Sep. 10th, 1974
New Castle, Delaware, USA
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Matthew Ryan Phillippe (born September 10, 1974) is an American actor, director, and writer.
His childhood was spent in New Castle, Delaware, with three sisters, Kirsten, Lindsay, and Katelyn. Phillippe's acting career began with the soap opera One Life to Live (1968). It was no small role. His character, Billy Douglas, was US daytime television's first gay teenager. Billy struggled with coming out issues and the town's anti-gay reactions. After several other television appearances and he began appearing in movies of his own, Nowhere (1997), White Squall (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
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.
Reese Witherspoon (June 5, 1999 ~ June 13, 2008) (divorced) 2 children
(On working and being with Reese Witherspoon on the film Cruel Intentions (1999)): It was great. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. Not only personally but professionally. She was an asset to the movie and we begged her to do it. She didn't have as colorful a role as Sarah's and mine, but she did an amazing job. Really elevated the piece.
(On starting a family with Reese): "It just makes so many other things insignificant. It is the most incredible thing that has happened to me, and I feel so lucky to have found the person I want to be with, and to be prepared and enthusiastic".
(About ex-wife Reese Witherspoon): The person I trust most in this world is Reese, definitely. She's that pure-hearted a person, and that honest. And I would never suspect her of any wrong.
People keep trying to make me a movie star but they just don't understand. I'm not a movie star, I'm an actor.
I will no longer be an actor to hire, I have a passion for producing and making films.
(About his daughter, Ava): She is a relief from all the stress in my life; everyday she does something new and it is so amazing.
Music is my greatest love. If I could play an instrument I would be a musician.
I have good taste, that's the one thing I'm cocky about.
I secretly sing Frank Sinatra songs in the shower.
Things like my baby and my wife are a lot more important to me than being in one of the top ten grossing movies of all time.
I think who Reese is sort of radiates and emanates. She's incredibly conscientious, kind and good to people. She has a perspective that extends far beyond her own personal gain, and I think that's an impressive thing.
(On life and family before his divorce): Home life's great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I've reached this sort of wonderful precipice. I've been in this business for a long time at my age, I've just turned 30, and I feel like my wife's career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we've both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live. And now I'm ready to work on my stuff, my career. I feel like everything's taken care of. I'm just in a really good place.