Mostly Credited As: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sometimes Credited As: Philip S. Hoffman
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Birth Name: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Date Of Birth: July 23, 1967 (Age 46)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Fairport, New York
Height: 5' 9 ½" (1.76 m)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film and stage actor and theatrical director, was born in the Rochester, New York suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989.
He made his feature film debut in the indie production "Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole' (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in "My New Gun" (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, it wasn't until Paul Thomas Anderson's movie "Boogie Nights" that he broke through on the big screen. He quickly became an icon of the indie screen, establishing a reputation as one of cinemas's finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz's "Happiness' (1998), "Flawless" (1999), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999}, "Almost Famous" and (2000) "State and Main" (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as "Red Dragon," "Cold Mountain," and the upcoming "Mission Impossible III" (2006).
Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard's "True West," and as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." His other acting credits in the New York theater include "The Seagull" (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), "Defying Gravity," "The Merchant of Venice" (Directed by Peter Sellars), "Shopping and F*@%ing," and "The Author's Voice" (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed "Our Lady of 121st Street" by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings," and "Jesus Hopped the A Train" by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and "The Glory of Living" by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company.
Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of "Capote" (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor.