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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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Later in 2012, Hoffman was featured with Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener in the classical-music-centric drama "A Late Quartet," which garnered positive reviews but saw little in a way of box office. During mid-2013, he revealed that he was seeking treatment for drug abuse, though he seemed to be confident that he was getting a handle on the situation. In fall of that year, his turn as the brilliant Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" found him in rare blockbuster territory. His next film was the Anton Corbijn-directed espionage drama "A Most Wanted Man" (2014), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York's West Village; preliminary police reports stated that the actor had died of a heroin overdose. r political standing was a surprising center of the 2000 political documentary "The Last Party 2000," bringing a sense of wonder and urgency as the film's host and guide to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. With LAByrinth, Hoffman returned to the director's seat for "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train," a well-reviewed drama about Riker's Island inmates...

>Later in 2012, Hoffman was featured with Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener in the classical-music-centric drama "A Late Quartet," which garnered positive reviews but saw little in a way of box office. During mid-2013, he revealed that he was seeking treatment for drug abuse, though he seemed to be confident that he was getting a handle on the situation. In fall of that year, his turn as the brilliant Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" found him in rare blockbuster territory. His next film was the Anton Corbijn-directed espionage drama "A Most Wanted Man" (2014), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. On February 2, 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York's West Village; preliminary police reports stated that the actor had died of a heroin overdose.

r political standing was a surprising center of the 2000 political documentary "The Last Party 2000," bringing a sense of wonder and urgency as the film's host and guide to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. With LAByrinth, Hoffman returned to the director's seat for "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train," a well-reviewed drama about Riker's Island inmates starring John Ortiz. He then took to the stage in a Mike Nichols-directed production of "The Seagull" at the New York Shakespeare Festival, which placed Hoffman alongside Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, and John Goodman. The casting choice proved that Hoffman, while still mainly a supporting player with little public screen recognition, was among the most well-regarded actors in the industry. He would soon be considered one of the best of his generation.

A busy 2002 included supporting turns in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon" as a journalist who gets too close to a serial killer story, and a reuniting with Anderson for "Punch Drunk Love," in which Hoffman played a nefarious waterbed salesman/phone sex con blackmailer. Both Hoffman and John C. Reilly teased the writer-director for not creating leading roles for his favorite actors, but Hollywood was still leery that neither of the two names had the seat-filling power to carry a studio film. Indie director Spike Lee had no such reservations, giving Hoffman second billing in "25th Hour" (2002), where he portrayed a disillusioned high school English teacher who envies his friends' drug dealing lifestyles, but has no intention of giving up his job for the easy money. Likewise independent director Todd Louiso directed Hoffman as the star of "Love, Liza" (2002), a screenplay by Hoffman's brother Gordon about the collapse and rebirth of a recent widower.

Hoffman took the lead in the indie crime drama "Owning Mahowny" (2003), playing a seemingly quiet and helpful bank manager who pulls off the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history to feed his gambling obsession, before adding a lascivious spark to "Cold Mountain" (2003) as a defrocked preacher constantly tempted by carnal sins. He went on to earn Tony nominations that year for a four-month run in "Long Day's Journey into Night," which garnered Tony Awards for co-stars Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave. Hoffman next directed the neighborhood chronicle "Our Lady of 121st Street" at the LAByrinth Theater and spent a semester at Columbia University teaching a directing course for master's degree students. In one of his more mainstream film appearances, Hoffman was hilarious as Ben Stiller's charismatic but hopelessly inept former child actor buddy in "Along Came Polly" (2004).

Hoffman's career triumph was just around a New York corner, with his painstaking portrayal of author and Manhattan socialite Truman Capote in "Capote" (2005). As co-producer, Hoffman helped bring to the big screen ¿ along with childhood friends Dan Futterman and Bennett Miller ¿ the story behind Capote's true crime masterpiece, In Cold Blood, and the author's conflicted five-year relationship with the book's central character, convicted murderer Perry Smith. Gone were any doubts that Hoffman could carry the lead in a mainstream film, with both audiences and critics transfixed by his embodiment of the author's notorious character quirks and unexpectedly sensitive core; his outgoing party charm and episodes of deep depression; and his moral struggle as the book's dark conclusion became increasingly apparent. His performance earned Hoffman a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Actor at the 78th Annual Academy Awards, and his masterpiece topped critic's year-end lists.

Back at LAByrinth, Hoffman directed fellow company members Sam Rockwell and Eric Bogosian in the ambitious "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" before picking up his first Emmy nomination for the HBO miniseries "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005). In "Mission Impossible 3" (2006), Hoffman tackled a rare villainous role with delightfully misanthropic relish, upstaging the dramatic limitations of co-star Tom Cruise. On the other hand, his thespian achievements were a perfect match with fellow stage vet Laura Linney in "The Savages" (2006), writer-director Tamara Jenkins' darkly funny story of grown siblings called upon to care for their estranged but ailing father. As Jon Savage, a self-centered professor with no interest in interrupting his project on Bertolt Brecht to forge a bond with his long-dismissed sister and father, Hoffman again wowed critics with a studied and empathetic performance.

Director Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead" (2007) featured Hoffman as a desperate businessman who robs his own family business, but despite accolades for Hoffman and co-stars Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, and Marisa Tomei, the film only received limited release. At the end of 2007, Hoffman appeared in Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War," a political drama in which he portrayed Gust Avrakotos, a real CIA agent who armed Afghani tribesmen during the guerilla uprising against the Soviets in the 1980s. In early 2008, Hoffman earned a Golden Globe nomination, which was soon followed by an Oscar nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Continuing to roll out award-worthy performances, he was nominated later that year for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor for his role of a priest in John Patrick Shanley's riveting drama, "Doubt" (2008). His performance as a liberally-minded priest accused by the parish's stern headmistress (Meryl Streep) of an improper relationship with a new student also earned Hoffman an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

After that critically acclaimed performance, he played Iago in a Public Theater and LAByrinth joint production of "Othello" (2009) before portraying a rock-loving disc jockey in "Pirate Radio" (2009). Hoffman made his directing debut with the slice-of-life comedy "Jack Goes Boating" (2010) before going back in front of the cameras with supporting roles as Oakland A¿s manager Art Howe in "Moneyball" (2011) and a political campaign manager in George Clooney¿s acclaimed drama "The Ides of March" (2011), starring Ryan Gosling as his junior protégé. From there, Hoffman took to the stage again, this time to deliver a strong turn as Willy Loman in a 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller¿s "Death of a Salesman." The role earned him widespread praise as well as nominations for Best Actor at the Drama Desk and Tony awards. Back on the big screen, he reunited with Paul Thomas Anderson for the first time since "Punch-Drunk Love" to star in the director¿s period drama "The Master" (2012). Hoffman played Lancaster Dodd, an L. Ron Hubbard-like leader of a quasi-religious movement who takes a disturbed World War II veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) under his wing to help spread his teachings. The film was overwhelmingly praised by critics, many of whom singled out Hoffman¿s performance; at year's end, he received nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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 Child 44 (2015)
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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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