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Common misspelling: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Seymor Hoffman, Philip Saymour Hofman


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Philip Seymour Hoffman

July 23, 1967

Fairport, New York

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA-winning American actor.




Born July 23, 1967 (age 39)

 Fairport, New York, United States

Notable roles Lester Bangs in Almost Famous (2000)

Phil Parma in Magnolia (1999)

Jacob Elinsky in 25th Hour (2002)

Truman Capote in Capote (2005)

Academy Awards


Best Actor

2006 Capote




Early life

Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York to Gordon S. Hoffman, a former Xerox executive, and Marilyn O'Connor, a family court judge; he has two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman, who scripted the 2002 film Love Liza, in which Philip starred. Hoffman has Irish heritage;[1] his father was Protestant and his mother was Catholic, but he was not raised heavily in either religion.[2] Hoffman's parents divorced when he was nine years old.[3]


Hoffman received a BFA in drama in 1989 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Soon after graduating, he went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction and has since remained sober.[4]



 Television and film career

One of Hoffman's earliest major roles was as a defendant in a 1990 episode of the television series Law & Order. He made his film breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four feature films, with the most successful film being Scent of a Woman, in which he played a backstabbing classmate of Chris O'Donnell's character. He had been stocking shelves at a city grocery at the time before landing the role and credits the film to kickstarting his career.


Hoffman has established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of noted directors, including Paul Thomas Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Cameron Crowe, Spike Lee, David Mamet, Robert Benton, Todd Solondz and Anthony Minghella; notably, he has appeared in all four of Anderson's feature films to date (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love).


He appeared in Last Party 2000, a documentary about the 2000 U.S. elections.


Throughout his career he has rarely been given a chance to play the lead role. In 2002, however, Hoffman starred as a widower coping with his wife's suicide in Love Liza, for which his brother, Gordy Hoffman, wrote the screenplay. In 2003, he played the lead role in Owning Mahowny as a bank employee who embezzles money to feed his gambling addiction.


He has continued to play supporting parts in such films as Cold Mountain, as a carnally obsessed preacher, Along Came Polly, as Ben Stiller's crude has-been actor buddy, and Mission: Impossible III, as a villainous arms dealer out to kill Ethan Hunt.


Hoffman has distinguished himself by playing a wide contrast of characters including gay characters (Boogie Nights, Flawless and Capote), lonely losers (Happiness), spoiled rich brats (Scent of a Woman and The Talented Mr. Ripley), caring and nurturing figures (Magnolia and Almost Famous), vicious thugs (Punch-Drunk Love and Mission: Impossible III), sensitive artists (State and Main), and so on.


He received his first Emmy Award nomination for the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, but lost to fellow castmate and personal idol Paul Newman. One of Hoffman's earliest roles was as a police deputy who gets punched in the face by Newman in 1994's Nobody's Fool.



 Capote and subsequent awards

In 2005, Hoffman won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. His performance received numerous high-profile accolades and awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In addition, he was also awarded Best Actor by at least ten film critic associations, including the National Board of Review, Toronto Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics.



 Stage career

In addition to his television and film career, Hoffman has been recognized for his work in theater. He has twice been nominated for a Tony Award: as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West opposite John C. Reilly, and for Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Hoffman has also distinguished himself as a director with off-Broadway projects such as Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living at the MCC Theater, and Stephen Adly Guirgis's Jesus Hopped the A Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Hoffman is co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company, along with actor John Ortiz.



 Personal life

Hoffman is in a relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. They met while working on the 1999 play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which Hoffman directed. They have a son, Cooper Alexander, born in March 2003.[5] According to Us Weekly, they are expecting a second child in November 2006.[6]


He is unrelated to fellow Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.




Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) – Klutch

Szuler (1992)

My New Gun (1992) – Chris

Leap of Faith (1992) – Matt

Scent of a Woman (1992) – George Willis, Jr.

Joey Breaker (1993) – Wiley McCall

My Boyfriend's Back (1993) – Chuck Bronski

Money for Nothing (1993) – Cochran

The Getaway (1994) – Frank Hansen

The Yearling (1994) (TV) – Buck

When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) – Gary

Nobody's Fool (1994) – Officer Raymer

The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995) – Bernardo, Horatio & Laertes

Hard Eight (1996) – young craps player

Twister (1996) – Dustin Davis

Boogie Nights (1997) – Scotty J.

Culture (1998) – Bill

Montana (1998) – Duncan

Next Stop Wonderland (1998) – Sean

The Big Lebowski (1998) – Brandt

Happiness (1998) – Allen

Patch Adams (1998) – Mitch Roman

Flawless (1999) – Rusty Zimmerman

Magnolia (1999) – Phil Parma

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – Freddie Miles

Last Party 2000 (2000) – himself

State and Main (2000) – Joseph Turner White

Almost Famous (2000) – Lester Bangs

Love Liza (2002) – Wilson Joel

Punch-Drunk Love (2002) – Dean Trumbell

Red Dragon (2002) – Freddy Lounds

25th Hour (2002) – Jacob Elinsky

Owning Mahowny (2003) – Dan Mahowny

Cold Mountain (2003) – Reverend Veasey

Along Came Polly (2004) – Sandy Lyle

Strangers with Candy (2005) – Henry, Board Of Education

Empire Falls (2005) (miniseries) – Charlie Mayne


Mission: Impossible III (2006) – Owen Davian

The Savages (2007) – Jon Savage

Synecdoche, New York (2007)


Preceded by

Jamie Foxx

for Ray Academy Award for Best Actor


for Capote Succeeded by




  1. ^ Transcript: Inside the Actor's Studio, 2000. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.

  2. ^ PSH Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.

  3. ^ Philip Seymour Hoffman Biography. Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.

  4. ^ "Nominee Hoffman once struggled with drugs", Associated Press, February 16, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.

  5. ^ Clark, John. "Capturing Capote", New York Daily News, September 25, 2005. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.

  6. ^ Hancock, Noelle. "Philip Seymour Hoffman and Girlfriend Expecting Second Child", Us Weekly, June 22, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.




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