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Also Known As: Philip Hoffman, Clyde Anderson Died: February 2, 2014
Born: July 23, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fairport, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, lifeguard, waiter

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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...

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.

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 Child 44 (2014)
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 God's Pocket (2014)
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 Master, The (2012)
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 Moneyball (2011)
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 Mary and Max (2009)
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 Pirate Radio (2009)
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Raised in the Rochester, NY area
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Moved to NYC to attend college
1991:
Guest starred on an episode of the NYC-filmed series "Law & Order" (NBC)
1991:
Film acting debut in Amos Poe's "Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole" (credited as Phil Hoffman)
1992:
Had a supporting role in the comedy "Leap of Faith"
1992:
Co-starred as a cocky peer of Chris O'Donnell's earnest college student in "Scent of a Woman"
1994:
Made TV-movie debut in "The Yearling" (CBS)
1994:
Had featured role in Peter Sellars' staging of "The Merchant of Venice"
1996:
Appeared as one of the storm chasers in a memorable turn in "Twister"
1996:
First collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor John C Reilly, a small part in the film "Hard Eight"
1997:
Cast in breakthrough screen role as Scotty, the crew member with a crush on Mark Wahlberg's character in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
1997:
Featured in the PBS six-part documentary special "Liberty! The American Revolution"
1998:
Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Shopping and Fucking"
1998:
Played pivotal supporting role in the Coen brothers' comedy "The Big Lebowski"
1998:
Delivered an unsettling and unforgettable turn as loner who enjoys making obscene phone calls in "Happiness"
1998:
Played a by-the-book medical student who clashes with the idealistic titular character in the sentimental biopic "Patch Adams"
1999:
Made stage directorial debut with "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings"
1999:
Played the gentle caretaker of a dying man in Anderson's "Magnolia"; Anderson wrote the role specifically for Hoffman
1999:
Brought life to Freddie Miles, a leering trust fund playboy who gives "The Talented Mr Ripley" some deserved ribbing
2000:
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
2000:
Staged the play "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" at LAByrinth Theater Company
2000:
Portrayed legendary rock writer Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"
2000:
Had leading role as a mild-mannered screenwriter in David Mamet's "State and Main"
2001:
Hosted the documentary "The Last Party 2000," which focused on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for the 2000 Presidential race
2001:
Played Konstantin in Mike Nichols' staging of Chekhov's "The Seagull" at Central Park's Delacorte Theater
2001:
Directed Anna Paquin in her NYC stage debut in "The Glory of Living"
2002:
Co-starred in "Love, Liza," a film scripted by Gordy Hoffman, the actor's brother
2002:
Reteamed with Anderson for "Punch-Drunk Love," a dark romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson
2002:
Portrayed Freddy Lounds in the thriller feature "Red Dragon, " the prequel to "Silence Of The Lamb"
2002:
Cast in director Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour" starring Edward Norton
2003:
Joined Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and Renee Zellweger in the all-star cast of director Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"
2003:
Starred as Dan Mahowny in "Owning Mahowny" based on the story of the largest one man bank fraud in Canadian history
2004:
Cast alongside Ben Stiller, Debra Messing and Jennifer Aniston in "Along Came Polly" a film by writer-director John Hamburg
2005:
Starred opposite Ed Harris in the drama "Empire Falls"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2005:
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
2006:
Cast opposite Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in "Mission: Impossible III"
2007:
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
2007:
Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
2007:
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
2008:
Directed the West End premiere of Andrew Upton's "Riflemind"
2008:
Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"
2008:
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
2009:
Cast as Iago in a joint production of the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company's "Othello" at the NYU Skirball Center
2009:
Played 'The Count,' a rock-loving American disc jockey in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
2010:
Made his feature film directorial debut with "Jack Goes Boating," based on the play he also wrote
2011:
Portrayed Art Howe, the manager of the Oakland A's in "Moneyball"
2011:
Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote and produced
2012:
Played a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master"
2012:
Featured in "A Late Quartet"
2013:
Joined the cast of the "Hunger Games" franchise as Plutarch Heavensbee in "Catching Fire"
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Education

Circle in the Square Theatre School: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1989

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