Philip Seymour Hoffman


23 Jul 1967


Fairport, New York, USA


Film and stage actor and theater director Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. He was the son of Marilyn (Loucks), a lawyer and judge, and Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a Xerox employee, and was mostly of German, Irish, English and Dutch ancestry. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions like Scent of a Woman (1992) and Twister (1996), his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen's finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz's Happiness (1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and Mission: Impossible III (2006). Hoffman was also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard's "True West" and as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill (I)'s "Long Day's Journey into Night". His other acting credits in the New York theater include "The Seagull" (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), "Defying Gravity", "The Merchant of Venice" (directed by Peter Sellars), "Shopping and F*@%ing" and "The Author's Voice" (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed "Our Lady of 121st Street" by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings" and "Jesus Hopped the A Train" by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and "The Glory of Living" by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company. Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role. On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in an apartment in Greenwich village, New York. Investigators found Hoffman with a syringe in his arm and two open envelopes of heroin next to him. Mr. Hoffman was long known to struggle with addiction. In 2006, he said in an interview with "60 Minutes" that he had given up drugs and alcohol many years earlier, when he was age 22. In 2013, he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his briefly turning again to heroin.

Actor ( 104 credits )

Starring Austin Pendleton (2016) Himself
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Plutarch Heavensbee
Happyish (2015)  Thom Payne (unknown episodes)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Plutarch Heavensbee
A Most Wanted Man (2014) Günther Bachmann
God's Pocket (2014) Mickey Scarpato
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Plutarch Heavensbee
Salinger (2013) Himself
The Frame (2013)  Plutarch Heavensbee (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013
A Late Quartet (2012) Robert Gelbart
The Master (2012) Lancaster Dodd
Too Young to Die (2012)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
The Ides of March (2011) Paul Zara
Moneyball (2011) Art Howe
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
Jack Goes Boating (2010) Jack
Made Here (2010)  Himself
Pirate Radio (2009) The Count
The Invention of Lying (2009) Jim the Bartender
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009) Himself
Mary and Max (2009) Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Moving Pictures Live! (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
A World for Inclusion (2008) Himself
Doubt (2008) Father Brendan Flynn
Synecdoche, New York (2008) Caden Cotard
Charlie Wilson's War (2007) Gust Avrakotos
The Savages (2007) Jon Savage
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) Andy
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Plutarch Heavensbee in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fir
Kinotipp (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Mission: Impossible III (2006) Owen Davian
Capote (2005) Truman Capote
Strangers with Candy (2005) Henry
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Instant Talk Show (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Film Trix 2004 (2004) Himself
Along Came Polly (2004) Sandy Lyle
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2010)
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Henry's Film Corner (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Cold Mountain (2003) Reverend Veasey
Owning Mahowny (2003) Dan Mahowny
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
25th Hour (2002) Jacob Elinsky
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Dean Trumbell
Red Dragon (2002) Freddy Lounds
Love Liza (2002) Wilson Joel
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Cinetipp (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Der Kabel 1 Kinotipp (2002) (1 episode, 2009)
Last Party 2000 (2001) Himself - Narrator
State and Main (2000) Joseph Turner White
Almost Famous (2000) Lester Bangs
Magnolia (1999) Phil Parma
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Freddie Miles
Flawless (1999) Rusty
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
The Early Show (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Patch Adams (1998) Mitch
The Big Lebowski (1998) Brandt
Next Stop Wonderland (1998) Sean
Montana (1998) Duncan
Happiness (1998) Allen
Boogie Nights (1997) Scotty J.
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006)
Culture (1997) Bill
Twister (1996) Dustin Davis
Hard Eight (1996) Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Arthur (1996)  Will Toffman (1 episode, 2009)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2008)
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995) Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes (as Philip S. Hoffman)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Nobody's Fool (1994) Officer Raymer
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) Gary
Szuler (1994) Martin
The Getaway (1994) Frank Hansen (as Philip Hoffman)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Money for Nothing (1993) Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)
My Boyfriend's Back (1993) Chuck Bronski (as Philip Hoffman)
Joey Breaker (1993) Wiley McCall
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
Scent of a Woman (1992) George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
Leap of Faith (1992) Matt
My New Gun (1992) Chris
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) Klutch (as Phil Hoffman)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2000-2008)
Law & Order (1990)  Steven Hanauer (1 episode, 1991)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Actor (segment "Philip Seymour Hoffman") (2
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)

Producer ( 5 credits )

Happyish (2015) executive producer (unknown episodes)
God's Pocket (2014) producer
Candlesticks (2011) associate producer
Jack Goes Boating (2010) executive producer
Capote (2005) executive producer

Director ( 1 credit )

Jack Goes Boating (2010)