Ryan Reynolds Pays Tribute to the Figure Who Brought About a Revolution in American Comedy

Published 12/06/2023, 7:53 PM EST

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Comedy stands out as one of the most challenging frontiers for actors. As Joss Whedon once said, “Out of being serious and being funny, funny is the hard one”. Those who can master this genre can pretty much tackle any role. Ryan Reynolds is one such actor whose quick wit makes him a comedic genius both on and off-screen. On the day touched by the loss of a television comedy maestro, Reynolds paid a heartfelt tribute to the visionary figure.  

Ryan Reynolds took to his social media to remind the audience of the extraordinary legacy the departed luminary carved out during his 73-year career. 

Ryan Reynolds paid tribute to the king of sitcoms 

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Norman Lear, who gave the world some of the most iconic shows, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford, and Son, recently passed away. He died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles as per his publicist’s statement to Variety. Shortly after the saddening demise of Lear, many Hollywood stars shared their condolences on social media, including Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds took to his Instagram to share a picture of the late Television producer with a caption saying, “Norman Lear: 1933-23”. 

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Many other celebrities, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, and Tyler Perry have also responded to the shocking news in their ways. Even Jimmy Kimmel, who collaborated with Lear to bring live adaptations of shows like All in the Family and Good Times, paid tribute to the TV titan. As for Ryan Reynolds, this is not the first time he honored someone with an exceptional legacy in the comedy field.

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In October, the Deadpool star penned a heartfelt tribute to an American actor and comedian who became a model for a new generation of stand-up comedians.

Ryan Reynolds’ respects to the giants of comedy

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Ryan Reynolds received the Legacy of Laughter award from Bring Change to Mind in October this year. This award bore the name of Robin Williams, who was also an Academy Award-winning actor. The Robin Williams Award was given out at the fundraiser in honor of the late actor by his children. Reynolds became the seventh person to receive the Legacy of Laughter award. A week after receiving the award, he shared a heartfelt note on his Instagram for Robin Williams. 

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He expressed how grateful he was to receive the “crazy honor” and also appreciated Williams’ children, Zak, Zelda, and Cody Williams, for keeping their father’s legacy alive. “I miss Robin Williams. Pretty sure everyone does”, wrote the 47-year-old actor. Now, in the shadow of Robin Williams’ legacy, another pillar in comedy has left the stage, leaving a void in the heart of Hollywood.

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Hriddhi Maitra

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Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

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