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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)
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;
his father was Protestant and his mother was Catholic, but he was not raised
heavily in either religion. Hoffman's parents divorced when he was nine years
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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. According to Us Weekly, they are expecting a second child in November
He is unrelated to fellow Academy Award winner
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) Klutch
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
Empire Falls (2005) (miniseries) Charlie Mayne
Capote (2005) Truman Capote ACADEMY AWARD FOR
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Mission: Impossible III (2006) Owen Davian
The Savages (2007) Jon Savage
Synecdoche, New York (2007)
for Ray Academy Award for Best Actor
for Capote Succeeded by
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^ "Nominee Hoffman once struggled
with drugs", Associated Press, February 16, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.
^ Clark, John. "Capturing
Capote", New York Daily News, September 25, 2005. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.
^ Hancock, Noelle. "Philip
Seymour Hoffman and Girlfriend Expecting Second Child", Us Weekly, June 22,
2006. Retrieved on 2006-11-01.
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