Philip Winchester quickly rose up the ranks in Hollywood by delivering deft and versatile performances, whether the role called for him to play a dashing hero or a cunning villain. The American actor first made waves with supporting roles in feature films like the World War I drama "Flyboys" (2006) opposite James Franco. Winchester further gained critical acclaim for his Shakespearean turn on "Great Performances" (PBS, 1971- ) in a 2008 production of "King Lear" opposite Sir Ian McKellen . That year also saw the chiseled and dashing star land the title role on NBC's "Crusoe" (2008-09), about the fabled shipwrecked character. Even though this project was short-lived, Winchester expanded his repertoire to include science-fiction fantasy miniseries and action-filled films. In 2011, the actor displayed true grit and charisma with a powerhouse portrayal of a British operative on "Strike Back" (Cinemax, 2010- ), a role that established Winchester's potential to carry a major project, whatever the genre.