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Ryan Phillippe

Highest Rated:   87% Crimson Tide (1995)
Lowest Rated:   0% Catch Hell (2014)
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Birthplace:   New Castle, Delaware, USA
With his golden curls, sensuous mouth, and sculpted body, Ryan Phillippe looks more like he was peeled off a Botticelli canvas than "discovered" in a Delaware barbershop. Phillippe, who was born September 10, 1974, in New Castle, DE, rose from obscurity to become one of the most talked-about actors of his generation, attracting at first numerous admirers of his good looks, and later fans of risk-taking performers.Phillippe got his first break on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, on which he portrayed daytime's first gay teenager, Billy Douglas. The role, which he played from 1992 to 1993, won him both favorable notices and increasing recognition. After quitting the show to focus on his screen career, Phillippe got a small part in 1995 submarine action thriller Crimson Tide. More work -- and more boat-oriented action -- followed in 1996 with Ridley Scott's White Squall, in which Phillippe was given a prominent role alongside two other up-and-coming actors, Ethan Embry and Scott Wolf. After this mainstream, big-budget venture, Phillippe took a walk down the yellow brick road of independent filmmaking, first with his starring role as an abused trailer-park teen in Little Boy Blue (1997), and then in Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997), as the latest of Araki's trademark ultra-horny boys.Phillippe's major screen break came with his role in the formulaic 1997 slasher pic I Know What You Did Last Summer, in which he starred alongside fellow Next-Big-Things Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The film's success, coupled with Phillippe's exposure from previous films, was enough to propel 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 critically disembowelled 54, a film which showcased Phillippe's abs over his acting.Following 54, Phillippe opted to play a naïve dope farmer in the obscure Homegrown (1998), in which he co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Hank Azaria. This preceded his next big break as the petulantly seductive trust-fund brat Sebastian Valmont in 1999's Cruel Intentions, a film that was essentially a present-day, all-teen adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as his scheming stepsister and Phillippe's real-life wife-to-be Reese Witherspoon, the film proved to be one of the year's most guilty pleasures, winning Phillippe further acclaim in the hearts and minds of lust-struck women and men alike.Subsequently teetering on the brink of all-out superstardom, Phillippe faltered a bit with the late summer 2000 action thriller The Way of the Gun, co-starring Benicio Del Toro. Though some saw the film as a smartly penned meditation on violence, others brushed it aside as just another post-Tarantino study in excess, and the film faded quickly from the box-office radar -- with the following year's AntiTrust dissipating almost immediately following its January 2001 release. But the tables turned for Phillippe in the years to come, with involvement in films that consistently found dual favor with critics and audiences -- and thus helped the young actor transition from a widespread reputation as a heartthrob to a reputation as an immensely gifted dramatist graced with a succession of plum roles (and suggested a keen instinct for script selection). This turnaround began with the actor's participation in director Robert Altman's critically worshipped mystery comedy Gosford Park. Phillippe (as Henry Denton) was not among the top-billed members of the ensemble cast, but his work shone brightly alongside such luminaries as Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, and Kristin Scott Thomas -- no small feat for a relative newcomer. The following year, Phillippe drew raves for his work in Burr Steers's sleeper hit Igby Goes Down (2002) -- a commercial and critical indie darling -- as the spoiled, conceited older brother of the title character. Thereafter, Phillippe's

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
18% Wish Upon
  • Jonathan Shannon
$14.1M 2017
13% Return to Sender
  • UPS Delivery Guy
2015
0% Catch Hell
  • Reagan Pearch
2014
0% Reclaim
  • Steven
2014
No Score Yet Isolated
  • Actor
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Straight A's
  • Scott
2013
No Score Yet Revenge for Jolly!
  • Bachmeier
2012
49% The Bang Bang Club
  • Greg Marinovich
2011
83% The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Louis Roulet
$58M 2011
No Score Yet Setup
  • Vincent
2011
47% MacGruber
  • Lieutenant Dixon Piper
$8.1M 2010
59% Franklyn
  • Jonathan Preest
2008
64% Stop-Loss
  • Brandon King
$10.8M 2008
84% Breach
  • Eric O'Neill
$33M 2007
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • John Bradley
$33.6M 2006
No Score Yet Five Fingers
  • Martijn
2006
No Score Yet Chaos
  • Det. Shane Dekker
2005
43% The I Inside
  • Simon Cable
2005
75% Crash
  • Off. Tom Hansen
$55.4M 2004
75% Igby Goes Down
  • Oliver
$4.7M 2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Henry Denton
$41.3M 2001
14% Company Man
  • Rudolph Petrov
2001
24% Antitrust
  • Milo Hoffman
$11M 2001
48% The Way of the Gun
  • Parker
$5.3M 2000
49% Cruel Intentions
  • Sebastian Valmont
1999
60% Playing by Heart
  • Keenan
1998
25% Little Boy Blue
  • Jimmy West/Danny Knight
1998
47% Homegrown
  • Harlan
1998
35% I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Barry Cox
1997
27% Nowhere
  • Shad
1997
No Score Yet Lifeform
  • Private Ryan
1996
60% White Squall
  • Gil Martin
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Seaman Grattam
1995
No Score Yet Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare
  • Tom Redman
1995
No Score Yet Last Battle Dreamer
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Milton
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
44% Shooter
2016
  • Producer
  • Bob Lee Swagger
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
36% Secrets and Lies
2015-2016
  • Ben Garner Ben Crawford
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
  • 2015
  • 2014
8% Men at Work
2012-2013
  • Actor
  • 2014
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • McClaren
  • 2012
No Score Yet Nick Swardson's Pretend Time
2010-2011
  • Handsome Guy
  • 2010
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002

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