Date of Birth: September 10th 1974
Discovered while getting a haircut in his native Delaware, Ryan Phillippe's interest in acting began at 13 when he saw Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967). After moving to New York at 17, he began his professional career on daytime television with a role on ABC's soap One Life to Live.
Phillippe cemented his placement among the ranks of the teen elite with his turn as arrogant jock Barry Cox in the Kevin Williamson-penned horror film, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). Also starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr., the film became a sleeper hit that boosted the careers of its young leads.
He proved he was truly bankable, however, with Cruel Intentions (1999), Roger Kumble's modern updating of the classic French play Dangerous Liaisons. With devious sex appeal, Phillippe won critical acclaim and scores of new fans for his role as the petulant but sexy Sebastian. The film also gave Phillippe the chance to co-star with Reese Witherspoon, whom he married in June 1999, and with whom he has a daughter and a son. Unfortunately, their marriage fell apart in October 2006 when it became clear that he'd had an affair.