Philip Seymour HoffmanActor
Born: 23 July 1967
Birthplace: Fairport, New York
Best known as: Oscar-winning star of the 2005 movie Capote
Stage and screen actor Philip Seymour Hoffman won critical raves and an Oscar as best actor for his starring role in the 2005 movie Capote. Hoffman earned a reputation early in his career as a hard-working actor's actor, in supporting roles in films like The Getaway (1994) and Twister (1996). His stock shot up after appearing in the Paul Thomas Anderson dramas Boogie Nights (1997, starring Mark Wahlberg) and Magnolia (1999, with Tom Cruise), and he became a regular player in high-profile movies, including The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, starring Matt Damon) and Almost Famous (2000, as the music critic Lester Bangs). He also proved his comic abilities in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998, with Julianne Moore) and Along Came Polly (2004, with Ben Stiller). Hoffman has a successful stage career too, with two Tony nominations for Best Actor to his credit, for True West (2000) and Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003). He agreed to play writer Truman Capote for a childhood friend, writer/director Bennett Miller, and helped support the production of Capote. The role won him many prizes, including both a Golden Globe and the Oscar. His other films include Red Dragon (2002, starring Ralph Fiennes), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007, with Ethan Hawke), Charlie Wilson's War (2007, starring Tom Hanks) and Doubt (2008, with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis). Hoffman was nominated for Oscars for his supporting roles in Charlie Wilson's War and Doubt.
Extra credit: Hoffman is no relation to fellow actor Dustin Hoffman.
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