Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian television and film actor. He is best known for his roles in comedy and romantic films such as National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Waiting..., Just Friends, Definitely Maybe, and The Proposal as well as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. For television, he is best known for his role as Michael "Berg" Bergen on Two Guys and a Girl. Reynolds also stars in the DC superhero film Green Lantern alongside Blake Lively and Mark Strong.
Reynolds was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to James (a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who later became a food wholesaler) and Tammy Reynolds (a retail salesperson). He is of Irish ancestry and was raised Roman Catholic. The youngest of four brothers, he graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver in 1994. He then attended Kwantlen College, also in Vancouver, until dropping out.
Reynolds' career began in 1990 when he starred as Billy in the Canadian-produced teen soap Hillside, distributed in the United States by Nickelodeon as Fifteen. As an adult, Reynolds starred in the National Lampoon movie Van Wilder and the American television series Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place, playing medical student Michael "Berg" Bergen. He also cameoed in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle as a nurse, appeared in The In-Laws with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks, as well as the Canadian production Foolproof. In 2005 he played a waiter named Monty in Waiting..., and as music executive Chris Brander in the romantic comedy Just Friends alongside Amy Smart and Anna Faris. Reynolds played the protagonist in the 2008 film Definitely, Maybe. He has also appeared in the second season finale of the television series Scrubs, where he played Spence, a college friend of J.D. and Turk. In 2007, Reynolds guest-starred as Brendan's friend Hams in the episode "Douchebag in the City" of the TBS sitcom My Boys. In 2009, he portrayed Andrew Paxton, starring opposite Sandra Bullock, in the romantic comedy The Proposal.
Reynolds was named one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
In 2002, Reynolds began dating Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. The two announced their engagement in June 2004. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced that they had mutually decided to end their engagement. Morissette's album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the breakup.
Soon after the end of his relationship with Morissette, Reynolds began dating actress Scarlett Johansson in 2007 and the couple announced their engagement on May 5, 2008. They married on September 27, 2008, in a quiet ceremony near Tofino, British Columbia. On December 14, 2010, Reynolds and Johansson announced that they had separated and plan to divorce, saying in a joint statement, "After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage...We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it.
Ryan has a couple tattoos One is a drawing of the Nine O'Clock Gun, an old naval cannon that goes off every night at nine in Stanley Park, in Reynolds' native Vancouver, Canada. The other is on the underside of his wrist and is a handwritten message with a star that reads “Know Thyself”.