Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman


Date of Birth:
Jul 23, 1967

Actor, Producer, Director

Mimi O'Donnell (1999–2013)


Years active:

List Of Awards And Nominations

Feb 2, 2014 (Acute Mixed Drug Intoxication)

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Summary Details

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 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 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 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...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Interview for Charlie Wilson’s War

One of this year’s funniest smart movies that combines a great cast with a brilliant script, Philip Seymour Hoffman talks on Charlie Wilson's War.

Paul Thomas Anderson The Master

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran, Freddie, who...

Capote Movie Review

In November, 1959, Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and a favourite figure in what is soon to be known as the Jet Set,...

Amy Adams Doubt Interview

For the moment, Adams, 34, takes on her most dramatic role to date, in Miramax Films' Doubt. She plays Sister James, the sweetly innocent nun who gets caught up in a...

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is a riveting suspense thriller directed by Sidney Lumet, with outstanding performances from a cast that includes Academy Award...

Laura Linney The Savages Interview

Laura Linney continues to take on roles that show off her diversity, and as she prepares to return to Broadway next season, the actress plays a self-obsessed sibling...

Doubt DVD

Nominated for five Academy Awards®, three BAFTA Nominations, five Golden Globes as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Meryl Streep's outstanding performance,...

George Clooney The Ides Of March

The Ides Of March follows a young press spokesman who falls prey to backroom politics, the treacherous manipulations of veteran operatives and the seduction of a young...

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Yaron Zilberman Performance Interview

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions,...

Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen in District 13...

Phillip Seymour Hoffman Synecdoche New York Interview

Few actors take as many risks as an actor than the formidable Phillip Seymour Hoffman. To be seen later this year in the highly anticipated Doubt, the Oscar winner...

25th Hour

Can you change your whole life in a day? The clock is ticking on Monty Brogan's freedom - in 24 hours, he goes to prison for seven long years. Once a king of...

Owning Mahowny

Polite, mild-mannered Dan Mahowny is an assistant bank manager with a head for numbers, a knack for making decisions, and a devastating appetite for gambling.

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