Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Highest Rated: 95% Mary and Max (2009)

Lowest Rated: 14% My Boyfriend's Back (1993)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1967

Birthplace: Fairport, New York, USA

One of the most original, versatile, and steadily employed actors in Hollywood, Philip Seymour Hoffman made a name for himself playing some of the most dysfunctional characters in movie history. Although he had been acting for years, most audiences were first introduced to the actor in the award-winning Boogie Nights, where he played a nebbishy soundman with a jones for Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler. Imbuing his character with both humor and poignant complexity, Hoffman was one of the more memorable aspects of an unforgettable film.Born in Fairport, NY, in 1968, Hoffman trained at New York's Tisch School of Drama. Before breaking into film, he did a host of theater work, performing in New York, Chicago, and on a European tour. He made his film debut in the 1992 film Scent of a Woman, a critically acclaimed picture starring Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell. Roles in a number of films of varying quality followed, including My New Gun (1992) and When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). The actor then nabbed a sizable role in Jan de Bont's 1996 tornado thriller Twister and the same year began an ongoing working relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson by appearing in his directorial debut Hard Eight. The crime drama, which also starred Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson, received positive critical attention, although it didn't create more than a minor blip at the box office. However, Hoffman's next feature and second collaboration with Anderson, Boogie Nights (1997), was both a critical and financial success, scoring a host of Academy Award nominations and simultaneously reviving the careers of some of its stars, such as Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg, while providing a breakthrough for others, such as Heather Graham and Hoffman himself. He next appeared in the Robin Williams comedy Patch Adams (1998), and the same year starred in two critically acclaimed independent films, Todd Solondz's Happiness and Brad Anderson's Next Stop Wonderland. The prolific actor added an appearance in The Big Lebowski (also 1998) to his already impressive resumé. In addition to his burgeoning acting career, Hoffman won favorable notices for his directing debut with the off-Broadway In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings. Hoffman came into his own with three notable performances in 1999. He reunited with Paul Thomas Anderson to play empathic hospice nurse Phil Parma, one of the emotional anchors in Magnolia. His portrayal of upper-crust snob Freddie Miles in The Talented Mr. Ripley earned him strong notices from many critics. Hoffman's peers awarded him with a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his role as a cross dresser in Flawless opposite Robert De Niro. He returned to the Broadway stage with fellow Anderson regular John C. Reilly to play very different brothers in Sam Shepard's True West. They took a risk by switching the lead roles every three days. Their hard work earned critical raves, and each was nominated for a Tony award. In 2000, Cameron Crowe cast Hoffman as Crowe's childhood hero Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, and David Mamet tapped him to be part of the impressive ensemble in State and Main.Hoffman maintained his status as one of the most respected and hardest-working actors in the new decade by delivering an excellent supporting turn in Red Dragon as an unctuous tabloid reporter. That same year he co-starred in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, and played the bad guy for old collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson in the offbeat romantic comedy Punch-Drunk Love. 2002 also saw the release of Love Liza, a very low-budget film scripted by Hoffman's brother and directed by actor Todd Louiso that starred Phil as a grieving husband addicted to huffing gas fumes. The next year found Hoffman starring as a gambling addict in the small scale Canadian drama Owning Mahowny, and turning in a memorable supporting performance as an amoral preacher in the big screen adaptation of Cold Mountain. Hoffman was in theaters again at the beginning of 2004 as the best friend in the Ben Stiller c

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Plutarch Heavensbee $254.7M 2015
69% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Plutarch Heavensbee $295.5M 2014
87% A Most Wanted Man Gunter Bachmann $14.1M 2014
30% Lullaby Uncle Percy 2014
37% God's Pocket Producer Mickey Scarpato $97.5K 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Plutarch Heavensbee $336.7M 2013
36% Salinger Actor $0.6M 2013
76% A Late Quartet Robert Gelbart (Violin) $1.5M 2012
85% The Master Lancaster Dodd $15.9M 2012
84% The Ides of March Paul Zara Philip $41M 2011
94% Moneyball Art Howe $75.7M 2011
68% Jack Goes Boating Jack Executive Producer Director $0.4M 2010
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) The Count $8.1M 2009
56% The Invention of Lying Jim the Bartender $18.5M 2009
80% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Actor 2009
95% Mary and Max Max Jerry Horowitz 2009
80% Doubt Father Brendan Flynn $33.5M 2008
68% Synecdoche, New York Caden Cotard $3.1M 2008
82% Charlie Wilson's War Gust $66.7M 2007
89% The Savages Jon Savage $6.5M 2007
88% Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Andy $7M 2007
70% Mission: Impossible III Owen Davian $133.5M 2006
No Score Yet Making Capote: Concept to Script Actor 2006
No Score Yet Truman Capote: Answered Prayers Actor 2006
90% Capote Truman Capote Executive Producer $28.4M 2005
No Score Yet Empire Falls C.B. Whiting/Charlie Mayne 2005
52% Strangers with Candy Henry $2M 2005
26% Along Came Polly Sandy Lyle $87.9M 2004
70% Cold Mountain Veasey 2003
79% Owning Mahowny Dan Mahowny $0.8M 2003
78% 25th Hour Jakob Elinsky 2003
79% Punch-Drunk Love Dean Trumbell $17.9M 2002
68% Red Dragon Freddy Lounds $93M 2002
53% Love Liza Wilson Joel 2002
56% The Party's Over Actor 2001
86% State and Main Joseph $5.8M 2000
89% Almost Famous Lester Bangs $31.8M 2000
83% The Talented Mr. Ripley Freddie Miles 1999
83% Magnolia Phil Parma 1999
43% Flawless Rusty Zimmerman 1999
22% Patch Adams Mitch 1998
81% Happiness Allen 1998
75% Next Stop Wonderland Sean 1998
No Score Yet Montana Duncan 1998
82% The Big Lebowski Brandt 1998
93% Boogie Nights Scotty 1997
57% Twister Dusty 1996
83% Hard Eight Young Craps Player 1996
No Score Yet The Fifteen Minute Hamlet Actor 1995
91% Nobody's Fool Officer Raymer 1994
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Gary 1994
No Score Yet The Yearling Buck Forrester 1994
No Score Yet Szuler (Cheat) Actor 1994
33% The Getaway Frank Hansen 1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing Cochran 1993
14% My Boyfriend's Back Chuck Bronski 1993
No Score Yet Joey Breaker McCall 1993
88% Scent of a Woman George Willis Jr. 1992
62% Leap of Faith Matt 1992
No Score Yet Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Actor 1991

TV

Credit
58% 666 Park Avenue
2012-2013
Roger Easton 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2012
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Lawyer 2010
No Score Yet Arthur
1996
Voice 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2008
2005
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Eddie Feldman Steven B. Hanauer, hypnotherapist 1993
1991

QUOTES FROM Philip Seymour Hoffman CHARACTERS

Caden Cotard says: I will be dying and so will you, and so will everyone here. That's what I want to explore. We're all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive. Each of us knowing we're going to die, each of us secretly believing we won't.

Rusty Zimmerman says: On her knees at church begging Jesus, Mary, Joseph and every goddamned saint in heaven to forgive her for giving birth to Cruella de Fag. And being a slave to my father before he died. You would have loved each other. He thought Archie Bunker was a flaming Liberal.

Rusty Zimmerman says: You could never be as stupid as I think you are.

Rusty Zimmerman says: What are you, channeling Jesse Helms?

Lancaster Dodd says: If you leave me now, in the next life you will be my sworn enemy. And I will show you no mercy.

Lancaster Dodd says: What honor do you have?

Charlie Wilson says: You did a hell of a job for the son of a soda pop maker.

Gust Avrakotos says: "We'll see", said the Zen master.

Caden Cotard says: Hazel, what do you think of this title? Unknown, Unkissed and Lost?

Max Jerry Horowitz says: You are my friend, my only friend.

Dean Trumbell says: Fuck you. You're a pervert. Think you can be a pervert and not pay for it?

Reverend Veasey says: Thank you. I was gonna do a grievous thing.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Dr Bernard Hazelhof says it is good to have goals but not stupid ones like mine.

Plutarch Heavensbee says: This is the revolution, and you are the mockingjay.

Plutarch Heavensbee says: This is the revolution and you are the Mockingjay.

Freddie Miles says: How's the peeping Tommy

Freddie Miles says: How's the peeping, Tommy

Freddie Miles says: How's the peeping, Tommy?

President Snow says: Her entire species must be... eradicated.

President Snow says: Her entire species must be eradicated.

Plutarch Heavensbee says: Her species, sir?

President Snow says: The other victors. Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they're invincible.

President Snow says: Her entire species must be eradicated.

Plutarch Heavensbee says: Her species, sir?

President Snow says: The other victors. Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they're invisible.

President Snow says: The other victors. Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they're invincible.

President Snow says: (on Katniss Everdeen) She has become a big kind of hope for them. She has to be eliminated. What do you think?

President Snow says: She has become a big kind of hope for them. She has to be eliminated. What do you think?

Plutarch Heavensbee says: I agree. She should die, but in the right way and the right time.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Jurors are outstanding members of the community who haven't murdered anybody.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Did you know that turtles can breathe through their anuses?

Freddie Quell says: What do you do?

Lancaster Dodd says: I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: What happened in the rectory?

Father Brendan Flynn says: Happened?

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: Hmm.

Father Brendan Flynn says: Nothing happened, I had a talk with the boy.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: What about?

Father Brendan Flynn says: Private matter.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: He's twelve years old, what could be private?

Lancaster Dodd says: I would like to talk to you today about cold feet, and narrow minds. People with cold feet cannot move forward. People with narrow minds cannot move side to side.

Lancaster Dodd says: Are you thoughtless in your remarks?

Freddie Quell says: No.

Lancaster Dodd says: Is your life a struggle?

Lancaster Dodd says: Is your behavior erratic?

Lancaster Dodd says: Are you unpredictable?

Freddie Quell says: [farts and laughs]

Lancaster Dodd says: What a horrible young man you are. This is acting like an animal. A dirty animal that eats its own feces when hungry.

Dan Mahowny says: Double or nothing?

Lancaster Dodd says: Your fear of capture and imprisonment is from millions of years ago. You are not there. You are asleep.

Lester Bangs says: They made you feel cool. And hey, I met you. You are not cool.

William Miller says: I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn't. I'm glad you were home.

Lester Bangs says: I'm always home. I'm uncool.

Lancaster Dodd says: "I want to get you on a slow boat to China, all by yourself, alone."

Lancaster Dodd says: I want to get you on a slow boat to China, all by yourself, alone.

Lancaster Dodd says: I have unlocked, and discovered, a secret. A secret to living in these bodies that we hold.

Lancaster Dodd says: If we are not helping him, then it is we who have failed him.

Lancaster Dodd says: If we are not helping him, then it is we who are failing him.

Lancaster Dodd says: Leave your worries for a while. They'll be here when you get back.

Lancaster Dodd says: Leave your worries for a while. They'll be there when you get back.

Truman Capote says: "...and I will never get over it."

Truman Capote says: ...and I will never get over it.

Lancaster Dodd says: If we meet again, in the next life, you will be my sworn enemy and I will show you no mercy.

Lancaster Dodd says: If you figure out a way to live without a master, any master, be sure to let the rest of us know, for you would be the first in the history of the world.

Lancaster Dodd says: What we will do now will urge you toward existence.

Lancaster Dodd says: What we will do now will urge you toward existence, within a group, a society, a family.

Lester Bangs says: You CANNOT make friends with the rock stars. That's what's important. If you're a rock journalist - first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they'll buy you drinks, you'll meet girls, they'll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs... I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it.

Lancaster Dodd says: Man is not an animal. We are not a part of the ANIMAL kingdom.

Father Brendan Flynn says: Where's your compassion?

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: Nowhere you can get at it

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: Nowhere you can get at it.

Reverend Veasey says: Hey! Look at this! This is a good saw.

Inman says: It's not yours. You take it, you make us another enemy. You are a Christian- don't you know your commandments?

Reverend Veasey says: You'll find the good Lord very flexible on the subject of property. We could do a lot with this saw...

Earl Partridge says: You know, those child breeding hips...

Phil Parma says: [Nods and smiles]

Phil Parma says: [nods and smiles]

Lancaster Dodd says: You seem so familiar to me.

Freddie Sutton says: Wha what do you do?

Freddie Quell says: Yeah, what do you do?

Lancaster Dodd says: I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher... but above all I am a man. Hopelessly Inquisitive man, just like you.

Lancaster Dodd says: I do many, many things. I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but, above all, I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.

Lester Bangs says: Of course I'm home. I'm uncool.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: I cannot understand how being honest can be.... improper

Max Jerry Horowitz says: I cannot understand how being honest can be... improper.

Bunny Lebowski says: I'll suck your cock for a thousand dollars.

Brandt says: Ah... Ha... ha... HA! Yes, we're all very fond of her.

Bunny Lebowski says: Brandt can't watch, though. Or it's an extra hundred.

The Dude says: Okay... just give me a minute. I gotta go find a cash machine...

Max Jerry Horowitz says: The reason I forgive you is because you are not perfect. You are imperfect. And so am I. All humans are imperfect. Even the man outside my apartment who litters. When I was young, I wanted to be anybody but myself. Dr. Bernard Hasselhoff said if I was on a desert island, then I would have to get used to my own company. Just me… and the coconuts. He said I would have to accept myself: my warts and all. And that we don’t get to choose our warts. They are a part of us and we have to live with them. We can however, choose our friends. And I am glad I have chosen you. Dr. Bernard Hasselhoff also said that everyone’s lives are like a very long sidewalk. Some are well paved. Others, like mine, have cracks, banana skins and cigarette butts. Your sidewalk is like mine, but probably not as many cracks. Hopefully, one day our sidewalks will meet and we can share a can of condensed milk. You are my best friend. You are my only friend.

Caden Cotard says: I will be dying and so will you, and so will everyone here. That's what I want to explore. We're all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive. Each of us knowing we're going to die, each of us secretly believing we won't.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: When I was young, I invented an invisible friend called Mr Ravioli. My psychiatrist says I don't need him anymore, so he just sits in the corner and reads.

Sandy Lyle says: LET IT RAIN!!!!

Sandy Lyle says: LET IT RAIN!

Sandy Lyle says: Best Man is in the house. (Slips and falls)

Sandy Lyle says: Best Man is in the house. [slips and falls]

Sandy Lyle says: RAIN DROPS!!!!

Sandy Lyle says: RAIN DROPS!

Sandy Lyle says: OLD SCHOOL!!!

Sandy Lyle says: OLD SCHOOL!

Sandy Lyle says: RAINDANCE!!!

Sandy Lyle says: RAIN DANCE!

Art Howe says: Do you agree with this?

Peter Brand says: 100% Do you want the door open or closed?

Peter Brand says: 100 percent. Do you want the door open or closed?

Scotty says: Im such an Idiot!!!!!!!!!

Scotty says: I'm such an idiot!

Phil Parma says: Frogs are falling from the sky.

The Count says: I plan on broadcasting from this boat till the day i die......and a few days after that."

The Count says: I plan on broadcasting from this boat till the day I die... and a few days after that.

Father Brendan Flynn says: Where's your compassion?

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: Nowhere you can get at it.

Father Brendan Flynn says: You have no right to act on your own. You have taken vows; obedience being one. You answer to us. You have no right to step outside the church

Father Brendan Flynn says: You have no right to act on your own. You have taken vows; obedience being one. You answer to us. You have no right to step outside the church.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: I will step outside the church! If that's what needs to be done, though the door should shut behind me, I will do what needs to be done!

Paul Zara Philip says: ...and Ida, I am going to go take a shit.

Sandy Lyle says: did u spank her

Reuben Feffer says: yeah i tried but i dont think she liked it

Sandy Lyle says: well... some women find it offensive

Sandy Lyle says: i just sharted

Sandy Lyle says: I just sharted.

Reuben Feffer says: i dont know what that means

Reuben Feffer says: I don't know what that means.

Sandy Lyle says: i tried to fart and a little shit came out i sharted alright now lets go

Sandy Lyle says: I tried to fart and a little shit came out. I just sharted. Now let's go.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Unfortunately, in America, babies are not found in cola cans. I asked my mother when I was four, and she said they came from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren't Jewish, they're laid by Catholic nuns. If you're atheist, they're laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Unfortunately, in America, babies are not found in cola cans. I asked my mother when I was four, and she said they came from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren't Jewish, they're laid by Catholic nuns. If you're an atheist, they' re laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes.

Andy Hanson says: You sure I'm your son!

Sandy Lyle says: Dude, No. This is serious, I just sharted.

Sandy Lyle says: Dude, no. This is serious. I just sharted.

Lester Bangs says: You wanna be a true friend to them? Be honest, and unmerciful.

Lester Bangs says: The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.

Father Brendan Flynn says: I can fight you.

Sister Aloysius Beauvier says: You will lose.

Paul Zara Philip says: It doesn't matter what you thought, it matters what you did, it matters what you didn't do.

Paul Zara Philip says: It doesn't matter what you thought. It matters what you did. It matters what you didn't do.

Hank Hanson says: You're a prick.

Andy Hanson says: I always was.

Dex says: You don't look happy. Mind if I call you "Groucho"?

Andy Hanson says: No, I don't mind.

Connie says: In a bathtub, I imagined I was with you.

Jack says: You took a bath?

Jack says: Don't worry, I'm a good swimmer.

Connie says: I knew you'd be good.

Max Jerry Horowitz says: Do you have a favourite-sounding word? My top-five are "ointment," "bumblebee," "Vladivostok," "banana," and "testicle."