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Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Hoffman in October 2011
Born July 23, 1967
Died February 2, 2014(2014-02-02) (aged 46)
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1991–2014
Partner(s) Mimi O'Donnell
Children 3
Relatives Gordy Hoffman (brother)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor.

Early life

He was born in Fairport, New York. He had a brother, writer Gordy Hoffman (born 1964) and two sisters. Hoffman's mother was a Roman Catholic of Irish origin. His father was a Protestant of part-German origin. Hoffman studied at New York State Summer School of the Arts and at Tisch School of the Arts.


Hoffman first started acting in 1991 in an episode of Law & Order. His first movie role was as Matt in the 1992 movie Leap of Faith. He then acted in many movies. His performance as Truman Capote in Capote earned him an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. He also acted on television and in theater. His last movie was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and in The Most Wanted Man.

Personal life

Hoffman lived in Manhattan with his partner Mimi O'Donnell. They were a couple from 1999 until 2013. They had a son and two daughters together.


On February 2, 2014, at the age of 46, Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

Hoffman's funeral was held at St. Ignatius Loyola church, Manhattan, on February 7, 2014.

Selected filmography

  • Boogie Nights
  • Next Stop Wonderland
  • Happiness
  • Flawless
  • Magnolia
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • State and Main
  • Almost Famous
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Owning Mahowny
  • Capote
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • The Savages
  • Charlie Wilson's War
  • Synechdoche, New York
  • Doubt
  • Jack Goes Boating
  • The Ides of March
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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