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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 »

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Capote Truman Capote
Doubt Father Brendan Flynn
Charlie Wilson's War
Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos
The Master
The Master Lancaster Dodd


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 1999 Flawless
 1998 Happiness
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
 1998 Montana
 1996 Hard Eight
Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
 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)
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Other Works:

Directing off-Broadway play "The Glory of Living". 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


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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It's not by going into 'the business,'. The business can't be a thought. You get a foothold because you want to get a foothold as an artist. Your desire, your intensity, has to be about being a great actor or a great painter or a great musician. If that's strong enough, it'll lead you to good teachers and to places where you'll learn. For me, the business wasn't a thought. I was doing a play, and... See more »


No relation to Dustin Hoffman, although both have played Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman." In addition, in the production with Dustin Hoffman, one of his sons was played by Stephen Lang, who also played Freddie Lounds in Manhunter (1986). Philip Seymour Hoffman played that same role in Red Dragon (2002). See more »


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



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