Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe
Actor Information
Full name:
  • Matthew Ryan Phillippe
Other name:
  • Ryan Phillipe
  • New Castle, Delaware, USA
  • American
Birth date:
  • September 10, 1974 (age 39)
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Writer
Years Active:
  • 1992–present
Character Information
  • Alive
First Appearance:
Last Appearance:
Appearances Count:
  • 10

Matthew Ryan Phillippe, born September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware, is an American actor who plays the role Ben Crawford in the first season of the American version of "Secrets and Lies".


Phillippe was born in New Castle, Delaware. His mother, Susan (née Thomas), ran a day care center in the family's house, and his father, Richard Phillippe, worked for DuPont. He has three sisters. He attended New Castle Christian Academy, where he played basketball and soccer, as well as earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he was also the Yearbook Editor in his senior year.

As an actor, producer, and writer, Ryan Phillippe has established himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile talents in the industry.

Phillippe recently finished principal photography on his directorial debut, Catch Hell, in which he also co-wrote and produced. The story follows an actor abducted while on location and is inspired by true events.

He can last be seen opposite Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei in Lionsgate's The Lincoln Lawyer. The film centers on a lawyer who conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car will representing a high profile client in Beverly Hills (Phillippe) who isn't quite who he seems to be. Phillippe can also be seen in Steven Silver's The Bang Bang Club, a drama based on true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Phillippe can next be seen in Reclaim, also starring John Cusack and Jackie Weaver. Written by Luke Davies, Reclaim is the story of a young couple that go to Puerto Rico to adopt a Haitian child who mysteriously disappears from their hotel room.

On the silver screen, Phillippe is featured in a reoccurring role in the FX drama Damages, as Channing McClaren. His character is based upon Julian Assange, the founder of the now infamous WikiLeaks, which publishes submissions of secret information, news leaks and classified media from anonymous news sources and whistleblowers.

His 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.

Since his first film, Disney's White Squall with director Ridley Scott, Phillippe has worked with exceptional actors and award winning directors. Other film credits include Robert Altman's Oscar nominated film Gosford Park, Igby Goes Down with Susan Sarandon and Kiren 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.

He could 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, Paramount's war-drama, Stop Loss, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, Universal's MacGrubber with Will Forte and Kristen Wiig and the neo-noir film set in London, Franklyn, opposite Eva Green, 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Crimson Tide (film) Seaman Grattam
1996 White Squall (film) Gil Martin
1996 Lifeform Private Ryan
1997 Nowhere (film) Shad
1997 Little Boy Blue (film) Jimmy West
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Barry William Cox
1998 54 (film) Shane O'Shea
1998 Playing by Heart Keenan
1998 Homegrown (film) Harlan Dykstra
1999 Cruel Intentions Sebastian Valmont
2000 The Way of the Gun Parker
2000 Company Man (film) Petrov
2001 Antitrust (film) Milo Hoffman
2001 Gosford Park Henry Denton
2002 Igby Goes Down Oliver "Ollie" Slocumb
2003 The I Inside Simon Cable Credited as Ryan Phillipe
2004 Crash (2004 film) Officer Tommy Hansen Credited as Ryan Phillipe
2006 Flags of Our Fathers (film) John Bradley (Navy)
2006 Five Fingers (2006 film) Martijn
2006 Chaos (2006 film) Shane Dekker
2007 Breach (film) Eric O'Neill
2008 Stop-Loss (film) SSgt. Brandon King
2009 Franklyn Jonathan Preest / David Esser
2010 MacGruber (film) Lt. Dixon Piper
2011 The Bang-Bang Club (film) Greg Marinovich
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer (film)] Louis Roulet
2011 Setup (film) Vincent
2011 Revenge for Jolly! Bachmeier
2013 Straight A's (film) Scott
2014 Reclaim Post-production
2014 Shreveport Reagan Pearce Post-production
Also director, producer & writer


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 One Life to Live Billy Douglas (One Life to Live) 13 episodes
1993 The Secrets of Lake Success Stew Atkins Mini series
1994 Matlock (TV series) Michael Episode: "List of Matlock episodes Season Nine (1994-1995) The Scandal"
1994 The Case of the Grimacing Governor Robert Fowler Television film
1994 Due South]] Del Porter Episode: "List of Due South episodes Season 1"
1995 Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare Tom Redman Television film
1996 Chicago Hope David Holgren Episode: "Women on the Verge"
1996 The Outer Limits Rusty Dobson Episode: "Straight and Narrow (The Outer Limits)"
2000 King of the Hill Wally Episode: "Twas the Nut Before Christmas" (voice role)
2010 WWE Raw Lt. Dixon Piper Episode: "Monday Night SmackDown"
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Handsome Guy Episode: "Powdered Doughnuts Make Me Go Nuts"
2010 Saturday Night Live Host/Various Episode: "Ryan Phillippe Ke$ha"
2012 Damages (TV series) Channing McClaren Main Cast (Season 5); 10 episodes
2012 The Eric Andre Show Himself Episode: "Ryan Phillippe"
2014 Men at Work (TV series) Himself Episode: "I Take Thee, Gibbs"
2014 Secrets & Lies Ben Crawford Lead Role

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
1999 "Every You Every Me" Placebo
2004 "Hey Ya!" TV Host Outkast



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