RYAN REYNOLDS (Matt Weston) has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought-after
leading men, with two very distinctive recent hit projects that surpassed the
$300 million mark at the global box office: the romantic comedy The Proposal,
opposite Sandra Bullock (in which he played a guy forced to marry his boss to
curtail her deportation), and the fantasy-adventure X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in
the role of Deadpool.
In 2011, Reynolds was seen starring in the Universal Pictures comedy The
Change-Up and in the title role of DC Comics' Green Lantern. He also recently
starred in the mystery thriller Buried, a 2010 Sundance favorite in which his
character, Paul Conroy, a contractor working in Iraq, wakes up in a coffin,
buried alive after an attack by a group of dissidents. In the cinematically
challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the
duration of the 95-minute run time.
Reynolds recently wrapped production on Universal Pictures' R.I.P.D., which he
is starring in and producing.
Reynolds starred in two other Sundance entries: Greg Mottola's Adventureland,
the amusement park-set comedy with Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2009
festival and was also nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2009 Gotham
Awards, and The Nines, in the triple role of a troubled actor, a television
showrunner and an acclaimed video-game designer whose lives are intertwined in
His other recent films include the comedy Paper Man, in which he starred as an
imaginary superhero friend of a struggling novelist; Definitely, Maybe, in which
he played a political consultant and parent to Abigail Breslin, with a
questionable past; the complex drama Chaos Theory, in which he played a man
experiencing a crisis after he finds out he is sterile and his child is not his
own; Joe Carnahan's crime thriller Smokin' Aces, in which he starred as a
morally centered FBI agent out to prevent a gangland hit; and a remake of the
classic cult horror film The Amityville Horror.
Reynolds hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, where he harbored an affection
for acting at a young age. After establishing himself on television in the
sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, and in a variety of guest spots and
telefilms such as In Cold Blood, he caught moviegoers' attention with his lead
role in Walt Becker's irreverent 2002 comedy National Lampoon's Van Wilder,
which led to larger roles in such films as Blade: Trinity and the romantic
comedy Just Friends.
Reynolds recently entered the production side of things, partnering with Allan
Loeb in the production company DarkFire. They have two pilot deals in place: a
comedy series titled Guidance and an animated series titled And Then There Was
Gordon, both slated for FOX.
In addition to landing numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board
of directors for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In
November 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father,
who has long suffered from the ravages of Parkinson's disease. Reynolds'
marathon run raised more than $100,000 for Fox's foundation.
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