10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ryan Phillippe

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Ryan Phillippe first made a name for himself in Hollywood because of his boyish good looks, but it was his supporting roles in films like Gosford Park, Igby Goes Down, Crash and Flags of Our Father that established him as a talented actor and not just another pretty face. Since he has a big birthday coming up, we have 10 things you didn’t know about the actor:

10. Upbringing

Matthew Ryan Phillippe was born in New Castle, Delaware on September 10, 1974 to Susan, a nurse who ran a daycare, and Richard, who was a chemist. He has three sisters, Kirsten, Lindsay and Katelyn. He attended New Castle Baptist Academy where he played basketball and soccer and was the Yearbook Editor for his senior year.

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9. Almost a Soldier

During the Gulf War, he almost joined the armed forces. “Out of high school, I didn’t have a ton of options because my grades weren’t the best and I didn’t come from money,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “When I graduated, it was around the time of the first Gulf War and I did go and sit in a recruitment office and got the T-shirt and everything.” While his friend who went with him to the recruitment office ended up serving in the Gulf War, Phillippe instead moved to New York to become an actor.

©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett Collection

©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett Collection

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