46 (passed away Feb. 2nd, 2014)
Jul. 23rd, 1967
Fairport, New York, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and theater director.
Born in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York. His mother, Marilyn O'Connor (née Loucks), hailed from nearby Waterloo and worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a lawyer and eventually a judge. His father, Gordon Hoffman, was a native of Geneva, New York and worked for the Xerox Corporation. Along with one brother, Gordon Jr. ("Gordy"), Hoffman had two sisters, Jill and Emily. His parents and siblings all survived him.
Hoffman made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in 'Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen's finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including 'Todd Solondz's Happiness (1998), Flawless (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and the upcoming Mission: Impossible III (2006).
He was also an accomplished theater actor and director. Hoffman joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, and directed and performed in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor, in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012), and one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day's Journey into Night (2003).
Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.
In 2013, Hoffman joined the popular Hunger Games series for its second release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, where he played the gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. The film finished as the tenth highest grossing in history to that point, and made Hoffman recognizable to a new generation of film-goers. In January 2014, shortly before his death, Hoffman attended the Sundance Film Festival to promote two films. In Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, a thriller based on John Le Carré's novel, Hoffman played a German detective. His performance was praised by Xan Brooks as one of "terrific, lip-smacking relish: full of mischief, anchored by integrity". The other was God's Pocket, the directorial debut of John Slattery, in which he played a thief. In November 2014, Hoffman will be seen posthumously in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
At the time of his death, Hoffman was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final Hunger Games movie, and had already completed the majority of his scenes. Lionsgate Films have announced that Hoffman will be digitally recreated for a major scene that he had left to shoot.
In a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes, Hoffman revealed that he suffered from drug and alcohol abuse during his time at New York University, saying that he had used "anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all". Following his graduation in 1989, he entered a drug rehabilitation program at age 22, remaining sober for 23 years until relapsing with prescription medications in 2012. He began using heroin again in 2013, and admitted himself to drug rehabilitation for approximately 10 days in May of that year.
Although Hoffman appeared to friends to have his drug problems under control, the actor was found dead (February 2, 2014) in the bathroom of his West Village, Manhattan apartment by a friend – playwright and screenwriter David Bar Katz. He was 46 years old. Detectives searching the apartment found heroin and prescription medications at the scene, and revealed that Hoffman was discovered with a needle in his arm. An investigation to determine the cause of death was undertaken by the New York City medical examiner's office, the results of which were released (February 28, 2014). Hoffman's death was ruled an accident caused by "acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine". It was not determined whether he had taken all of the substances on the same day or whether some remained in his system from earlier use.
- _Goodfellas (1990)_ (qv) is one of his favorite films.
- Appears in _The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)_ (qv) and _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv). Both are remakes of earlier films (_Plein soleil (1960)_ (qv) and _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv)), and both feature him as a character named Freddie who is killed by the villain/title character.
- Has a younger sister named Emily Hoffman and an older sister named Jill Hoffman.
- Taught an advanced "Directing the Actor" class for one semester at Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division during 2003.
- Beat Heath Ledger for an academy Award in the same category for Best Actor Academy Award in 2005 for his title role in Capote, and then lost out to the late great actor for the best supporting actor category in 2008 from his performance in Doubt to Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight.
- After winning his Oscar for _Capote (2005)_ (qv), he has been working with a filmmaker from his former high school in Fairport, New York, helping him with his project.
- The episode of _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv) in which he appeared also featured another actor named Philip Hoffman.
- His performance as 'Truman Capote' (qv) in _Capote (2005)_ (qv) is ranked #35 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).