Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles–typically lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits—Hoffman acted in many films, including leading roles, from the early 1990s until his death in 2014. Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He 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), 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 ...

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Sam Claflin  •  Elizabeth Banks

Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Sam Claflin  •  Elizabeth Banks

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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Retired from active duty to train new IMF agents, Ethan Hunt is called back into action to confront sadistic arms dealer, Owen Davian. Hunt must try to protect his girlfriend while working with his new team to complete the mission.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Ving Rhames  •  Billy Crudup

Retired from active duty to train new IMF agents, Ethan Hunt is called back into action to confront sadistic arms dealer, Owen Davian. Hunt must try to protect his girlfriend while working with his new team to complete the mission.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Ving Rhames  •  Billy Crudup

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

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Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Liam Hemsworth  •  Woody Harrelson

Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Liam Hemsworth  •  Woody Harrelson

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Liam Hemsworth  •  Woody Harrelson

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Lawrence
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Liam Hemsworth  •  Woody Harrelson

The Big Lebowski (1998)

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Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  John Goodman  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Julianne Moore

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Jude Law  •  Cate Blanchett

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Jude Law  •  Cate Blanchett

Moneyball (2011)

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The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman

Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Kaufman
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Samantha Morton  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Michelle Williams

Scent of a Woman (1992)

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Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  James Rebhorn  •  Gabrielle Anwar

Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Frank ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Chris O'Donnell  •  James Rebhorn  •  Gabrielle Anwar

25th Hour (2002)

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In New York City in the days following the events of 9/11, Monty Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom are devoted to hanging out with his closest buddies and trying to prepare his girlfriend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Pepper  •  Rosario Dawson

In New York City in the days following the events of 9/11, Monty Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom are devoted to hanging out with his closest buddies and trying to prepare his girlfriend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Edward Norton  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Pepper  •  Rosario Dawson

Almost Famous (2000)

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In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Billy Crudup  •  Frances McDormand  •  Jason Lee

Along Came Polly (2004)

Reuben Feffer is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince is irresistible as a free-spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Debra Messing

Reuben Feffer is a guy who's spent his entire life playing it safe. Polly Prince is irresistible as a free-spirit who lives for the thrill of the moment. When these two comically mismatched souls collide, Reuben's world is turned upside down, as he makes an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hamburg
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Debra Messing

Boogie Nights (1997)

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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Capote (2005)

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A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Allie Mickelson  •  Craig Archibald  •  Bronwen Coleman

A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Allie Mickelson  •  Craig Archibald  •  Bronwen Coleman

Cold Mountain (2003)

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In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Eileen Atkins

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Nicole Kidman  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Eileen Atkins

Flawless (1999)

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Miller  •  Chris Bauer

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Barry Miller  •  Chris Bauer

Happiness (1998)

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The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Jon Lovitz  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Dylan Baker

The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Jon Lovitz  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Dylan Baker

Hard Eight (1996)

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

Money for Nothing (1993)

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ramón Menéndez
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Debi Mazar  •  Michael Madsen  •  Benicio del Toro

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He turns to his ex-girlfriend Monica, who works in an investment firm, for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ramón Menéndez
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Debi Mazar  •  Michael Madsen  •  Benicio del Toro
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