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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 88 wins & 98 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Capote
Capote Truman Capote
(2005)
Doubt
Doubt Father Brendan Flynn
(2008)
Charlie Wilson's War
Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos
(2007)
The Master
The Master Lancaster Dodd
(2012)

Filmography

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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
Rusty
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video short)
Phil Parma
 1998 Happiness
Allen
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
Sean
 1998 Montana
Duncan
 1997 Culture (Short)
Bill
 1997 Michael Penn: Try (Video short)
Assistant
 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)
Buck
 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
Matt
 1992 My New Gun
Chris
 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:

Sings on a version The Fenwicks' song "Can You Tell You Me". See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 25 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

Acting is so difficult for me that, unless the work is of a certain stature in my mind, unless I reach the expectations I have of myself, I'm unhappy. Then it's a miserable existence. I'm putting a piece of myself out there. If it doesn't do anything, I feel so ashamed. I'm afraid I'll be the kind of actor who thought he would make a difference and didn't. Right now, though, I feel like I made a ... See more »

Trivia:

After winning his Oscar for Capote (2005), he had been working with a filmmaker from his former high school in Fairport, New York, helping him with his project. See more »

Trademark:

His sluggish, almost listless way of talking See more »

Nickname:

Phil

Star Sign:

Leo

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