Ryan Phillippe first gained attention for his groundbreaking role as daytime television's first openly gay male teen on "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1968-2012). By the end of the 1990s, he had become one of the hottest stars on the twenty-something radar. Teen-oriented hits like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) and "Cruel Intentions" (1999) gave the chiseled blond actor instant box office cred, but he wisely tempered the multiplex hits with strong performances in smart fare like "Gosford Park" (2001), "The Way of the Gun" (2000), and "Igby Goes Down" (2002), assuring himself a wider range of opportunities and a promising future. It did not hurt his profile that, following the shooting of "Cruel Intentions," Phillippe fell in love with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon, whose star rose during their seemingly happy marriage. After rumors of infidelity on his part flew in the press, the couple shockingly filed for divorced in 2006 after seven years of marriage, leaving the actor to pick up the pieces by regaining his onscreen footing with impressive turns in the dramas "Stop-Loss" (2008) and "Breach" (2007), as well as the comedy, "MacGruber" (2010). Thanks to strong performances in a wide array of roles, Phillippe was a popular performer in demand by both Hollywood and audiences alike.