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Also Known As: Ryan Phillipe, Matthew Ryan Phillippe Died:
Born: September 10, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Castle, Delaware, USA Profession: actor, producer

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Ryan Phillippe first gained attention for his groundbreaking role as daytime television's first openly gay male teen on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2012). By the end of the 1990s, he had become one of the hottest stars on the twenty-something radar. Teen-oriented hits like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999) gave the chiseled blond actor instant box office cred, but he wisely tempered the multiplex hits with strong performances in smart fare like "Gosford Park" (2001), "The Way of the Gun" (2000), and "Igby Goes Down" (2002), assuring himself a wider range of opportunities and a promising future. It did not hurt his profile that, following the shooting of "Cruel Intentions," Phillippe fell in love with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon, whose star rose during their seemingly happy marriage. After rumors of infidelity on his part flew in the press, the couple shockingly filed for divorced in 2006 after seven years of marriage, leaving the actor to pick up the pieces by regaining his onscreen footing with impressive turns in the dramas "Stop-Loss" (2008) and "Breach" (2007), as well as the comedy, "MacGruber" (2010). Thanks to strong performances in a wide array of...

Ryan Phillippe first gained attention for his groundbreaking role as daytime television's first openly gay male teen on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2012). By the end of the 1990s, he had become one of the hottest stars on the twenty-something radar. Teen-oriented hits like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999) gave the chiseled blond actor instant box office cred, but he wisely tempered the multiplex hits with strong performances in smart fare like "Gosford Park" (2001), "The Way of the Gun" (2000), and "Igby Goes Down" (2002), assuring himself a wider range of opportunities and a promising future. It did not hurt his profile that, following the shooting of "Cruel Intentions," Phillippe fell in love with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon, whose star rose during their seemingly happy marriage. After rumors of infidelity on his part flew in the press, the couple shockingly filed for divorced in 2006 after seven years of marriage, leaving the actor to pick up the pieces by regaining his onscreen footing with impressive turns in the dramas "Stop-Loss" (2008) and "Breach" (2007), as well as the comedy, "MacGruber" (2010). Thanks to strong performances in a wide array of roles, Phillippe was a popular performer in demand by both Hollywood and audiences alike.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Straight A's (2013)
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 Bang Bang Club (2011)
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 MacGruber (2010)
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 Franklyn (2009)
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 Stop-Loss (2008)
8.
 Chaos (2008)
9.
 Breach (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in New Castle, Delaware
1992:
Acting debut in ABC's daytime drama "One Life to Live" as a gay teenager
1993:
Primetime debut, "The Secrets of Lake Success" (NBC)
1995:
Feature film debut, "Crimson Tide"
1996:
Featured in the ensemble drama, "White Squall"
1997:
Appeared in the Gregg Araki ensemble, "Nowhere"
1997:
First starring role in the thriller, "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
1998:
Cast opposite Mike Myers in "54" playing a bartender at the legendary NYC disco
1999:
Co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar and future wife, Reese Witherspoon in "Cruel Intentions"
2000:
Acted in Christopher McQuarrie's feature directorial debut, "The Way of the Gun"
2001:
Starred as a hot shot computer programmer in "Antitrust"
2001:
Played the manservant of a visiting American movie producer in Robert Altman's critically-acclaimed "Gosford Park"
2002:
Co-starred with Kieran Culkin and Susan Sarandon in the satirical black comedy "Igby Goes Down"
2005:
Co-starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations
2006:
Portrayed one of the men who lifted the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"
2007:
Portrayed FBI up-and-comer Eric O┬┐Neill in "Breach" opposite Chris Cooper
2008:
Played a war hero in "Stop-Loss" directed by Kimberly Peirce
2010:
Co-starred with Will Forte in "MacGruber," based on the "SNL" sketch of the same name
2011:
Co-starred as a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder in "The Lincoln Lawyer"
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Education

New Castle Baptist Academy: New Castle , Delaware - 1992

Notes

His last name is pronounced "Fill-lip-pay"

Phillippe founded a production company with Breckin Meyer and Seth Green

On not studying acting, Phillippe told USA TODAY (May 2, 1997): "You can learn anything at any time in this business, if you leave yourself open . . . I want to get to know my proverbial instrument better [through classes], but it just couldn't compare to what I'm learning now from people like Billy Bob [Thornton] and Jeff Bridges."

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wife:
Reese Witherspoon. Actor. Dating from 1997; met at Witherspoon's 21st birthday party; acted together in "Cruel Intentions" (1999); married on June 5, 1999.

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sister:
Kirsten Phillippe.
sister:
Lindsay Phillippe.
sister:
Katelyn Phillippe.
daughter:
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe. Born on September 9, 1999.
son:
Deacon Phillippe. Born on October 23, 2003.
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