Philip Seymour Hoffman
|Philip Seymour Hoffman|
Hoffman at the Paris premiere of The Ides of March in October 2011
July 23, 1967|
Fairport, New York, U.S.
February 2, 2014 46) (aged|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
Mimi O'Donnell |
(1999–2014; his death)
|Relatives||Gordy Hoffman (brother)|
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor and also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.
Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, and the following year he began to appear in films. He gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films, including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Cold Mountain (2003).
In 2005, Hoffman played the title role in Capote, for which he won multiple acting awards. His three other Academy Award nominations came for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). Other critically acclaimed films in his later years included Owning Mahowny (2003), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Moneyball (2011) and The Ides of March (2011). In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.
Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, and directed and performed in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three 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). In their front-page obituary following his sudden death at age 46, The New York Times referred to Hoffman as "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation."
Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York, a suburb of Rochester. His mother, Marilyn O'Connor (née Loucks), a native of nearby Waterloo, is a family court judge and lawyer. His father, Gordon Stowell Hoffman, is a former Xerox executive. He had two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy, who wrote the screenplay for Love Liza (2002), in which Hoffman starred. His ancestry included Irish, German, English, and Dutch. His father was Protestant and his mother Catholic; Hoffman was not raised with a deep commitment to any denomination. His parents divorced in 1976.
Hoffman began acting while a student at Fairport High School, after a neck injury forced him to give up wrestling. At the age of 17, he was selected to attend the 1984 Theater School at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, meeting future collaborators Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman there. After graduating from Fairport High School, Hoffman attended the Circle in the Square Theatre's summer program, continuing his acting training with Alan Langdon. Hoffman earned a BFA in drama in 1989 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, he was, along with actor Steven Schub and director Bennett Miller, a founding member of the Bullstoi Ensemble theater company.
Film and television
Hoffman's first acting role was as a defendant in a rape case in the Law & Order episode "The Violence of Summer" (1991). He made his film breakthrough in 1992, when he appeared in four feature films, with the most successful being Scent of a Woman, in which he played an unscrupulous, spoiled classmate of Chris O'Donnell's character.
Hoffman established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of directors, including Todd Solondz, the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Cameron Crowe, David Mamet, Robert Benton, Anthony Minghella and Paul Thomas Anderson; notably, he appeared in five of Anderson's first six films (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master). He appeared in The Party's Over, a documentary about the 2000 U.S. elections. Throughout his career he rarely was given a chance to play the lead role. In 2002, however, Hoffman starred as a widower coping with his wife's suicide in 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 continued to play supporting roles in such films as Cold Mountain, as a carnally obsessed preacher, Along Came Polly, as Ben Stiller's crude, has-been actor buddy Sandy Lyle, and Mission: Impossible III, as villainous arms dealer Owen Davian.
Hoffman received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, but lost to cast-mate 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. He received a second Emmy Award nomination for the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program in his vocal work on Arthur.
In 2005, Hoffman received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. His performance received numerous 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 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 Globe for 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 nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role. The same year he appeared in Synecdoche, New York, in which he played Caden Cotard, a man who attempts to build a scale replica of New York inside a warehouse for a play, and Doubt, in which he played Father Brendan Flynn, a priest accused of sexually abusing a student. He received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for the latter. He received a second consecutive nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Doubt.
In 2012, Hoffman starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's drama The Master, in which he portrayed the charismatic leader of a nascent Scientology-type movement in post-war America. For this role, he was once again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2013, he portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
At the time of his death, Hoffman was filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final The Hunger Games movie, and had already completed the majority of his scenes. In addition, he was also gearing up for his second directional effort, Ezekiel Moss, and had filmed a pilot for a series for called Happyish, which Showtime had picked up for a full season two weeks before his death.
Hoffman also received acclaim for his work in the theater. He joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, and staged and performed in numerous productions. As a director, Hoffman received two Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Director of a Play: one for Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train in 2001; another for Our Lady of 121st Street in 2003. Of the difference between acting and directing in a play, Hoffman has said that "the director’s experience is not the real experience...You are the most subjective person in the room. You have no objectivity. You have to take a couple of weeks off and then come back to watch it without telling anyone, and you will see it with different eyes."
Hoffman first gained recognition as a theater actor in 2000 for the Off-Broadway play The Author's Voice, receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. On Broadway, Hoffman starred in the 2000 revival of True West and the 2003 revival of Long Day's Journey into Night, both leading to Tony Award nominations.
In 2012, Hoffman starred as Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, prompting The New York Times theater critic, Ben Brantley, to conclude that, "Mr. Hoffman is one of the finest actors of his generation [...] beyond dispute." He received his third Tony Award nomination, for Best Leading Actor in a Play.
Hoffman was in a relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell for the last 15 years of his life. They met while working on the 1999 play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which he directed. They had a son, born in 2003, and two daughters, born in 2006 and 2008.
Hoffman stood 5 ft 10 in tall. The New York Times described Hoffman as "a stocky, often sleepy-looking man with blond, generally uncombed hair who favored the rumpled clothes more associated with an out-of-work actor than a star." Hoffman "frequently dyed his hair and lost or gained weight for parts" and "was known for a sometimes painful dedication to his craft."
In a 2006 interview, Hoffman revealed he had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse and that after graduating from college at age 22, he went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. He said he had abused "anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all." Hoffman relapsed more than 20 years later with heroin and addiction to prescription medications and checked himself into a drug rehab for about ten days in May 2013.
On February 2, 2014, Hoffman was found dead by a friend, the playwright and screenwriter David Bar Katz, in the bathroom of Hoffman's West Village, Manhattan office apartment. As of February 4, 2014, the medical examiner's office has not stated an official cause of death. Investigators searching his apartment found a quantity of heroin and prescription drugs.
Filmography, television, and theater
|1991||Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole||Klutch|
|1992||My New Gun||Chris|
|1992||Leap of Faith||Matt|
|1992||Scent of a Woman||George Willis, Jr.||Credited as Philip S. Hoffman|
|1993||Joey Breaker||Wiley McCall|
|1993||My Boyfriend's Back||Chuck Bronski|
|1993||Money for Nothing||Cochran|
|1994||Getaway, TheThe Getaway||Frank Hansen|
|1994||Yearling, TheThe Yearling||Buck||Television film|
|1994||When a Man Loves a Woman||Gary|
|1994||Nobody's Fool||Officer Raymer|
|1995||The Fifteen Minute Hamlet||Bernardo, Horatio, Laertes|
|1996||Hard Eight||Young Craps Player|
|1996||Twister||Dustin "Dusty" Davis|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Scotty J.|
|1997||Liberty! The American Revolution||Joseph Plumb Martin|
|1998||Next Stop Wonderland||Sean|
|1998||Big Lebowski, TheThe Big Lebowski||Brandt|
|1998||Patch Adams||Mitch Roman|
|1999||Talented Mr. Ripley, TheThe Talented Mr. Ripley||Freddie Miles|
|2000||State and Main||Joseph Turner White|
|2000||Almost Famous||Lester Bangs|
|2001||The Party's Over||Himself||Also known as Last Party 2000|
|2002||Love Liza||Wilson Joel|
|2002||Punch-Drunk Love||Dean Trumbell|
|2002||Red Dragon||Freddy Lounds|
|2002||25th Hour||Jacob Elinsky|
|2003||Owning Mahowny||Dan Mahowny|
|2003||Cold Mountain||Reverend Veasey|
|2004||Along Came Polly||Sandy Lyle|
|2005||Strangers with Candy||Henry|
|2006||Mission: Impossible III||Owen Davian|
|2007||Before the Devil Knows You're Dead||Andy Hanson|
|2007||Savages, TheThe Savages||Jon Savage|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Gust Avrakotos|
|2008||Synecdoche, New York||Caden Cotard|
|2008||Doubt||Father Brendan Flynn|
|2009||Mary and Max||Max Jerry Horowitz||Voice only|
|2009||Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked||The Count||Also known as Pirate Radio|
|2009||Invention of Lying, TheThe Invention of Lying||Jim the Bartender|
|2010||Jack Goes Boating||Jack||Director, executive producer|
|2011||Ides of March, TheThe Ides of March||Paul Zara|
|2012||The Master||Lancaster Dodd|
|2012||A Late Quartet||Robert Gelbart|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||Plutarch Heavensbee|
|2014||A Most Wanted Man||Günther Bachmann|
|2014||God's Pocket||Mickey Scarpato||Producer|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Plutarch Heavensbee|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Plutarch Heavensbee|
|1991||Law & Order||Steven Hanauer|| Episode: "The Violence of Summer"|
Credited as Philip Hoffman
|2005||Empire Falls||Charlie Mayne||Miniseries|
|2009||Arthur||Will Toffman||Episode: "No Acting Please"|
|1996||The Skriker||RawHeadAndBloodyBones||April 23 – May 26, 1996|
|1997–1998||Defying Gravity||C.B.||November 2, 1997 – January 4, 1998|
|1998||Shopping and Fucking||Mark||March 17 – April 11, 1998|
|1999||The Author's Voice & Imagining Brad||May 11–29, 1999|
|2000||True West||Lee/Austin||Broadway; March 2 – Jul 29, 2000|
|2000||Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train||Director; November 29 – December 31, 2000|
|2001||The Seagull||Konstantin||August 12–26, 2001|
|2001||The Glory of Living||Director; October 30 – December 1, 2001|
|2003||Our Lady of 121st Street||Director; March 6 – July 27, 2003|
|2003||Long Day's Journey into Night||James Tyrone, Jr.||Broadway; May 6 – August 1, 2003|
|2003||Dutch Heart of Man||Artistic director; September 25 – October 19, 2003|
|2004||Guinea Pig Solo||Artistic director; May 9 – June 6, 2004|
|2004||Sailor's Song||Executive director; November 7–21, 2004|
|2005||The Last Days of Judas Iscariot||Director and artistic director; March 2 – April 3, 2005|
|2006||School of the Americas||Artistic director; July 6–23, 2006|
|2006||A Small, Melodramatic Story||Artistic director; October 24 – November 5, 2006|
|2007||Jack Goes Boating||Jack||Artistic director; March 18 – April 29, 2007|
|2007||A View From 151st Street||Artistic director; October 18 – November 4, 2007|
|2008||Unconditional||Artistic director; February 18 – March 9, 2008|
|2008||The Little Flower of East Orange||Director; April 6 – May 4, 2008|
|2009||Othello||Iago||September 27 – October 4, 2009|
|2010||The Long Red Road||Director; February 13 – March 21, 2010|
|2012||Death of a Salesman||Willy Loman||Broadway; March 15 – June 2, 2012|
Awards and nominations
Throughout his career Hoffman has been nominated and won many awards, including four Academy Award nominations (winning one), five Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one), five BAFTA Award nominations (winning one), and three Tony Award nominations.
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 McArdle, Terence; Brown, DeNeen L. (February 2, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor, found dead in NY apartment". The Washington Post.
- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
- ↑ Shaw, David L. (March 7, 2006). "Oscar-Winner's Mother Was Born in Waterloo". Syracuse Post Standard. p. 78. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Whitty, Stephen (December 8, 2008). "The Talented Mr. Hoffman". The Star-Ledger. Newark, New Jersey. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
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- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "Transcript: Inside the Actor's Studio, 2000". Retrieved February 2, 2014.
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- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
- ↑ Vary, Adam B. (July 9, 2012). "Philip Seymour Hoffman cast as Plutarch in 'Catching Fire'". CNN. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- ↑ Stewart, Andrew (February 2, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Nearly Finished Shooting 'Hunger Games'". Variety.
- ↑ "Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal Join Philip Seymour Hoffman-Directed 'Ezekiel Moss'". Indiewire. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman's Showtime series 'Happyish' now in limbo after actor's death". Daily News (New York). Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- ↑ Stein, June (Spring 2008). "Philip Seymour Hoffman". Bomb. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- ↑ Brantley, Ben (March 15, 2012). "American Dreamer, Ambushed by the Territory". The New York Times. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- ↑ Hancock, Noelle (June 22, 2006). "Philip Seymour Hoffman and Girlfriend Expecting Second Child". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2006.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Hirschberg, Lynn (December 19, 2008). "A Higher Calling". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of suspected heroin overdose at 46: Body of Oscar-winning actor found with 'needle in his arm' at home". Daily Mail. February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- ↑ Prokupecz, Shimon; Steve Almasy, Catherine E. Shoichet (February 2, 2014). "Sources: Philip Seymour Hoffman dead of apparent drug overdose". CNN. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- ↑ "Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of apparent drug overdose". MSN Movies. February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- ↑ "Philip Seymour Hoffman Entered Detox for Narcotic Abuse". TMZ.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- ↑ Shimon Prokupecz; Jethro Mullen; Jason Carroll (February 4, 2014). "Piecing together Philip Seymour Hoffman's final hours". CNN. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- ↑ Weber, Bruce (February 2, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor of Depth, Dies at 46". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- ↑ Goodman, J. David; Emma G. Fitzsimmons (February 4, 2014). "Four People Arrested as Part of Inquiry Into Hoffman’s Death". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- ↑ Prokupecz, Shimon; Almasy, Steve; Shoichet, Catherine E. (February 3, 2014). "Sources: Nearly 50 envelopes of suspected heroin in Hoffman's apartment". CNN. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- ↑ Good, Dan; Fields, Liz; Katersky, Aaron (February 3, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman Had 5 Empty And 65 Full Bags of Heroin". ABC News. Retrieved February 3, 2014. "Investigators found roughly 50 bags of heroin and used syringes in Philip Seymour Hoffman's West Village apartment, police told ABC News."
- ↑ Francescani, Chris. "Family, actors mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman at private funeral". Reuters. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- ↑ "Pirate Radio (2009) Release info". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
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