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Ryan Reynolds may be a Hollywood A-lister with the hugely successful Deadpool and Deadpool 2 under his belt, but it wasn’t always champagne and caviar for the Canadian actor. In fact, according to his own IMDB page, Reynolds started his career by playing bit parts in “a series of forgettable television movies.” It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Reynolds caught his first big break as the title character in Van Wilder: Party Liaison.
Reynolds was able to parlay that role into further successes—and, admittedly, a few duds—to become the highest-paid actor in 2019 so far, according to Variety (he probably has Detective Pikachu to thank for that).
Here’s what we know about Ryan Reynolds’ net worth.
Ryan Reynolds’ first role earned him $ 150 a day.
In a 2016 interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Reynolds said he was paid $ 150 a day for his first acting role on Nickelodeon’s Fifteen.
“I remember we were paid $ 150 per episode. I still had a paper route. I would do my TV show, then I’d go home and do my paper route.” he said. “For me, I thought I was, like, a gajillionaire. For $ 150 a day, it was like a dream come true.”
In 2017, Ryan Reynolds’ earnings were $ 21.5 million.
In 2017, Reynolds was the 15th highest-paid actor in Hollywood, raking in $ 21.5 million that year alone, according to Forbes.
It had a lot to do with Deadpool’s success. As Forbes reported, Reynolds was paid a low seven-figure upfront plus a cut of profits for the first film, which grossed $ 783 million at the box office. Because of that film’s success, Reynolds cashed in a much bigger payday for the sequel.
Though he dropped off the Forbes list in 2018, odds are he’ll be back on top when Deadpool 3 eventually comes around.
Ryan Reynolds’ total career earnings are estimated to be around $ 75 million.
After bringing home the bacon as the Merc With a Mouth, Reynolds’ total net worth ballooned to an estimated $ 75 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. His wife, Blake Lively, is estimated to be worth $ 16 million, giving them a combined net worth of $ 91 million.
Following his appearance in Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (a performance which one review said will enable Pokémon to “print money”), Reynolds is reportedly the highest paid actor of 2019. His next project is Michael Bay’s film, Six Underground, which earned him a $ 27 million paycheck.