Quick Facts Matthew Ryan Phillippe

  • NameMatthew Ryan Phillippe
  • Birth NameMatthew Ryan Phillippe
  • FatherRichard Phillippe (Chemist)
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Birth PlaceNew Castle, Delaware, United States
  • EthnicityWhite
  • ProfessionActor
  • Net Worth$35 Million
  • Eye ColorBlue
  • Hair ColorBlonde
  • MarriedYes
  • Married toReese Witherspoon (m. 1999–2007)
  • ChildrenYes (Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, Kai Knapp, Deacon Reese Phillippe)
  • Siblingskirsten Phillippe, Lindsay Phillippe and Katelyn Phillippe (Sister)
  • DivorceYes (Reese Witherspoon 2007)
  • MoviesCrimson Tide
  • MotherSusan Phillippe


 Matthew Ryan Phillippe is an American actor and director who is mainly known as Ryan Phillippe in the field.He also runs a production company named LUCY Films with his fellow actors Breckin Meyer and Seth Green. Sometimes Matthew even writes and narrates. He also as an executive director and narrator served on a documentary which follows five surfers while they travel New Guinea on Isolated.This documentary was premiered at the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2003.

Family and Early life

His father name was Richard Phillipe, a chemical technician and mother name was Susan, who was a nurse.He spent his childhood with her three sisters. He was fond of watching cartoon, photography and writing.

He was a black belt in Taekwondo. He is 5 feet 9 inch tall.

He used to play soccer and basketball in high school.In his senior year, he was the Yearbook Editor.He was a graduate of New Castle Baptist Academy and is recently in New Castle Christian Academy in New Castle, Delaware.

Career and Inspiration

He started his acting career from ABC daytime drama called “One Life To Live.”He played as a gay teenager in that drama for about a year.After that, he started appearing in several other dramas.

In  1997, he was cast in the horror movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” which made him wider renown.Due to which he was cast in several other films.

He was a huge fan of Frank Sinatra who was an interesting character in history and as a tribute, he kept his dog named after him.He is also a fan of Philadelphia sports team. In The Dark Knight, he was considered for the role of Harvey Dent.He made his feature film debut in Crimson Tide.

He rejected the role of Anakin Skywalker in Starwars due to the age difference between him and Natalie.

Shooting and Producing

Matthew stopped shaving for about three months and started putting on weight for his role in The Way of The Gun as Parker.He beat Cy Young, who pitched and won the first world Series in 1903 which was reported on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

He spent several months for shooting the 10 episode arc on the fifth and final season of TV show Damage.

In 2010, he hosted WWE Raw with Jonathan Swift and Charo. Phillippe and Meyer,In 2010 got a show Showtime as an executive producer.

Marriage and Divorce

Reese Witherspoon and Matthew started dating and engaged in December 1998.At the same year, they paired in film Cruel Intentions together.He became the father of daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe and son Deacon Reese Phillippe.In October 2009, he separated with his wife, Reese Witherspoon.After that, Phillippe was in a relationship with Alexis Knapp.She gave birth to their daughter Kailani Merizalde Phillippe.


Matthew was nominated for I know What You Did Last Summer as a favorite supporting actor. In 2002, Critics Choice Award, he won the best acting ensemble. In the same year, In Online Film Critics Society Awards, he won an award for the best ensemble. He was nominated for best ensemble cast in Gotham Awards in 2005. He also won an award for an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Screen Actors Guild Awards In the year 2006.