- Philip Seymour Hoffman
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caption = Philip Seymour Hoffman, 2002
birthdate = Birth date and age|1967|7|23
Rochester, New York, U.S.
actor, theater director
yearsactive = 1991 - present
domesticpartner = Mimi O'Donnell
academyawards = Best Actor
baftaawards = Best Actor in a Leading Role
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
sagawards = Best Actor - Motion Picture
awards = BSFC Award for Best Actor
Critics Choice Award for Best Actor
CFCA Award for Best Actor
DFWFCA Award for Best Actor
FFCC Award for Best Cast
State and Main"
FFCC Award for Best Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor
KCFCC Award for Best Actor
NBR Award for Best Cast
2000 "State and Main"
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor
1999 "Magnolia" ; "
The Talented Mr. Ripley"
NBR Award for Best Actor
NSFC Award for Best Actor
OFCS Award for Best Cast
2000 "State and Main" ; "
OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor
2000 "Almost Famous"
OFCS Award for Best Actor
Hoffman was born in
Rochester, New York, the son of Marilyn L. O'Connor, a family court judge, lawyer and civil rightsactivist, and Gordon S. Hoffman, a former Xeroxexecutive. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/65/Philip-Seymour-Hoffman.html "Philip Seymour Hoffman biography"] Film Reference.com.] He has two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman, who scripted the 2002 film " Love Liza", in which Philip starred. Hoffman has Irish ancestry; [cite web |title = Transcript: Inside the Actor's Studio, 2000 |url = http://ddraven.tripod.com/psh/transcriptitas.html |accessdate = 2006-11-01 ] his father was Protestant and his mother was Catholic, but Hoffman was not raised with a deep commitment to either religious tradition. [cite web |title = PSH Frequently Asked Questions |url = http://ddraven.tripod.com/psh/faq.html |accessdate = 2006-11-01 ] Hoffman's parents divorced when he was nine years old. [cite web |title = Philip Seymour Hoffman Biography |publisher= Yahoo! Movies|url=http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800021779&cf=biog&intl=us |accessdate = 2006-11-01] His first acting role was as Radar O'Reilly in Fairport High School's production of MASH in 1982.
Hoffman attended the 1984 Theater School at the New York State Summer School for the Arts. He received a BFA in drama in 1989 from
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, he was a founding member of the notoriously short-lived and volatile theater company the Bullstoi Ensemble with actor Steven Schub and director Bennett Miller. [Philip Seymour Hoffman on Inside the Actors Studio]
He was college roommates at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with actor Steven Schub (lead singer of ska band The Fenwicks) and Jimmie Corrieri (guitarist of The Fenwicks). [Philip Seymour Hoffman on Inside the Actors Studio] Soon after graduating, he went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction and has since remained sober. [cite news | title = Nominee Hoffman once struggled with drugs |publisher=
Associated Press|date=February 16, 2006 |url=http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11390662/ |accessdate= 2006-11-01]
Film and television career
Hoffman's first role was as a defendant in a 1991 episode of the television series "
Law & Order". He made his film breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four feature films, with the most successful film being " Scent of a Woman", in which he played a backstabbing classmate of Chris O'Donnell's character. He had been stocking shelves at a city grocery at the time before landing the role and credits the film to kickstarting his career.
Hoffman has established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of noted directors, including
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Cameron Crowe, Spike Lee, David Mamet, Robert Benton, Todd Solondzand Anthony Minghella; notably, he has appeared in four out of five of Anderson's feature films to date ("Hard Eight", " Boogie Nights", "Magnolia", and " Punch-Drunk Love").
He appeared in "
Last Party 2000", a documentary about the 2000 U.S. elections. Throughout his career he has rarely been given a chance to play the lead role. In 2002, however, Hoffman starred as a widower coping with his wife's suicidein " Love Liza", for which his brother, Gordy Hoffman, wrote the screenplay. In 2003, he played the lead role in " Owning Mahowny" as a bank employee who embezzles money to feed his gambling addiction.
Hoffman has continued to play supporting parts in such films as "Cold Mountain", as a carnally obsessed preacher, "
Along Came Polly", as Ben Stiller's crude actorbuddy, and "", as villainous arms dealer Owen Davian out to kill Ethan Hunt. Hoffman has distinguished himself by playing a wide contrast of characters including gay characters (" Boogie Nights", "Flawless" and "Capote"), lonely losers ("Happiness"), spoiled rich brats ("Scent of a Woman", "Patch Adams" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley"), caring and nurturing figures ("Magnolia" and "Almost Famous"), vicious thugs ("Punch-Drunk Love" and "Mission: Impossible III"), sensitive artists ("State and Main"), an outlandish CIA officer (" Charlie Wilson's War"), and so on.
He received his first
Emmy Awardnomination for the HBOminiseries "Empire Falls", but lost to castmate and personal idol Paul Newman. One of Hoffman's earliest roles was as a police deputy who gets punched in the face by Newman in 1994's "Nobody's Fool".
In 2005, Hoffman won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of
writer Truman Capotein the film "Capote". His performance received numerous high-profile accolades and awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In addition, he was also awarded Best Actor by at least ten film critic associations, including the National Board of Review, Toronto Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics.
In 2007, Hoffman was nominated for the
Golden Globefor Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing Gust Avrakotos, a CIA officer who helps Congressman Charlie Wilson support a covert war in Afghanistan in the movie " Charlie Wilson's War". In 2008, he was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actorfor the same role.
He has two films awaiting release in 2008: "
Synecdoche, New York", in which he plays Caden Cotard, a man who attempts to build a full-scale replica of New Yorkinside a warehouse for a play, and "Doubt", in which he plays Father Flynn, a priest accused of abusing a black student.
In addition to his television and film career, Hoffman has been recognized for his work in theater. He has twice been nominated for a
Tony Award: as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's "True West" opposite John C. Reilly, and for Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's " Long Day's Journey into Night". In 1999, he also starred in Richard Greenberg's one-act play, "The Author's Voice", in New York. Hoffman has also distinguished himself as a director with off-Broadwayprojects such as Rebecca Gilman's " The Glory of Living" at the MCC Theater, and Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Jesus Hopped the A Train," "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," and "The Little Flower of East Orange". Hoffman is co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company, along with actor John Ortiz.
Hoffman is in a relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. They met while working on the 1999 play "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings," which Hoffman directed. They have a son, Cooper Alexander, born in March 2003, and a daughter, Tallulah, born in November 2006. In September 2008, it was announced that Hoffman and O'Donnell were expecting their third child together [http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/09/philip-seymour.html] [cite news |last=Clark |first=John |title=Capturing Capote |publisher=
New York Daily News|date=September 25, 2005 |url=http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/story/349198p-297929c.html |accessdate = 2006-11-01] [cite news |last=Hancock |first=Noelle |title=Philip Seymour Hoffman and Girlfriend Expecting Second Child |publisher= Us Weekly|date=June 22, 2006 |url=http://www.usmagazine.com/node/1288 |accessdate = 2006-11-01] Hoffman is also a fan of the New York Metsbaseball team.
* [http://manhattan.about.com/od/famousnewyorkers/p/philipseymourho.htm/ Philip Seymour Hoffman Biography]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4864379 NPR Interview (09/2005)]
* [http://www.acidlogic.com/im_hoffman.htm The Six Degrees Of Philip Seymour Hoffman]
* [http://www.goldenglobesfilmnews.com/golden-globes-nominees/phillip-seymour-hoffman.html Information about Philip Seymour Hoffman and Capote]
* [http://www.pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/archive/200601/20060103.html Philip Seymour Hoffman talks about his role in "Capote"] on the
* [http://asap.ap.org/data/audio/20051102123021-912.mp3?NAME=CelebrityFocus&SITE=MTMIS&TYPE=podcast AP Celebrity Focus Podcast Interview, 11/02/05, on his role in "Capote"]
* [http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=22547 Philip Seymour Hoffman at Labyrinth Benefit on BroadwayWorld]
DATE OF BIRTH=July 23, 1967
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