Ryan Reynolds thanks Gord Steinke of World Edmonton for displaying him an outdated photograph of Grandfather

Sure, it may be common knowledge that the popular movie actor, Ryan Reynolds, is a Vancouverite, but what some fans may not know is that his grandfather also played an important role in Canadian history.

Last Thursday, news anchor Gord Steinke came across a framed black and white photo of Chester Reynolds – the Deadpool star’s paternal grandfather while visiting the Alberta legislative assembly at 6 Edmonton.

Eight decades ago, the senior Reynolds became a provincial politician. He was revealed as a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly during a Global Edmonton broadcast earlier this week between 1940 and 1944.

Steinke posted the picture on Twitter on Friday and tagged the 43-year-old grandson. He wrote: “Hello Ryan; I was in the Alberta Legislature yesterday and [a] Security guard took [the] Time to show me this picture showing your grandpa Chester. I thought you would get a kick out of it. ”

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Thanks Gord! I only have a few photos of my grandfather. And none when he was a young man. That means a lot to me … Sometimes Twitter isn’t a huge pool full of digital rabies. 🙌

– Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 29, 2020

In response, Ryan thanked the host and revealed that he only had “one pair” [of] Photos from [his] Grandfather and nobody when he was a young man. “

“That means a lot to me,” added the star. “Sometimes Twitter isn’t a huge swimming pool full of digital rabies,” he joked.

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After further confirming which member of the Legislature in the photo was his grandfather (fourth from left, top row), a number of fans commented on how similar the two Reynolds are.

“Don’t fool us,” tweeted a user, “that’s not your grandpa. You are that!”

“Looks just like him,” Steinke wrote in his own Instagram post. “That was fun. Nice exchange with Ryan Reynolds.”


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Chester was a Social Credit member from the Stettler constituency, according to the official government website of the Alberta Legislature.

Nathan Cooper, a spokesman for the Legislative Assembly, told Global Edmonton that Chester “certainly left its mark” in his four-year term.

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He continued: “There are a number of newspaper articles and his speeches receive long applause from his colleagues. Maybe he was just like Ryan a good communicator. “

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In addition, Steinke announced that Ryan had sent him a “colored version of the picture”.

“He said he would share it with his brothers,” added the host. “They never had a lot of information about their grandpa.”

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