Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen and stage

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967–2014) was an American actor, director, and producer who made his screen debut on the police procedural Law & Order in 1991.[1] He made his film debut later in the same year by appearing in a minor role in Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole.[2] Hoffman followed this with supporting roles as a student in Scent of a Woman (1992),[3] and a storm chaser in Twister (1996) before his breakthrough role as a gay boom operator in Paul Thomas Anderson's drama Boogie Nights (1997), for which he received critical acclaim.[4] In the same year, he appeared in the Revolutionary War documentary series Liberty! (1997). Two years later, he played a kind nurse in Anderson's Magnolia and an arrogant playboy in The Talented Mr. Ripley, for which he received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor.[5] Hoffman made his Broadway debut the following year with his lead role in True West which garnered him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.[6]

A photograph of Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2010
Hoffman in 2010

Hoffman received the Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the 2005 biographical film Capote.[7][8] He followed this by playing an arms dealer in the action spy film Mission: Impossible III (2006) and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos in the Mike Nichols-directed Charlie Wilson's War (2007).[9] Hoffman's performance as a priest suspected of child abuse in the period drama Doubt (2008) with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category.[9][10][11][12] In the same year, he played a troubled theatre director in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York.[13]

In 2010, he made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy Jack Goes Boating, an adaptation of the 2007 play in which he had also starred. Two years later, he played a cult leader in Anderson's psychological drama The Master and Willy Loman in the play Death of a Salesman.[14] For the former, Hoffman was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and for the latter he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.[15][16] He died of an accidental mixed drug overdose on February 2, 2014, at the age of 46.[17] In his New York Times obituary, he was described as "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation".[18] Broadway theatres dimmed their lights for one minute in tribute.[19]

FilmEdit

List of film credits
Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
1991 Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Klutch Credited as Phil Hoffman [20]
1992 Szuler Martin English title: Cheat
Credited as Phil Hoffman
[21]
1992 My New Gun Chris [22]
1992 Leap of Faith Matt [23]
1992 Scent of a Woman George Willis, Jr. Credited as Philip S. Hoffman [23]
1993 My Boyfriend's Back Chuck Bronski [24]
1993 Joey Breaker Wiley McCall [23]
1993 Money for Nothing Cochran Credited as Philip S. Hoffman [23]
1994 The Getaway Frank Hansen Credited as Philip Hoffman [25]
1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Gary [26]
1994 Nobody's Fool Officer Raymer [27]
1995 The Fifteen Minute Hamlet Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes Short film [28]
1996 Hard Eight Young Craps Player [29]
1996 Twister Dustin "Dusty" Davis [30]
1997 Boogie Nights Scotty J. [31]
1997 Culture Bill Short film [32]
1998 Montana Duncan [29]
1998 The Big Lebowski Brandt [33]
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Sean Credited as Phil Hoffman [21]
1998 Happiness Allen [34]
1998 Patch Adams Mitch [35]
1999 Flawless Rusty Zimmerman [29]
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley Freddie Miles [34][36]
1999 Magnolia Phil Parma [9][29]
2000 State and Main Joseph Turner White [37]
2000 Almost Famous Lester Bangs [34]
2002 Love Liza Wilson Joel [34]
2002 Punch-Drunk Love Dean Trumbell [34]
2002 Red Dragon Freddy Lounds [34]
2002 25th Hour Jacob Elinsky [29]
2003 Owning Mahowny Dan Mahowny [29]
2003 The Party's Over Himself Documentary [38]
2003 Cold Mountain Reverend Veasey [29]
2004 Along Came Polly Sandy Lyle [37]
2005 Strangers with Candy Henry Cameo [39]
2005 Capote Truman Capote Also executive producer [29]
2006 Mission: Impossible III Owen Davian [34]
2007 The Savages Jon Savage [29]
2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Andy Hanson [40]
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos [34]
2008 Synecdoche, New York Caden Cotard [29]
2008 Doubt Father Brendan Flynn [29]
2009 Mary and Max Max Jerry Horowitz (voice) [41]
2009 The Boat That Rocked The Count [29]
2009 The Invention of Lying Jim the Bartender Cameo [29]
2010 Jack Goes Boating Jack Also director and executive producer [29]
2011 The Ides of March Paul Zara [29]
2011 Moneyball Art Howe [34]
2012 The Master Lancaster Dodd [34]
2012 A Late Quartet Robert Gelbart [42]
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Plutarch Heavensbee [34]
2014 God's Pocket Mickey Scarpato Also producer [29]
2014 A Most Wanted Man Günther Bachmann [29]
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Plutarch Heavensbee Posthumous release [34]
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Plutarch Heavensbee Posthumous release [34]

TelevisionEdit

List of television credits
Year(s) Title Role(s) Notes Ref(s)
1991 Law & Order Steven B. Hanauer Episode: "The Violence of Summer"
Credited as Philip Hoffman
[43]
1994 The Yearling Buck Television film [44]
1997 Liberty! Joseph Plumb Martin (voice) 4 episodes
Documentary
[32]
2005 Empire Falls Charlie Mayne 2 episodes
Miniseries
[45]
2009 Arthur Will Toffman (voice) Episode: "No Acting Please" [46]
2014 Happyish Thom Payne Unaired pilot [47]

StageEdit

List of theater credits
Year(s) Title Theater Role Notes Ref(s)
1996 The Skriker The Public Theater RawHeadAndBloodyBones April 23 – May 26 [48]
1997–1998 Defying Gravity The American Place Theatre C.B. November 2, 1997 – January 4, 1998 [49]
1998 Shopping and Fucking New York Theatre Workshop Mark March 17 – April 11 [50]
1999 The Author's Voice & Imagining Brad Greenwich House Theater Gene May 11–29 [51][52]
2000 True West Circle in the Square Theatre Lee / Austin March 2 – June 18 [6]
2000 Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train Classic Stage Company N/A Director; November 29 – December 31 [53]
2001 The Seagull Delacorte Theater Konstantin August 12–26 [54]
2001 The Glory of Living MCC Theater N/A Director; October 30 – December 1 [55]
2003 Our Lady of 121st Street Union Square Theatre N/A Director; March 6 – July 27 [56]
2003 Long Day's Journey into Night Plymouth Theatre James Tyrone, Jr. May 6 – August 31 [57]
2003 Dutch Heart of Man The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; September 25 – October 19 [58]
2004 Guinea Pig Solo The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; May 9 – June 6 [59]
2004 Sailor's Song The Public Theater N/A Executive director; November 7–21 [60]
2005 The Last Days of Judas Iscariot The Public Theater N/A Director and artistic director; March 2 – April 3 [61]
2005 Sawbones St. Ann's Warehouse
Royal Festival Hall
Frontier Veterinarian April 28–30, May 13 [62]
2006 School of the Americas The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; July 6–23 [63]
2006 A Small, Melodramatic Story The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; October 24 – November 5 [64]
2007 Jack Goes Boating The Public Theater Jack Artistic director; March 18 – April 29 [65]
2007 A View from 151st Street The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; October 18 – November 4 [66]
2008 Unconditional The Public Theater N/A Artistic director; February 18 – March 9 [67]
2008 The Little Flower of East Orange The Public Theater N/A Director; April 6 – May 4 [68]
2009 Othello Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Iago September 27 – October 4 [69]
2010 The Long Red Road Goodman Theatre N/A Director; February 22 – March 21 [70]
2012 Death of a Salesman Ethel Barrymore Theatre Willy Loman March 15 – June 2 [71]
2013 A Family for All Occasions Bank Street Theater N/A Director; May 12–26 [72]

ReferencesEdit

General

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Specific

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