Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor, Director, Waiter
Widely recognized as one of the strongest stage and film actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered knockout supporting roles in films like "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Magnolia" (1999) and "Almost Famous" ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1967 in Fairport, New York, USA


Actor (68)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

Plutarch Heavensbee (Actor)

A Most Wanted Man 2014 (Movie)

Günther Bachmann (Actor)

God's Pocket 2014 (Movie)

Mickey Scarpato (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Plutarch Heavensbee (Actor)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Plutarch Heavensbee (Actor)

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Robert Gelbart (Actor)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

Lancaster Dodd (Actor)

Moneyball 2011 (Movie)

Art Howe (Actor)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

Paul Zara (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Mary and Max 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Max (Actor)

Pirate Radio 2009 (Movie)

The Count (Actor)

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Jim the Bartender (Actor)

Doubt 2008 (Movie)

Father Brendan Flynn (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Caden Cotard (Actor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

Gust Avrakotos (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Savages 2007 (Movie)

Jon Savage (Actor)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

Owen Davian (Actor)

Strangers with Candy 2006 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Capote 2005 (Movie)

Truman Capote (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Along Came Polly 2004 (Movie)

Sandy Lyle (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Reverend Veasey (Actor)

Owning Mahowny 2003 (Movie)

Dan Mahowny (Actor)

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself--Host (Actor)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

Jakob Elinsky (Actor)

30 By 30: Kid Flicks -- Party Animals 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Love Liza 2002 (Movie)

Wilson Joel (Actor)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

Dean Trumbell (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Freddy Lounds (Actor)

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

Lester Bangs (Actor)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Joseph Turner White--The Writer (Actor)

Flawless 1999 (Movie)

Rusty (Actor)

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Phil Parma (Actor)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

Freddie Miles (Actor)

Happiness 1998 (Movie)

Allen (Actor)

Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

Brandt (Actor)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Scotty J (Actor)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

Young Craps Player (Actor)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

Officer Raymer (Actor)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Frank Hansen (Actor)

The Yearling 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


When A Man Loves A Woman 1994 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Joey Breaker 1993 (Movie)

Wiley McCall (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)


Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Cochran (Actor)

My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

Chuck Bronski (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

Mart (Actor)

My New Gun 1992 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Scent of A Woman 1992 (Movie)

George Willis Jr (Actor)

Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole 1992 (Movie)

Klutch (Actor)

Cheat 1991 (Movie)


Montana (TV Show)


The Yearling (Movie)

Buck (Actor)
Producer (3)

God's Pocket 2014 (Movie)


Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Capote 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (2)

Jack Goes Boating 2010 (Movie)


Ezekiel Moss (Movie)

Music (1)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("I'll Go No More A-Roving") (Song Performer)


Widely recognized as one of the strongest stage and film actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered knockout supporting roles in films like "Boogie Nights" (1997), "Magnolia" (1999) and "Almost Famous" (2000), before breaking out with an Oscar-winning lead as the famed author in "Capote" (2005). The co-creative director of New York's LAByrinth theater company brought theater-trained sensibilities and a fearless approach to some of cinema's most uncomfortably realistic portrayals, battling dark human urges, addictions, and moral conflicts with powerful if unflattering vulnerability. That was not to overlook Hoffman's considerable comedic talents, expressed in finely nuanced characterizations of a loyal assistant in "The Big Lebowski" (1997), a blocked screenwriter in "State and Main" (2000), a desperate former child actor in "Along Came Polly" (2004), and a maturity-challenged college professor in "The Savages" (2007). He even made the occasional blockbuster action thriller, playing the villain to Tom Cruise's hero in "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). Still, Hoffman was most comfortable in more dramatically challenging films, delivering quality turns in "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007) and Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York" (2008) before receiving well-deserved acclaim for his performance as the embattled Father Flynn in "Doubt" (2008). With standout supporting turns in "Moneyball" (2011) and "The Ides of March" (2011), Hoffman solidified his standing as one of the best and most versatile actors working in Hollywood. His death via heroin overdose at the age of 46 stunned the acting community as well as his legion of fans.


Marilyn Connor

Divorced from Hoffman's father

Gordy Hoffman Screenplay

Won the Waldo Salt Award at the Sundance Film Festival for "Love Liza" (2002), which starred brother

Talluhlah Hoffman

Born November 2006; mother, Mimi O'Donnell

Cooper Hoffman

Born in March 2003; mother, Mimi O'Donnell

Emily Hoffman


Jill Hoffman


Gordon Hoffman

Divorced from Hoffman's mother

Willa Hoffman

Born Oct. 17, 2008; mother, Mimi O'Donnell

Mimi O'Donnell Costume Designer

Met while working in the 1999 play "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings," which Hoffman directed


New York University

New York , New York 1989
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Circle in the Square Theatre School

New York , New York



Joined the cast of the "Hunger Games" franchise as Plutarch Heavensbee in "Catching Fire"


Featured in "A Late Quartet"


Played a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master"


Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote and produced


Portrayed Art Howe, the manager of the Oakland A's in "Moneyball"


Made his feature film directorial debut with "Jack Goes Boating," based on the play he also wrote


Played 'The Count,' a rock-loving American disc jockey in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"


Cast as Iago in a joint production of the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company's "Othello" at the NYU Skirball Center


Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"


Directed the West End premiere of Andrew Upton's "Riflemind"


Portrayed a priest accused of abusing a young student in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt"; earned Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations


Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"


Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Charlie Wilson's War" directed by Mike Nichols; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor


Co-starred with Laura Linney in "The Savages" as adult siblings who are forced to care for their estranged father; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor


Cast opposite Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in "Mission: Impossible III"


Starred opposite Ed Harris in the drama "Empire Falls"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie


Portrayed writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller's "Capote," a film written by Dan Futterman that focuses on Capote's close relationship with killer Perry Smith


Cast alongside Ben Stiller, Debra Messing and Jennifer Aniston in "Along Came Polly" a film by writer-director John Hamburg


Starred as Dan Mahowny in "Owning Mahowny" based on the story of the largest one man bank fraud in Canadian history


Joined Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and Renee Zellweger in the all-star cast of director Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"


Cast in director Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour" starring Edward Norton


Reteamed with Anderson for "Punch-Drunk Love," a dark romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson


Co-starred in "Love, Liza," a film scripted by Gordy Hoffman, the actor's brother


Portrayed Freddy Lounds in the thriller feature "Red Dragon, " the prequel to "Silence Of The Lamb"


Hosted the documentary "The Last Party 2000," which focused on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for the 2000 Presidential race


Directed Anna Paquin in her NYC stage debut in "The Glory of Living"


Played Konstantin in Mike Nichols' staging of Chekhov's "The Seagull" at Central Park's Delacorte Theater


Acted opposite John C Reilly in stage revival of Sam Shepard's "True West"; the actors alternated the roles of two brothers during the course of the run; each received Tony nomination as Actor in a Play


Portrayed legendary rock writer Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"


Had leading role as a mild-mannered screenwriter in David Mamet's "State and Main"


Staged the play "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" at LAByrinth Theater Company


Brought life to Freddie Miles, a leering trust fund playboy who gives "The Talented Mr Ripley" some deserved ribbing


Played the gentle caretaker of a dying man in Anderson's "Magnolia"; Anderson wrote the role specifically for Hoffman


Made stage directorial debut with "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings"


Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Shopping and Fucking"


Played pivotal supporting role in the Coen brothers' comedy "The Big Lebowski"


Played a by-the-book medical student who clashes with the idealistic titular character in the sentimental biopic "Patch Adams"


Delivered an unsettling and unforgettable turn as loner who enjoys making obscene phone calls in "Happiness"


Featured in the PBS six-part documentary special "Liberty! The American Revolution"


Cast in breakthrough screen role as Scotty, the crew member with a crush on Mark Wahlberg's character in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"


First collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor John C Reilly, a small part in the film "Hard Eight"


Appeared as one of the storm chasers in a memorable turn in "Twister"


Had featured role in Peter Sellars' staging of "The Merchant of Venice"


Made TV-movie debut in "The Yearling" (CBS)


Had a supporting role in the comedy "Leap of Faith"


Co-starred as a cocky peer of Chris O'Donnell's earnest college student in "Scent of a Woman"


Guest starred on an episode of the NYC-filmed series "Law & Order" (NBC)


Film acting debut in Amos Poe's "Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole" (credited as Phil Hoffman)

Moved to NYC to attend college

Raised in the Rochester, NY area

Bonus Trivia


Hoffman on finding a way to play Rusty, his transgendered character in "Flawless": "I'm pretty much a guy guy. I had to decide what it was about this person that I could identify with, and I came to this little piece of truth about myself: I have known what it's like to want to be someone else. There was a time in my life, and even now, that I assumed someone else is better than me, sexier than me, more intelligent than me. That's what this guy is about." – to Premiere, October 1999


Paul Thomas Anderson, excitedly extolling the virtues of Philip Seymour Hoffman: "Phil does these things on screen that make you flip out; weird twitches, movements, accidents, stutters. And you guys are f***in' onto it! I know it. I know you're gonna say the right thing, which is, Hey! The jackass character-actor guy is now a lead actor!" – to Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 19, 1999


Hoffman on the subjectivity of "unconventional", in reference to the parts he has played: "Listen to the rhythms of the way you talk. Do you know how high your voice sounds? The quirks you have? The way that you look? Do you think if someone portrayed you accurately in a film, people would be like, 'Hey, that guy, he's playing a leading man role!' Nobody's like that. Humans aren't like that." – to Newsday, Nov. 23, 1999


Hoffman, then starring onstage in a production of Sam Shepard's "True West" on his craft: "Acting's not easy, ever. When you start thinking it's easy, all of a sudden, you suck." – to Time Out New York, Feb. 17-24, 2000


Frequent co-star John C Reilly on Hoffman: "He's an actor's actor, really fearless. He's not afraid to explore all sides of the character, including the ugly, creepy things that go on inside of all our heads." – quoted in The Observer, Nov. 19, 2000


Philip Seymour Hoffman on the similarities he has with characters like the oddly innocent Scotty in "Boogie Nights", namely a penchant for letting his mouth hang open in wonder: "That's how I am. When I was doing David Mamet's movie, he had to keep telling me to keep my mouth closed. I told him, 'That's what happend to me.' This friend of mine does this imitation of me where he opens his mouth and his tongue hangs out. When I'm intently listening to someone, I start turning into this, you know, Labrador retriever or something." – quoted in GQ, January 2001


Clark Gregg, co-star of Hoffman in "Magnolia" and "State and Main" on the actor: "Phil brings a tremendous amount of visceral sensitivity. If you saw those roles written on the page, you wouldn't see that character at all. Phil brings real humanity to roles like that because he lets you in on what they're needing so desperately." – to USA Today, Jan. 3, 2001


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