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Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967–2014)

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 ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 97 wins & 74 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 Happyish (TV Series)
Thom Payne
- Unaired Pilot (2015) ... Thom Payne
 2013 Back Beyond (Video short)
Lancaster Dodd
 2011 A Child's Garden of Poetry (TV Movie) (voice)
 2009 Arthur (TV Series)
William Filmore Toffman
- No Acting Please/Prunella Deegan and the Disappointing Ending (2009) ... William Filmore Toffman (voice)
 2005 Empire Falls (TV Mini-Series)
Charlie Mayne
 2003 Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)
Dean Trumbell
 1999 Flawless
 1998 Happiness
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
 1998 Montana
 1997 Culture (Short)
 1996 Hard Eight
Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
 1995 The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (Short)
Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes (as Philip S. Hoffman)
 1994 The Yearling (TV Movie)
 1994 Szuler
Martin (as Phil Hoffman)
 1994 The Getaway
Frank Hansen (as Philip Hoffman)
 1993 Money for Nothing
Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)
 1993 My Boyfriend's Back
Chuck Bronski (as Philip Hoffman)
 1993 Joey Breaker
Wiley McCall
 1992 Scent of a Woman
George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)
 1992 Leap of Faith
 1992 My New Gun
 1991 Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole
Klutch (as Phil Hoffman)
 1991 Law & Order (TV Series)
Steven Hanauer
- The Violence of Summer (1991) ... Steven Hanauer (as Philip Hoffman)
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Other Works:

Directed 'Jesus Hopped the A Train', 2001, for the Off-Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, which he helped found. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 24 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Philip S. Hoffman | Philip Hoffman | Phillip Seymour Hoffman | Phil Hoffman


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

Film is a very uncomfortable medium for an actor. It's just not conducive to doing what actors do. The first few days of shooting are like you just getting over the fact that your there. These people and the camera over the shoulder and the light and the boom - you're just going crazy trying to find some kind of center of relaxation and then you can get into a rhythm and it can be very satisfying... See more »


Hoffman was found dead, reportedly from a drug overdose, in his Manhattan apartment on February 2, 2014, exactly one day after the death (from pneumonia) of another Best Actor Oscar winner, 83-year-old Maximilian Schell (for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)). See more »


His characters often ran through a wide range of emotions See more »



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