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Ryan Phillippe - Biography

Reese Witherspoon shares two children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe

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Actor Ryan Phillippe was married to Reese Witherspoon from 1999 to 2008, and the couple share two children together, Ava who was born in September 1999, and Deacon who was welcomed into the family in 2003.

Ryan is best known for his role of Billy Douglas in daytime soap One Life To Live, as well as appearing in I Know What You Did Last Summer, where he was cast alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California © Steve Granitz
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon

He also put in an acclaimed performance as the leading man in Clint Eastwood's war drama Flags Of Our Fathers. For Ryan, whose grandfathers had fought in WWII, the movie was the "best experience" of his career. His portrayal of John "Doc" Bradley made an impression on the critics, too, with Rolling Stone magazine hailing it as the film's "emotional centre" and describing it as "hauntingly implosive".

Reese and Ryan continue to co-parent successfully, and they often come together to support their children, such as at Deacon's high school graduation back in June 2022 and the launch of his musical career.

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