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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 & 99 nominations. See more awards »

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The Master
The Master Lancaster Dodd
Capote Truman Capote
Charlie Wilson's War
Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos
Almost Famous
Almost Famous Lester Bangs


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 2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Plutarch Heavensbee
 2015 Happyish (TV Series)
Thom Payne
- Unaired Pilot (2015) ... Thom Payne
 2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Plutarch Heavensbee
 2014 A Most Wanted Man
Günther Bachmann
 2014 God's Pocket
Mickey Scarpato
 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Plutarch Heavensbee
 2013 Back Beyond (Video short)
Lancaster Dodd
 2012 A Late Quartet
Robert Gelbart
 2012 The Master
Lancaster Dodd
 2011 Moneyball
Art Howe
 2011 The Ides of March
Paul Zara
 2011 A Child's Garden of Poetry (TV Movie) (voice)
 2010 Jack Goes Boating
 2009 Arthur (TV Series)
William Filmore Toffman
- No Acting Please/Prunella Deegan and the Disappointing Ending (2009) ... William Filmore Toffman (voice)
 2009 The Invention of Lying
Jim the Bartender
 2009 Pirate Radio
The Count
 2009 Mary and Max
Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)
 2008/I Doubt
Father Brendan Flynn
 2008 Synecdoche, New York
Caden Cotard
 2007 Charlie Wilson's War
Gust Avrakotos
 2007 The Savages
Jon Savage
 2006 Mission: Impossible III
Owen Davian
 2005 Capote
Truman Capote
 2005 Empire Falls (TV Mini-Series)
Charlie Mayne
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Charlie Mayne
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Charlie Mayne
 2005 Strangers with Candy
 2004 Along Came Polly
Sandy Lyle
 2003 Cold Mountain
Reverend Veasey
 2003 Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)
Dean Trumbell
 2003 Owning Mahowny
Dan Mahowny
 2002 25th Hour
Jacob Elinsky
 2002 Red Dragon
Freddy Lounds
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love
Dean Trumbell
 2002 Love Liza
Wilson Joel
 2000 Almost Famous
Lester Bangs
 2000 State and Main
Joseph Turner White
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley
Freddie Miles
 1999 Magnolia
Phil Parma
 1999 Flawless
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video short)
Phil Parma
 1998 Patch Adams
 1998 Happiness
 1998 The Big Lebowski
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
 1998 Montana
 1997 Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series)
Joseph Plumb Martin
- The Times That Try Men's Souls: 1776-1777 (1997) ... Joseph Plumb Martin
- Oh, Fatal Ambition: 1777-1778 (1997) ... Joseph Plumb Martin
- The Reluctant Revolutionaries: 1763-1774 (1997) ... Joseph Plumb Martin
- Blows Must Decide: 1774-1776 (1997) ... Joseph Plumb Martin
 1997 Culture (Short)
 1997 Boogie Nights
Scotty J.
 1997 Michael Penn: Try (Video short)
 1996 Twister
Dustin Davis
 1996 Hard Eight
Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
 1995 The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (Short)
Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes (as Philip S. Hoffman)
 1994 Nobody's Fool
Officer Raymer
 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:

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

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 8 Interviews | 26 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:

Actors are responsible to the people we play. I don't label or judge. I just play them as honestly and expressively and creatively as I can, in the hope that people who ordinarily turn their heads in disgust instead think, 'What I thought I'd feel about that guy, I don't totally feel right now' ". -- On his responsibility as an actor. See more »


While working as a lifeguard, he once met musician Miles Davis. Davis appeared in an episode of the television series Crime Story (1986), and shared a scene with Stephen Lang. Lang appeared in Manhunter (1986) as Freddy Lounds, the character Hoffman played in Red Dragon (2002). See more »


His sluggish, almost listless way of talking See more »



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