Philip Seymour Hoffman
One of Hoffman's earliest mainstream roles was as a defendant in a 1990 episode of the television series Law & Order. He made his film breakthrough in 1992 with Scent of a Woman as a backstabbing classmate to Chris O'Donnell. He later credited that film with kickstarting his film career, as he was stocking shelves at a city grocery at the time before landing the role. Hoffman has established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of noted directors, including Paul Thomas Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Cameron Crowe, Spike Lee, David Mamet, and Anthony Minghella; notably, he has appeared in all four of Anderson's feature films to date (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love). He appeared in The Party's Over, a documentary about the 2000 elections. He starred in Owning Mahowny in 2003 to strong reviews as a bank employee who embezzles money to feed his gambling addiction. He also appeared in Along Came Polly as Ben Stiller's crude has-been actor buddy.
In addition to his film career, Hoffman has been recognized for his work in theater. He has twice been nominated for a Tony Award: as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard's True West, and for Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. Hoffman has also distinguished himself as a director with off-Broadway projects such as Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living, and Stephen Adly Guirgis's Jesus Hopped the A Train and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Hoffman is co-artistic director of New York City's LAByrinth Theater Company, along with actor John Ortiz.
In 2005, Hoffman won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. His performance received numerous high-profile accolades and awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In addition, he was also awarded Best Actor by at least 10 film critic associations, including the National Board of Review, Toronto Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics.
Hoffman's most recent projects include the primary antagonist in Mission: Impossible III, starring opposite Tom Cruise, Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and an appearance off Broadway in Jack Goes Boating at the LAByrinth Theater, of which he is co-artistic director.
2008 was another award winning year for Hoffman. For his role in The Savages, he won the Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead. In addition for his role in Charlie Wilson’s War Hoffman was an Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor.