Ryan Phillippe, who was born September 10, 1974, in New Castle, DE, climbed from darkness to turn out to be one of the most talked-about actors of his age band, attracting at first many admirers of his good looks, and later fans of risk-taking players.
Ryan Phillippe got his first break on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, on which he represented daytime's first gay teenager, Billy Douglas. The character, which he played from 1992 to 1993, won him both complimentary notices and increasing acknowledgment. After giving up the show to focus on his screen career, he got a small part in 1995 submarine action thriller Crimson Tide. More work -- and more boat tilting action -- followed in 1996 with Ridley Scott's White Squall, in which he was given a vital role at the side of two other up-and-coming actors, Ethan Embry and Scott Wolf. Following this mainstream, big-budget venture, Phillippe took moved for autonomous filmmaking, first with his starring role as an ill-treated trailer-park teen in Little Boy Blue (1997), and then in Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997), as the latest of Araki's trade name ultra-horny boys.
His major screen break came with his role in the standard 1997 smash hit ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, in which he acted along with fellow Next-Big-Things Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The film's triumph, coupled with his disclosure from earlier films, was adequate to push him into two leading roles in 1998, first as a blue-haired club baby in Playing by Heart, and then as a starry-eyed bartender in the gravely disemboweled 54, a film which exhibited his abs over his acting.
Consequently staggering on the edge of all-out superstardom, he hesitated a bit with the late summer 2000 action thriller The Way of the Gun, co-starring Benicio Del Toro. Even though a few saw the film as a stylishly penned consideration on hostility, others brushed it aside as just another post-Tarantino study in surfeit, and the film paled speedily from the box-office -- with the following year's AntiTrust disperse approximately directly following its January 2001 release. But the situations turned for him in the years to come, with connection in films that time after time established dual favor with critics and audiences -- and therefore facilitated the young actor conversion from an extensive standing as a heartthrob to a standing as immeasurably talented dramatist elegance with a sequence of coveted roles. This spin began with the actor's participation in director Robert Altman's seriously worshipped mystery comedy Gosford Park. He as Henry Denton was not amongst the top-billed members of the band cast, but his work shone brilliantly at the side of such celebrities as Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, and Kristin Scott Thomas -- no diminutive accomplishment for a relative newcomer.
The subsequent year, he drew fumes for his work in Burr Steers's sleeper hit Igby Goes Down (2002) -- a profitable and decisive darling -- as the flawed, proud older brother of the heading character. Subsequently, his screen activity turned down just a bit, but he also turns out to be more and more choosy. He star rose elevated with 2005's Best Picture winner Crash, directed by Paul Haggis.
2006 showed a fortuitous year for him. He secured a leading role in director Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, the American half of the director's two-part presentation of the Battle of Iwo Jima as Bradley, a man who studies of his father's bravery in that divergence decades later. In that same year's Lionsgate release Five Fingers, helmed by tenderfoot Laurence Malkin, he plays the tricky role of a sparkling Dutch pianist kidnapped by terrorists and endangered with having his fingers chopped off one by one. Approximately at the same time, he signed on to play Eric O'Neill alongside Chris Cooper and Laura Linney in director Billy Ray's Breach, which the studio scheduled for a 2007 release. The picture, which is actually a docudrama, concerns real-life FBI turncoat Robert Hanssen (Cooper). Phillippe plays the "mole" allocated to catch Hanssen in the act.
In 1997, Ryan Phillippe met Reese Witherspoon and they got engaed in 1998. The duo had a daughter in September 1999 and a son in October 2003. During October 2006, they divorce ater a mutual descision.