Philip Seymour Hoffman
New York University
Circle in the Square Theatre School
Joined the cast of the "Hunger Games" franchise as Plutarch Heavensbee in "Catching Fire"
Played a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master"
Featured in "A Late Quartet"
Portrayed Art Howe, the manager of the Oakland A's in "Moneyball"
Co-starred in "The Ides of March" with George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote and produced
Made his feature film directorial debut with "Jack Goes Boating," based on the play he also wrote
Cast as Iago in a joint production of the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company's "Othello" at the NYU Skirball Center
Played 'The Count,' a rock-loving American disc jockey in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
Portrayed a priest accused of abusing a young student in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play "Doubt"; earned Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations
Co-starred in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche, New York"
Directed the West End premiere of Andrew Upton's "Riflemind"
Co-starred with Laura Linney in "The Savages" as adult siblings who are forced to care for their estranged father; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in "Charlie Wilson's War" directed by Mike Nichols; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
Cast opposite Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in "Mission: Impossible III"
Starred opposite Ed Harris in the drama "Empire Falls"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Portrayed writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller's "Capote," a film written by Dan Futterman that focuses on Capote's close relationship with killer Perry Smith
Cast alongside Ben Stiller, Debra Messing and Jennifer Aniston in "Along Came Polly" a film by writer-director John Hamburg
Starred as Dan Mahowny in "Owning Mahowny" based on the story of the largest one man bank fraud in Canadian history
Joined Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and Renee Zellweger in the all-star cast of director Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"
Co-starred in "Love, Liza," a film scripted by Gordy Hoffman, the actor's brother
Portrayed Freddy Lounds in the thriller feature "Red Dragon, " the prequel to "Silence Of The Lamb"
Reteamed with Anderson for "Punch-Drunk Love," a dark romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson
Cast in director Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour" starring Edward Norton
Played Konstantin in Mike Nichols' staging of Chekhov's "The Seagull" at Central Park's Delacorte Theater
Directed Anna Paquin in her NYC stage debut in "The Glory of Living"
Hosted the documentary "The Last Party 2000," which focused on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for the 2000 Presidential race
Acted opposite John C Reilly in stage revival of Sam Shepard's "True West"; the actors alternated the roles of two brothers during the course of the run; each received Tony nomination as Actor in a Play
Had leading role as a mild-mannered screenwriter in David Mamet's "State and Main"
Staged the play "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" at LAByrinth Theater Company
Portrayed legendary rock writer Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"
Played the gentle caretaker of a dying man in Anderson's "Magnolia"; Anderson wrote the role specifically for Hoffman
Made stage directorial debut with "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings"
Brought life to Freddie Miles, a leering trust fund playboy who gives "The Talented Mr Ripley" some deserved ribbing
Played a by-the-book medical student who clashes with the idealistic titular character in the sentimental biopic "Patch Adams"
Played pivotal supporting role in the Coen brothers' comedy "The Big Lebowski"
Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of "Shopping and Fucking"
Delivered an unsettling and unforgettable turn as loner who enjoys making obscene phone calls in "Happiness"
Cast in breakthrough screen role as Scotty, the crew member with a crush on Mark Wahlberg's character in Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
Featured in the PBS six-part documentary special "Liberty! The American Revolution"
Appeared as one of the storm chasers in a memorable turn in "Twister"
First collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor John C Reilly, a small part in the film "Hard Eight"
Had featured role in Peter Sellars' staging of "The Merchant of Venice"
Made TV-movie debut in "The Yearling" (CBS)
Co-starred as a cocky peer of Chris O'Donnell's earnest college student in "Scent of a Woman"
Had a supporting role in the comedy "Leap of Faith"
Film acting debut in Amos Poe's "Triple Bogey on a Par 5 Hole" (credited as Phil Hoffman)
Guest starred on an episode of the NYC-filmed series "Law & Order" (NBC)
Moved to NYC to attend college
Raised in the Rochester, NY area
Hoffman on finding a way to play Rusty, his transgendered character in "Flawless": "I'm pretty much a guy guy. I had to decide what it was about this person that I could identify with, and I came to this little piece of truth about myself: I have known what it's like to want to be someone else. There was a time in my life, and even now, that I assumed someone else is better than me, sexier than me, more intelligent than me. That's what this guy is about." – to Premiere, October 1999
Paul Thomas Anderson, excitedly extolling the virtues of Philip Seymour Hoffman: "Phil does these things on screen that make you flip out; weird twitches, movements, accidents, stutters. And you guys are f***in' onto it! I know it. I know you're gonna say the right thing, which is, Hey! The jackass character-actor guy is now a lead actor!" – to Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 19, 1999
Hoffman on the subjectivity of "unconventional", in reference to the parts he has played: "Listen to the rhythms of the way you talk. Do you know how high your voice sounds? The quirks you have? The way that you look? Do you think if someone portrayed you accurately in a film, people would be like, 'Hey, that guy, he's playing a leading man role!' Nobody's like that. Humans aren't like that." – to Newsday, Nov. 23, 1999
Hoffman, then starring onstage in a production of Sam Shepard's "True West" on his craft: "Acting's not easy, ever. When you start thinking it's easy, all of a sudden, you suck." – to Time Out New York, Feb. 17-24, 2000
Frequent co-star John C Reilly on Hoffman: "He's an actor's actor, really fearless. He's not afraid to explore all sides of the character, including the ugly, creepy things that go on inside of all our heads." – quoted in The Observer, Nov. 19, 2000
Philip Seymour Hoffman on the similarities he has with characters like the oddly innocent Scotty in "Boogie Nights", namely a penchant for letting his mouth hang open in wonder: "That's how I am. When I was doing David Mamet's movie, he had to keep telling me to keep my mouth closed. I told him, 'That's what happend to me.' This friend of mine does this imitation of me where he opens his mouth and his tongue hangs out. When I'm intently listening to someone, I start turning into this, you know, Labrador retriever or something." – quoted in GQ, January 2001