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Phillippe 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 barber shop. Phillippe,
who was born September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware, has
quickly risen from obscurity to become one of the most talked-about
and drooled-over actors of his generation.
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.
major screen break came with his role in the 1997 sleeper
hit 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 disemboweled 54, a film which showcased
Phillippe's abs over his acting.
54, Phillippe opted to play a naive 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 half-sister
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.
Company Man (2001)
Cruel Intentions/Cruel Intentions 2 (2001)
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Little Boy Blue (1998)
Playing By Heart (1998)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
L Lifeform (1996)
White Squall (1996)
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