As an actor, Phillippe starred in many diverse roles beginning with his first film, Disney's White Squall, enabling him to work with acclaimed director Ridley Scott. In his early films, Phillippe was able to work with exceptional actors and directors. Those roles included Little Boy Blue with Natassja Kinski; Gregg Araki's Nowhere (the third film in Araki's controversial trilogy); Homegrown with Billy Bob Thornton; and Playing By Heart with the ensemble cast of Sean Connery, Angelina Jolie and Gena Rowlands.
Starring roles soon followed in the Columbia box office smash I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Miramax's 54 with Mike Meyers.
Phillippe co-starred in Robert Altman's Oscar-nominated film Gosford Park; Igby Goes Down with Susan Sarandon and Kieran Culkin; Anti-Trust for MGM co-starring Tim Robbins; Paramount Classic's Company Man with Sigourney Weaver; Artisan's Way Of The Gun and Miramax's The I Inside.
Phillippe will also star alongside Malin Akerman in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club, a drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. The film will be released on April 22, 2011.
Phillippe can also be seen in Paramount's war-drama Stop Loss, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum. Additionally, Phillippe recently completed filming Franklyn, opposite Eva Green. This neo-noir film is a split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor. It is the story of four lost souls divided by two parallel worlds.
Phillippe's most recent successes include Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers for Dreamworks and Warner Bros; and Universal's Breach starring opposite Chris Cooper. The film, based on real life events, follows an aspiring FBI Agent who is handpicked to work for a renowned operative in the classified intelligence division, where the trainee discovers that his mentor might be the nation's most dangerous security risk.
Phillippe can also be seen in Lionsgate's Academy Award-winning film Crash for director Paul Haggis about a group of strangers who are brought together by a car accident. He can also be seen in the two recent independent features Five Fingers co-starring Laurence Fishburne and Chaos, about two cops in pursuit of an accomplished bank robber.
Phillippe has also formed the production company Lucid Films, with his partner, David Siegal, which is housed by Intermedia Films. Lucid Films produces projects for all mediums. The company's first production is White Boy Shuffle. Phillippe resides in Los Angeles with his two children.
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Ryan Phillippe Facts
|Birth Name||Matthew Ryan Phillippe|
|Birthday||September 10, 1974 (44)|
|Birthplace||New Castle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Height||5' 9" (1m75) How tall is Ryan Phillippe compared to you?|
|The I Inside (2004) as Simon Cable (breakthrough)|
|Igby Goes Down (2002)|
|The Way of the Gun (2000)|
|Cruel Intentions (1999)|
|Playing by Heart (1999)|
|I Know What You Did Last Summer/I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)|
|White Squall (1996)|