Matthew Ryan Phillippe (born September 10, 1974) was born in New Castle, Delaware, USA and is an actor, director and writer. After his stint as Billy Douglas on ABC's One Life to Live, he quickly rose to fame in the late 90s as a quintessential teen heartthrob after his casting in I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions.
After a slight lull in his career, he began to rise again after his supporting role as the partner of a Dirty Cop in the 2005-Best-Picture Crash. Soon to follow was his role in the critically-acclaimed war film Flags of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood, which is regarded as one of his best performances.
Ryan Phillippe's notable works:The '90s
- One Life to Live
- Crimson Tide
- I Know What You Did Last Summer
- 54 (film about the Coolest Club Ever, Studio 54)
- Cruel Intentions
His career provides examples of:
- Dyeing for Your Art: Gained 25 lbs of muscle and stopped shaving for three months for The Way of the Gun.
- Fake Scot: Plays an apparently Scottish valet in Gosford Park with a questionable accent. He's really an undercover actor from Los Angeles.
- He Really Can Act:
- Older Than He Looks: Even in his late-30s to early-40s, he could probably still easily play any character in their mid or late 20s.
- Playing Against Type: Usually a tough guy or Deadpan Snarker in thrillers or action films, he stars in MacGruber - a parody of such films.
- Playing with Character Type: Playing his usual type of character...in the 1930s in Gosford Park.
- Romance on the Set:
- Star-Making Role: The one-two punches of I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions put him on the map as a teen movie star in the late 90s.
- What Could Have Been:
- He was offered the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, but turned it down, due to the age difference between himself and on-screen love interest Natalie Portman. There is seven years between them, and Natalie was barely eighteen when the second movie was to be filmed.
- He lost out on a role in The Patriot to Heath Ledger.