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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 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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 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
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video short)
Phil Parma
 1998 Happiness
 1998 Next Stop Wonderland
 1998 Montana
 1997 Culture (Short)
 1997 Michael Penn: Try (Video 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 Brett C. Leonard's play "The Long Red Road" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, starring Tom Hardy and Chris McGarry. 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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Personal Quote:

My favorite thing about acting is being alone and going through the scripts and working on it and getting ideas and asking myself questions, looking outside myself for them and researching and getting to the bottom of something and being creative with it as an actor and how to express it in a creative fashion. That's my favorite part. And,the actual acting of it. See more »


Upon accepting his Oscar for Capote (2005), Hoffman asked everyone to congratulate his mother, because "She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that.". See more »


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



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