Philip Seymour Hoffman

Hoffman at the Paris premiere of <br />''[[The Ides of March (2011 film)|The Ides of March]]'' in October 2011 Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor, director, and producer. Known for playing distinctive supporting and character roles, Hoffman acted in many films from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Born and raised in Fairport, New York, Hoffman was drawn to theater in his youth after attending a stage production of Arthur Miller's ''All My Sons'' at age 12. Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and began his screen career in a 1991 episode of ''Law & Order'' and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work, notably in ''Scent of a Woman'' (1992), ''Twister'' (1996), ''Boogie Nights'' (1997), ''Happiness'' (1998), ''Patch Adams'' (1998), ''The Big Lebowski'' (1998), ''Magnolia'' (1999), ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (1999), ''Almost Famous'' (2000), ''Punch-Drunk Love'' (2002) and ''Along Came Polly'' (2004). He began to occasionally play leading roles, and for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in ''Capote'' (2005), won multiple accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman's profile continued to grow and he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in ''Charlie Wilson's War'' (2007), a priest accused of pedophilia in ''Doubt'' (2008), and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in ''The Master'' (2012).

While he mainly worked in independent films, including ''The Savages'' (2007) and ''Synecdoche, New York'' (2008), Hoffman also appeared in ''Flawless'' (1999), and Hollywood blockbusters such as ''Twister'' (1996), ''Mission: Impossible III'' (2006), and in one of his final roles, as Plutarch Heavensbee in the ''Hunger Games'' series (2013–15). The feature ''Jack Goes Boating'' (2010) marked his debut as a filmmaker. Hoffman was also an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, where he directed, produced, and appeared in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays—''True West'' in 2000, ''Long Day's Journey into Night'' in 2003, and ''Death of a Salesman'' in 2012—all led to Tony Award nominations.

Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult and relapsed in 2013 after many years of abstinence. In February 2014, he died of combined drug intoxication. Remembered for his fearlessness in playing reprehensible characters, and for bringing depth and humanity to such roles, Hoffman was described in his ''New York Times'' obituary as "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation". Provided by Wikipedia
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