Ryan Reynolds is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy, in his rich and ever evolving filmography.
Some may remember a young Reynolds starring as Billy Simpson in the Canadian-produced teen soap Hillside, or as it was known in the US, Fifteen. Others may recall his role as medical student Michael "Berg" Bergen from Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place, or as the title character in National Lampoon's Van Wilder.
In 2005, Reynolds landed a leading role in the comedy Waiting... and the romantic comedy Just Friends. In 2008, Reynolds played the lead in the 2008 film Definitely, Maybe, and starred opposite Sandra Bullock in 2009's The Proposal.
Though Reynolds starred in a string of comedic roles, he has also made a name for himself as an action hero, with such roles as Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, Hal Jordan in the big-screen adaption of Green Lantern, and Wade Wilson/Deadpool for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deadpool. It's with Deadpool that Reynolds found critical and commercial success, earning a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the "Merc with a Mouth".
Reynolds has also received praise for his dramatic roles, such as his portrayal of a civilian truck driver who is attacked, captured and buried alive in the film Buried, which screened at the Sundance film festival and was met with critical acclaim. Reynolds has also starred in a number of idenpendent and low-budget films, including The Voices, The Captive, and Mississippi Grind.
On December 15, 2016, Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the motion pictures industry.
In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father - who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson's disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.