Bob Lee Swagger
played by Ryan Phillippe
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Born the son of a Medal of Honor-winning Marine, Bob Lee Swagger followed his father's footsteps into the Corps and became the greatest sniper in the history of the U.S. Marines, earning himself the nickname "Bob the Nailer." After several successful tours and countless heroic (though not always authorized) actions, Bob Lee was wounded in battle, both physically and psychologically -- shot through the hip by the same sniper who killed his spotter and best friend, Donny Fenn. 

Now three years after the shooting, the former Gunnery Sergeant is retired and living a quiet life with his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Mary, in Washington State. But while he no longer wears the uniform of a Marine, Bob Lee still has the heart of a warrior, and he's still the best man behind a long gun. Indeed, it's these qualities that send his former Marine commander, Isaac Johnson, calling for help when a sniper threatens to assassinate the President.  Unable to refuse the call to defend his country, Bob Lee agrees and finds himself the patsy in a massive conspiracy with world-changing stakes. To clear his name, he will have to evade the untold resources of both the U.S. Government and the conspirators and unravel the plot behind the assassination, all the while keeping his family safe -- an impossible task for any man. But he's not any man. He's Bob Lee Swagger. He's a Marine.

Ryan Phillippe stars in USA Network’s new conspiracy thriller Shooter as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action by his former commanding officer Isaac Johnson (Omar Epps, House). 

A multiple award-winning actor, Phillippe most recently appeared on television in Secrets and Lies where he starred opposite Juliette Lewis. Previously, he was seen on Damages playing Channing McClaren in the acclaimed drama’s final season. In his directorial debut, Phillippe also co-wrote, produced and starred in Catch Hell. Recent film credits include his role opposite Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei in The Lincoln Lawyer, Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club, Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and Breach starring opposite Chris Cooper.  

Since the film White Squall with director Ridley Scott, Phillippe has worked with top-level caliber talent, including  Robert Altman’s Oscar-nominated film Godsford Park, Igby Goes Down, Antitrust co-starring Tim Robbins, Company Man with Sigourney Weaver, The Way of the Gun, The I Inside, and the Academy Award-winning film Crash directed by Paul Haggis.   

Phillippe can also be seen in Paramount’s war-drama Stop-Loss, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, MacGruber with Will Forte and Kristen Wiig and box office smash hits; I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions, and 54 with Mike Myers.