Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is an American actor and director. Hoffman began acting in television in 1991, and the following year started to appear in films. He gradually gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films, including Scent of a Woman (1992), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Happiness (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr.
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23 July 1967
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Fairport
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner recounts how he slid back into drug addiction - USA TODAY
Google News - 2 months
USA TODAY Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner recounts how he slid back into drug addiction USA TODAY Mimi O'Donnell has detailed the loss of her longtime partner, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, in a very raw essay. In the piece published in Vogue Wednesday, the costume designer turned director-producer speaks candidly of the Oscar-winner's relapse ... Philip Seymour Hoffman's Partner Mimi O'Donnell Details Late Actor's Struggle with AdditionPEOPLE.com Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner was 'terrified' when he relapsedPage Six Mimi O'Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of AddictionVogue.com Us Weekly -UPROXX -New York Daily News -Fox News all 59 news articles »
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's partner Mimi O'Donnell details late actor's horrifying drug addiction
Fox News - 2 months
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s longtime partner Mimi O’Donnell detailed on Wednesday the late actor’s struggle with drug addiction and how she and their children have coped with the death.
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Hold Your Head High, Princess Leia. You Are So Much More Than An Autopsy Report.
Huffington Post - 8 months
Addiction is a chronic disease. That’s what the Alcoholics Anonymous book says. It’s common knowledge in the recovery community that nobody is perfect. Relapse doesn’t make someone a saint or a sinner, but rather affirms the vulnerability that is part of addiction. Treatment doesn’t magically turn someone into a better, stronger person just because they put down their substance of choice. But it does teach them how to navigate deadly cravings and be vigilant. Good treatment also teaches that there is no finish line: there is no “fine.” The chronic, recurring disease is just as deadly 20 years after the first day in remission. But there are people who we hold up as incredible examples of what recovery can be. Carrie Fisher was one of them. She fought for her sanity and her recovery. She was leader of the Rebellion in the Star Wars movies, and she was the leader of our collective metaphoric rebellion. Those of us in long-term recovery saw her speak for us, speak to us, and finally ...
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Ethan Hawke lets us in his editing room and reveals what Philip Seymour Hoffman taught him
LATimes - 9 months
The sun breaks across rooftops in the early days of a Brooklyn spring. The sidewalks are quiet, and Ethan Hawke is inside editing a movie he’s directed about a shot-to-death singer most people have never heard of. The screen fills with a misfit’s raucous delight at banging on drums and mocking...
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Remembrances of Working with Philip Seymour Hoffman
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
On the occasion of a retrospective of the actor’s greatest films at the Museum of the Moving Image, actors, directors and others recall his famous intensity. ‘He’s just kind of unfathomable.’
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Imogen Poots Is 'Very, Very Happy' In Her Career, So It's Time You Know Her Name
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
For Imogen Poots, 2015 marked a new beginning. Across the better part of a decade, she'd scored noteworthy roles in movies like "28 Weeks Later," "Solitary Man" and "Jane Eyre" without ever quite transcending emerging-actress limbo. But as the 2010s inch forward, Poots has always been on the cusp of breaking through -- with the vampire horror-comedy "Fight Night," the rowdy bromance "That Awkward Moment" and the noisy Aaron Paul racing vehicle "Need for Speed."  But it's the movies that have struggled to secure much shelf life where Poots has found her true calling. She played Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener's daughter in 2011's "A Late Quartet" before starring as Linda Keith, one of Jimi Hendrix's lovers, in the under-appreciated 2013 biopic "Jimi: All Is By My Side" and as an earnest call-girl-turned-Broadway-hopeful in Peter Bogdanovich's 2015 screwball comedy "She's Funny That Way." This year alone, she's appeared in the Sundance drama "Frank & Lola," Terrence...
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From silver screen to tablet: The best movies on HBO Go and HBO Now
Yahoo News - about 2 years
This list is continually updated to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on HBO’s premium services, HBO Go and HBO Now. True to its name, HBO has always aimed to bring the box office into people’s homes. That is easier than ever thanks to their streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. There are many movies on HBO’s platform, however, not all of them necessarily qualify as “great.” If you feel like streaming a movie and don’t want to waste your time on dreck, check out our list of the very best HBO has to offer. Related: Here’s what’s coming to HBO in February and what’s going away Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Next Page: Comedy… Choose a genre: Comedy Drama Action/Sci-fi Comedy Beetlejuice Please enable Javascript to watch this video Tim Burton’s best films often center around a clever premise. In Beetlejuice , married ghosts Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis), having died in a car accident, are distressed to find that th...
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Eternally Thrilling: Estelle Parsons Directs <i>The Last Days of Judas Iscariot</i> at the Actors Studio
Huffington Post - about 2 years
It's only natural that the battle for a man's soul feels dangerous, especially when that man betrayed Jesus. There has been a crackling element of menace throughout the rehearsals for Estelle Parsons' production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, to the point that the Oscar winner/theatre icon tells me, "We stopped [one exercise] when it was clear that it was going to result in violence." Such things aren't uncommon at the Actors Studio, where Judas is the third play in Parsons' "Theater and Social Justice" series, which examines works that address such large cultural themes as race, poverty, and religion. But unlike the program's previous minimalist productions -- Leland Gantt's solo show Rhapsody in Black and the three-character Mud by Maria Irene Fornés -- Judas is a grand spectacle, featuring a cast of twenty-seven and a nearly three-hour running time. Thanks to the actors' intense vivacity (which includes that air of conflict) and Parsons' electrifying di...
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Why We Grieve The Loss Of Cultural Icons
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The world lost two of its greatest performers this week: legendary rock star David Bowie and British actor Alan Rickman. Bowie and Rickman both succumbed to cancer at the age of 69, leaving behind a world in mourning for the loss of two brilliant and beloved creative minds.  The outpouring of grief, while fresh in its emotional intensity, after the death of a celebrity follows a familiar pattern. After the 2014 deaths of beloved actors Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the public also displayed shock, grief and a deep sense of loss.  Why do we grieve so much over artists -- over people we've never even met before? One viral tweet pretty much summed it up: Thinking about how we mourn artists we've never met. We don't cry because we knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves. — Juliette (@ElusiveJ) January 11, 2016 Although we don't know these iconic performers and view them from a distance, many of us feel a deep sense of connectio...
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Best of the Year: The Best and Worst Networks of 2015
Yahoo News - about 2 years
There were so many different companies producing TV in 2015 that "network" or "channel" are barely correct descriptors. But no matter if we're talking a century-old broadcaster, an upstart, niché channel, or an online-shopping retailer turned content producer, this year brought us so much TV that there are some pretty clear winners and losers among those making this stuff. That's what I'm hear to discuss. Before we jump into it, let me say that this isn't just about ratings—of the overnight, DVR, or social media variety. If you want to know what networks had the most successful 2015 based on Nielsen's wizardry, there are other places to go for that. Instead, this list celebrates good shows, surprising developments, and smart decisions (and all the opposite of all that, too). 2015 WAS GOOD TO THESE NETWORKS THE CW From internet punching bag to internet favorite. The CW built up a head of steam at the end of 2014 with the debuts of Jane the Virgin and The Flash , but this year has been ...
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Late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has small but memorable turn in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'
LATimes - over 2 years
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died unexpectedly nearly two years ago of a drug overdose, he was midway through filming the final two "Hunger Games" films. Many were left wondering how director Francis Lawrence would handle the sudden passing of an actor who had played a significant role in the franchise...
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Late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has small but memorable turn in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'
LATimes - over 2 years
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died unexpectedly nearly two years ago of a drug overdose, he was midway through filming the final two "Hunger Games" films. Many were left wondering how director Francis Lawrence would handle the sudden passing of an actor who had played a significant role in the franchise...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 46
    Hoffman's unexpected death was widely lamented by fans and the film industry, and was described by several commentators as a considerable loss to the profession. On February 5, 2014, the LAByrinth Theatre Company honored his memory by holding a candlelight vigil, and Broadway dimmed its lights for one minute.
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    A funeral was held at St. Ignatius Loyola church in Manhattan on February 7, 2014 and was attended by many of his former co-stars.
    Although friends stated that Hoffman's drug use was under control at the time, on February 2, 2014 the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment by a friend – playwright and screenwriter David Bar Katz.
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    In February 2014, he was found dead with a syringe of heroin still in his arm, but official cause of death was combined drug intoxication – an unexpected event that was widely lamented in the film and theater industries.
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    In November 2014, nine months after his death, Hoffman was seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    However, he relapsed in 2013, and admitted himself to drug rehabilitation for approximately 10 days in May of that year.
    Hoffman and O'Donnell separated in the fall of 2013, some months before his death.
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Hoffman rarely mentioned his personal life in interviews, stating in 2012 that he would "rather not because my family doesn't have any choice.
    A Late Quartet was Hoffman's other film release of 2012, where he played a violinist in a string quartet whose members (played by Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir) face a crisis when one is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
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    In the spring of 2012, Hoffman made his final stage appearance, starring as Willy Loman in a Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    Hoffman next had significant supporting roles in two films, both released in the last third of 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    In addition to Jack Goes Boating, in 2010 Hoffman also directed Brett C. Leonard's tragic drama The Long Red Road for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    On stage in 2009, Hoffman played Iago in Peter Sellars' futuristic production of Othello (with the title role by John Ortiz), which received mixed reviews.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    The year 2008 contained two significant Hoffman roles.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Returning to independent films in 2007, Hoffman began with a starring role in Tamara Jenkins's The Savages, where he and Laura Linney played siblings responsible for putting their dementia-ridden father (Philip Bosco) in a care home.
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  • 2006
    Age 38
    In a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes, Hoffman revealed he had engaged in drug and alcohol abuse during his time at New York University, saying he had used "anything I could get my hands on.
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    In 2006, he appeared in the summer blockbuster Mission: Impossible III, playing the villainous arms dealer Owen Davian opposite Tom Cruise.
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    In 2006, Premiere magazine listed his role in Capote as the 35th greatest movie performance of all time.
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  • 2004
    Age 36
    In 2004, he appeared as the crude, has-been actor friend of Ben Stiller's character in the box office hit Along Came Polly.
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  • 2003
    Age 35
    Hoffman's second 2003 appearance was a small role in Anthony Minghella's successful Civil War epic Cold Mountain.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    His fourth appearance of 2002 came in Spike Lee's drama 25th Hour, playing an English teacher who makes a devastating drunken mistake.
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    Later in 2002, Hoffman starred opposite Adam Sandler and Emily Watson in Anderson's critically acclaimed fourth picture, the surrealist romantic comedy-drama Punch-Drunk Love (2002), where he played an illegal phone-sex "supervisor".
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    In 2002, Hoffman was given his first leading role (despite joking at the time "Even if I was hired into a leading-man part, I'd probably turn it into the non-leading-man part") in Todd Louiso's tragicomedy Love Liza (2002).
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  • 2000
    Age 32
    Hoffman was also discreet about his religious and political beliefs, but it is known that he voted for the Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election.
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    The following year, Hoffman featured as the narrator and interviewer in The Party's Over, a documentary about the 2000 U.S. elections.
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    David Mamet's comedy State and Main, about the difficulties of shooting a film in rural New England, was Hoffman's first film role of 2000 and had a limited release.
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    This success continued with the 2000 Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West, where Hoffman alternated roles nightly with co-star John C. Reilly, making 154 appearances between March and July 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    For the last 14 years of his life, he was in a relationship with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, whom he had met in 1999 when they were both working on the play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which Hoffman directed.
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    Hoffman had begun to be recognized as a theater actor in 1999, when he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor for the off-Broadway play The Author's Voice.
    In 1999, Hoffman starred opposite Robert De Niro as drag queen Rusty Zimmerman in Joel Schumacher's drama Flawless.
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  • 1998
    Age 30
    His final 1998 release was more mainstream, as he appeared as a medical graduate in the Robin Williams comedy Patch Adams.
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    Between March and April 1998, Hoffman made 30 appearances on stage at the New York Theatre Workshop in a production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, portraying an ex-heroin addict.
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    Continuing with this momentum, Hoffman appeared in five films in 1998.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 28
    Between April and May 1996, Hoffman appeared at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in a Mark Wing-Davey production of Caryl Churchill's The Skriker.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    Hoffman's only film appearance of 1995 was in the 22-minute short comedy The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, which satirized the film industry in an Elizabethan setting.
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    Still considering stage work to be fundamental to his career, Hoffman joined the LAByrinth Theater Company of New York City in 1995.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    In 1994, he portrayed an inexperienced mobster in the crime thriller The Getaway, starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, and appeared with Andy García and Meg Ryan in the romantic drama When a Man Loves a Woman.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    After graduating, Hoffman worked in off-Broadway theater and made additional money with customer service jobs. He made his screen debut in 1991, in a Law & Order episode called "The Violence of Summer", playing a man accused of rape.
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  • 1989
    Age 21
    He received a drama degree in 1989.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 16
    Acting gradually became a passion for Hoffman: "I loved the camaraderie of it, the people, and that's when I decided it was what I wanted to do." At the age of 17, he was selected to attend the 1984 New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, where he met his future collaborators Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967, in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York.
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