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Matthew Ryan Phillippe

Birthplace: New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of <private> Phillippe and <private> Phillippe (Thomas)
Ex-husband of Reese Witherspoon; <private> Slagter and <private> Cornish
Father of <private> Phillippe; <private> Phillippe and Minor Child
Brother of <private> Phillippe; <private> Phillippe and <private> Phillippe

Occupation: American Actor, Businessperson, Film Producer, Film director, Screenwriter
Managed by: David William Stein
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Immediate Family

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    • <private> Knapp
    • Minor Child
    • <private> Slagter
    • <private> Cornish
    • <private> Phillippe (Thomas)
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About Ryan Phillippe

American actor Ryan Phillippe began his career as daytime television's first openly gay male teen Billy Douglas on One Life to Live and rose to fame in the late 1990s starring in a string of films, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions and 54.

He was born Matthew Ryan Phillippe on September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware. His mother, Susan (née Thomas), ran a day care center in the family's house, and his father, Richard Phillippe, worked for DuPont. Phillippe is of part French descent. He has three sisters. He attended New Castle Baptist Academy, where he played basketball and soccer, as well as earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do; he was also the Yearbook Editor in his senior year.

Phillippe's career began with an appearance in ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. His character Billy Douglas, whom he played from 1992 to 1993, was the first gay teenager on a daytime soap opera. After leaving the show, Phillippe moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared in a number of small parts in various television series including Matlock, the TV mini-series The Secrets of Lake Success, and movies, including the 1995 film Crimson Tide and the 1996 film White Squall.

He was cast in the 1997 horror film, I Know What You Did Last Summer, which co-starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The film was a success, and led to Phillippe gaining wider renown and being cast in a few more high-profile films, including 54 in 1998 opposite Neve Campbell, Salma Hayek and Mike Myers. In 1999 he starred in Cruel Intentions, a modern retelling of the Choderlos de Laclos novel, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which also starred Phillippe's future wife, Reese Witherspoon, as well as his I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was a success among its intended teenage audience, cementing Phillippe's ability to play characters that require sex appeal. Phillippe can also be seen in the Marcy Playground music video "Comin' Up From Behind", which also appears on the film's soundtrack.

Like Witherspoon, Phillippe worked diligently to shed his teen-idol image, choosing challenging supporting parts in indies (Gosford Park, Igby Goes Down, the Oscar-winning Crash) as opposed to hollow Hollywood fare. Though he and Witherspoon, the parents of two children, split in 2006, the actor has continued to appear in both critically and commercially successful films.

Phillippe's role as Navy corpsman John "Doc" Bradley gave him the chance to stretch as an actor under the direction of Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood in the World War II epic, Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Film critic Richard Roeper singled out Phillippe's portrayal as the best of his career.

Phillippe was now steadily receiving offers to work with highly-respected directors in varied dramatic roles, and he delivered the goods again with Breach (2007). The film was based on the true story of an FBI operative (Chris Cooper) convicted of spying for the Soviet Union, and was hailed by critics who were up in arms that the film had been released at the slowest time of the year with little promotion. Phillippe followed up with a starring role in Stop-Loss (2008), the story of a returning Iraq war soldier from Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Pierce.

He even broadened his range to include comedy with his appearance in the buddy flick MacGruber (2010), which was inspired by a Saturday Night Live sketch.

Phillippe, Breckin Meyer, Seth Green, and David E. Siegal run a production company called Lucid Films. In 2010, Phillippe and Meyer began "getting a show going for Showtime", serving as executive producers. The comedy, Heavy and Rolling, tells the story of a Manhattan towncar driver who assumes different identities as he moves towards madness. Phillippe also served as executive producer and narrator on Isolated, a 2010 documentary that follows five surfers as they travel to remote New Guinea in search of untouched waves.

Personal Life

In 1997, Phillippe met Witherspoon at her 21st birthday party. They began dating and married on June 5, 1999, in a small ceremony on a plantation near North Charleston, South Carolina, when she was six months pregnant. On September 9, 1999, Witherspoon gave birth to their daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, after actress Ava Gardner. Their son, Deacon Reese Phillippe was born on October 23, 2003 and named after Phillippe's distant relative, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Deacon Phillippe, a baseball player at the turn of the 20th century.

On October 30, 2006, Phillippe and Witherspoon released a statement announcing that they had decided to formally separate. After more than seven years of marriage, Witherspoon filed for divorce from her husband on November 8, 2006, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause. In light of the couple's lack of a prenuptial agreement, she requested that the court refuse to grant spousal support to Phillippe, and asked for joint legal custody and sole physical custody of the pair's two children. Phillippe filed for joint physical custody of the children on May 15, 2007, and did not seek any spousal support. The couple's marriage officially ended on October 5, 2007, with final divorce arrangements settled on June 13, 2008, according to court documents. The couple have joint custody of their children.

Phillippe began dating Australian actress Abbie Cornish in 2007 after meeting on the set of Stop-Loss. They split up in February 2010.

He subsequently dated model Alexis Knapp in the summer of 2010, before splitting in September 2010. After the break-up, Knapp discovered that she was pregnant, and gave birth on July 1, 2011 to a daughter, Kailani Merizalde Phillippe Knapp. Phillippe was present during the birth.

Sources: Wikipedia, Yahoo! Movies, TV Guide

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Ryan Phillippe's Timeline

September 10, 1974
New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, United States