Name: Ryan Gosling
Born: Ryan Thomas Gosling
Occupations: actor, humanitarian, musician
Ryan Thomas Gosling is an actor originally hailing from London, Ontario, Canada, who has also branched out into directing, screenwriting, music and business. Although now the apple of many ladies’ eyes and a darling of the internet with the Hey Girl memes, Gosling wasn’t always a heartthrob star. One of his earliest influences was Sylvester Stallone, but instead of running up steps like Rocky Balboa, a young Gosling took his parents steak knives to school and tried to toss them, John Rambo-style, at classmates during recess.
Luckily, that youthful misadventure didn’t preclude him from auditioning for and landing a role on The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside other future stars like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Larger success came in 2000, when he landed a role in high school football movie Remember the Titans, alongside Denzel Washington, as well as a complicated turn as Jewish neo-Nazi in the 2001 film The Believer. Of course, what has made Ryan Gosling a household name was his romantic leading man appearance in the 2004 film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook, opposite Rachel McAdams, The exposure from that film has allowed Gosling to take on such diverse projects as Lars and the Real Girl, Half Nelson, Drive, Gangster Squad and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Not merely a pretty face and fine actor, Gosling has also dabbled in the restaurant industry, having been an investor in Los Angeles restaurant Tagine. He also has a band with friend Zach Shields, called Dead Man’s Bones, in which Gosling sings and plays guitar. When not acting, writing or playing music, Gosling also lends his time and attention to several humanitarian causes. He volunteered his time to help clean up Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina, and has worked with PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project.
How much is $30 million?
Ryan Gosling has earned himself a lot of money in between lending his time to humanitarian causes. Whether it’s tabulated at $30 million USD or $37 million Canadian, that’s plenty of money to comfortably provide for his daughter Esmerelda, with partner Eva Mendes.