Ryan Phillippe is an American actor who is famous for his role in the horror movie, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer.’ He became interested in acting from a relatively young age and does not have any member in the family who hails from the entertainment background. By the time he was 15, Matthew started considering professional acting and luckily for him, he was spotted by a casting agent.
For the next two years of his life, Phillippe was auditioning for various roles before finally landing a modeling job in Philadelphia. Then in no time, he was cast as Billy Douglas in the TV show ‘One Life to Live’. His hard work had started paying off and he was gaining acclaims for his work on small and large screens. Let us now look closely at the life of this amazing actor.
Ryan Phillippe: Early Life and Education
Matthew Ryan Phillippe was born on the 10th of September 1970, in Delaware, America. He was born to mother Susan, who ran a day care center in their house, and father Richard, a chemical technician. Ryan grew up in a pretty middle-class family and has three other siblings- all sisters.
For his education, he went to the local Baptist Academy. He was an amazing athlete who could play basketball and soccer very well. Later, he took a liking to Taekwondo and joined classes, and later got himself a black belt in the martial art. Ryan later graduated from New Castle Christian Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.
At 15, Phillippe started to take acting seriously. And to his delight, he was spotted by an agent when he had gone to a barbershop. The agent took Ryan to New York and started setting out auditions for him. However, he had to settle down with modeling jobs.
Ryan then signed with Cathy Parker Management which was based in New Jersey. Later in 1992, he got a small role in the soap opera ‘One Life to Live’. This was the beginning of his illustrious career.
Ryan Phillippe: Career
Ryan after the soap opera moved to Los Angeles and was cast in many different roles in various small-scale TV shows. In 1995, he got featured in the move ‘Crimson Tide’. However his big break came in the year 1997 when he was cast for the movie, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’. It was a successful film which presented this young actor with new opportunities. He also got a role in the movie ’54’ and starred alongside Neve Campbell and Mike Myers.
Since then he has gone on to portray many different roles. In 2006, he portrayed John Bradley, in 2006 biopic ‘Flags of our Fathers’. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and Phillippe’s performance was acclaimed by several critics.
In 2012, for the first time in his career, Ryan started working as a director in the movie ‘Catch Hell’. For this indie thriller, he also played a role or a film actor planning to escape after being kidnaped while making a movie. According to reports, Ryan has been involving himself with many new projects, including the ‘Chronicle’ which is to be directed by Jay Alaimo.
Ryan Phillippe: Personal Life
In 1997, Ryan met the famous Reese Witherspoon for her 21st birthday party. It was their first meeting and Reese told him that he was her, ‘best birthday present’. Soon, they had started sharing letters and phone calls. The two of them in no time since their first meeting went on for their first date and moved in together. Ryan and the beautiful Reese got engaged in December 1998.
Reese was six months pregnant when they said their vows in June 1999. She gave birth to her daughter Ava Elizabeth n September 1999. Reese was a big name in the Hollywood industry. She was one of the highest paid actresses who won an Oscar. So reportedly, Ryan could not cope with his wife’s success. They had their second child born in 2003 but were struggling as a couple.
Caption: Reese with her Oscars with Ryan.
Finally, in 2006, Reese filed for divorce and asked for sole physical custody of her children. However, Ryan wanted to join custody. They officially split up in October 2007, with both parents granted joint custody of their children.
Since then Ryan has been dating and splitting up with many. He was together with Abbie Cornish, Alexis Knapp Paulina Slagter, and Elsie Hewitt before splitting up with them all.
Ryan Phillippe: Awards and Net Worth
In 2005, Ryan won the Awards Circuit Community Award. He has also been nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award and Csapnivalo Award. During his illustrious career, he has twice won the Critics’ Choice Award. In total, Phillippe has 10 wins and 15 nominations to his name to date.
As of 2018, it has been estimated that Ryan’s net worth is around $ 32 million. He used to own The Gerard R. Colcord-designed estate. Inspired by medieval churches in England, the house was listed for $15.999 million. Phillippe also owns various cars to his collection. He has a Toyota Highlander, a Lexus LS Hybrid, and a Rolls Royce. This famous also owns a Triumph motorcycle. Phillippe is also active on Instagram and has over 650,000 followers.