By Tara Sanders Posted December 16, 2009
Ryan Reynolds has all the qualities of a star. He’s funny, handsome, and diversely talented. He has played in movies alongside the most famous celebrities. Comedy seems to be Reynolds’ calling but he also plays in action, romance, and thrillers.
Reynolds was born in 1976, in Vancouver, British Columbia to a food wholesaler and a retail-store saleswoman. His ambition to act came about at a young age when he was enrolled in a drama class. He failed the class, but it didn’t deter his will to continue acting. From 1991 to 1996 Reynolds was in a variety of television shows and some forgettable made for television movies. After his streak of insufficient roles, Reynolds decided to quit acting. Recognizing his friend’s frustration, fellow actor, Chris Martin suggested that the two pack their bags and head for the Hollywood Hills. If it hadn’t been for Martin’s encouragement to pursue his career further, Reynolds might not have become the star he is today.
Reynolds had little luck when they arrived in California, he crashed in a cheap motel, his car was stolen, stripped, and rolled down a hill. But, his luck changed in 1997 when he landed a leading role as Berg in “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.”
Following his success, Reynolds landed roles in movies such as, “Dick,” “Boltneck,” and later took the lead in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.”
In 2004 Reynolds went through intense physical training for the movie “Blade: Trinity,” where he played the character Hannibal King. Reynolds had also played in the thriller remake “The Amityville Horror.” Soon enough, he found himself starring in two comedies, “Waiting” and “Just Friends.” With his more prominent roles, Reynolds’ career was definitely on the rise. He snagged a memorable role in the romantic comedy, “Definitely
Posted Maybe,” and more recently, “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock.
Reynolds and actress, Scarlett Johansson have been married since 2008. Reynolds’ charity work includes the Michael J. Fox Foundation which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and in 2008 he ran in the New York City Marathon for his father who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He is currently filming two new movies, “Green Lantern,” and “Deadpool,” which are set to release in 2011.