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In Remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman

23 July, 1967 ~ 2 February, 2014
Fairport, NY, United States

Message from Simon Raybould:

" Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. He will be sorely missed. A great actor of our time. "


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, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in the theater.

Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, and the following year 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 including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations 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); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day's Journey into Night (2003).

1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Film and television work
2.2 Theater work
3 Personal life
4 Death
5 Film and television
6 Theatre
7 References
8 External links
Early life

Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York. His mother, Marilyn O'Connor (née Loucks), a native of Waterloo, is a family court judge and lawyer. His father, Gordon Stowell Hoffman, is a former Xerox executive.[1][2] He had two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy, who scripted the 2002 film Love Liza, in which Philip starred. His father was Protestant and his mother Catholic; Hoffman was not raised with a deep commitment to any denomination.[3][4][5] His parents divorced in 1976.[6]
Hoffman attended the 1984 Theater School at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. After graduating from Fairport High School, he attended the Circle in the Square Theatre's summer program, continuing his acting training with the acting teacher Alan Langdon.[7] He earned a BFA in drama in 1989 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, he was a founding member of the theater company the Bullstoi Ensemble with actor Steven Schub and director Bennett Miller.[8] Soon after graduating, he went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction and he said he remained sober until May 2013, when he entered a detox facility after relapsing.


Film and television work

Hoffman in 2002 promoting Punch-Drunk Love
Hoffman's first role was as a defendant in a rape case in the 1991 Law & Order episode "The Violence of Summer". He made his film breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four feature films, with the most successful film being Scent of a Woman, in which he played an unscrupulous classmate of Chris O'Donnell's character. He had been working as a deli clerk at a city grocery store at the time, before landing his breakthrough role.

Hoffman established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of noted 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 out of six of Anderson's feature films to date (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master.

He appeared in The Party's Over, a documentary about the 2000 US elections. Throughout his career he had rarely been 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, and Mission: Impossible III, as villainous arms dealer Owen Davian.

Hoffman in September 2010

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, but lost to Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men. 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, which featured him as the charismatic leader of a nascent movement in post-war America. For this role, he was once again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.

Theater work

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 nomination 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 an 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 critic to conclude that "Mr. Hoffman is one of the finest actors of his generation [...] beyond dispute."[15] He received his third Tony Award nomination as Best Leading Actor in a Play.

Personal life

Hoffman had a longstanding relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. They met while working on the 1999 play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which Hoffman directed. They had a son born in 2003, and two daughters, born in 2006 and 2008.

In a 2006 interview with CBS, Hoffman spoke of his struggle with drug use, saying he had abused "anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all."


On February 2, 2014, Hoffman was found dead at the age of 46 by screenwriter David Bar Katz in his West Village, Manhattan apartment. According to the New York City Police, he died of an apparent drug overdose.




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