991, when he appeared in Canadian teen soap opera Hillside (known in the U.S. as Fifteen.) Reynolds had a recurring role in fantasy series The Odyssey from 1993 to 1994. In 1993, he starred in Canadian film Ordinary Magic. Ryan almost quit acting at the age of 19, but fellow Canadian actor Chris William Martin convinced him to give it another try. Encouraged by this, Ryan moved to Los Angeles around 1996.

In the U.S., Ryan managed to score guest-starring roles in an episode of The X-Files, The Outer Limits and In Cold Blood. He also landed the co-star role in the television film Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996.) In 1998, he was cast in a recurring role in the fourth season of sitcom Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. During these years, Reynolds primarily took on roles in comedy films, such as National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002,) The In-Laws (2003,) Foolproof (2003,) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004.) Ryan’s first action movie role was in 2004’s Blade: Trinity and then he dabbled in the supernatural horror genre when he starred in The Amityville Horror in 2005. He also starred in two romantic comedies, Just Friends (2005,) and Definitely Maybe (2008,) later followed by The Proposal (2009) towards the latter half of the decade.

Reynolds returned to superhero films when he joined the cast of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009,) a spin-off movie of the X-Men franchise. After starring in the American thriller Buried (2010,) Ryan played the lead role in superhero film Green Lantern in 2011, starring alongside his future wife Blake Lively, making him one of the few actors to have appeared in films about both Marvel and DC Comics characters. The movie didn’t do well either in the box office nor the critics, and it is generally regarded poorly. Subsequent film roles were: Safe House (2012,) The Croods (2013,) The Voices (2014,) The Captive (2014,) Woman in Gold (2015,) and Self/less (2015.)

In 2016, Reynolds starred in superhero movie Deadpool, a film he had been teasing as early as 2000. The story was a reboot of his character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, providing new context and backstory, and even going as far as mocking the previous character iteration. It was a box office success, breaking several records and got him nominations at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Reynolds produced and wrote Deadpool 2 (2018) and a short film, No Good Deed (2017.) He is also currently developing a third installment as of 2022, in which he will co-star with Hugh Jackman, returning as Wolverine for the first time since 2017.

After the success of Deadpool, Reynolds starred in action thriller Criminal (2016,) Life (2017,) and The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017.) In 2019, Ryan lent his voice to the titular character in live action/animated movie Detective Pikachu and later starred in 6 Underground. He reprised his role in 2020’s The Croods: A New Age, and 2021’a Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and promotional short film Deadpool and Korg React. His latest film projects were Free Guy and Red Notice in 2021, The Adam Project in 2022, as well as an uncredited cameo in Bullet Train.

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