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Philip Seymour Hoffman

1967-07-23 Fairport, New York, USA

Image of Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles–typically lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits—Hoffman acted in many films, including leading roles, from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in Scent of a Woman (1992), Boogie Nights (1997), Happiness (1998), Patch Adams (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), and Along Came Polly (2004). He began to occasionally play leading roles, and for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote (2005), won multiple accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman's profile continued to grow and he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt (2008), and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master (2012). While he mainly worked in independent films, including The Savages (2007) and Synecdoche, New York (2008), Hoffman also appeared in Flawless (1999), and Hollywood blockbusters such as Twister (1996) and Mission: Impossible III (2006), and in one of his final roles, as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games series (2013–15). The feature Jack Goes Boating (2010) marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was also an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he directed, produced, and appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays—True West in 2000, Long Day's Journey into Night in 2003, and Death of a Salesman in 2012—all led to Tony Award nominations. ​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Starring Austin Pendleton 2016-04-01
Straight From The Heart: A Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman Self (Archive Footage) 2015-03-06
The Making of A Most Wanted Man Himself 2015-02-27
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Plutarch Heavensbee 2015-11-18
A Most Wanted Man Günther Bachmann 2014-07-25
And the Oscar Goes To... Self (archive footage) 2014-02-01
God's Pocket Mickey Scarpato 2014-05-09
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Plutarch Heavensbee 2014-11-19
Discord and Harmony: Creating a Late Quartet Self 2013-02-05
Salinger Self - Actor 2013-09-06
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Plutarch Heavensbee 2013-11-15
The Master Lancaster Dodd 2012-09-07
Moneyball: Playing the Game Self 2012-01-10
A Late Quartet Robert Gelbart 2012-11-02
The Ides of March Paul Zara 2011-09-24
Moneyball Art Howe 2011-09-23
A Child's Garden of Poetry 2011-04-28
Restoring a Masterpiece: The Renovation of Eastman Theatre Narrator (voice) 2010-04-13
Jack Goes Boating Jack 2010-09-17
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Self 2009-01-16
The Invention of Lying Jim the Bartender 2009-09-13
Mary and Max Max Jerry Horovitz (voice) 2009-02-09
The Boat That Rocked The Count 2009-04-01
Doubt: Stage to Screen Himself 2009-04-07
Synecdoche, New York Caden Cotard 2008-10-24
Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made 2008-04-15
Doubt Father Brendan Flynn 2008-02-27
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Andy Hanson 2007-09-26
Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos 2007-12-19
The Savages Jon Savage 2007-01-19
Making Capote: Concept to Script Self 2006-03-21
Truman Capote: Answered Prayers Self 2006-03-21
Strangers with Candy Henry 2006-07-28
Mission: Impossible III Owen Davian 2006-04-25
Capote Truman Capote 2005-09-30
Along Came Polly Sandy Lyle 2004-01-16
Owning Mahowny Dan Mahowny 2003-05-02
Mattress Man Commercial Dean Trumbull 2003-07-02
Cold Mountain Reverend Veasey 2003-12-24
Red Dragon Freddy Lounds 2002-10-02
25th Hour Jacob Elinsky 2002-12-19
Love Liza Wilson Joel 2002-12-30
Punch-Drunk Love Dean Trumbell 2002-10-25
Last Party 2000 2001-11-02
Inside 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Self 2000-06-27
Reflections on 'the Talented Mr. Ripley' 2000-01-01
State and Main Joseph Turner White 2000-08-26
Almost Famous Lester Bangs 2000-09-15
That Moment: Magnolia Diary Self 2000-01-01
Magnolia Phil Parma 1999-12-10
Flawless Rusty 1999-11-26
The Talented Mr. Ripley Freddie Miles 1999-12-25
Next Stop Wonderland Sean 1998-08-21
Montana Duncan 1998-01-16
The Big Lebowski Brandt 1998-03-06
Happiness Allen 1998-10-16
Patch Adams Mitch Roman 1998-12-25
Boogie Nights Scotty J. 1997-10-07
Culture Bill 1997-10-01
Hard Eight Young Craps Player 1997-02-28
Twister Dustin Davis 1996-05-10
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet Bernardo, Horatio & Laertes 1995-01-01
The Getaway Frank Hansen 1994-02-11
When a Man Loves a Woman Gary 1994-04-29
It Is Now Our Time: Peter Sellars’ The Merchant of Venice Launcelot Gobbo 1994-12-31
Nobody's Fool Officer Raymer 1994-12-23
Szuler Martin 1994-03-10
The Yearling Buck 1994-04-24
Joey Breaker Wiley McCall 1993-03-04
Money for Nothing Cochran 1993-09-10
My Boyfriend's Back Chuck Bronski 1993-08-06
My New Gun Chris 1992-10-26
Leap of Faith Matt 1992-12-18
Triple Bogey On A Par Five Hole Klutch 1992-03-21
Scent of a Woman George Willis, Jr. 1992-12-23