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Philip Seymour Hoffman Biography

Birth Name:
Philip Hoffman
Birth Place:
Fairport, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Because union rules require a unique name, added Seymour, which was his grandfather's name, to his stage name
  • While in high school, he played Radar in M*A*S*H and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a role he eventually played on Broadway in 2012
  • Between junior and senior years in high school, attended a Saratoga Springs (NY) drama camp, where he met and became friends with Bennett Miller and Dan Futterman, the director and screenwriter, respectively, for Capote (2005)
  • Breakthrough role was as film technician Scotty who carries a torch for porn star Dirk Diggler in 1997's Boogie Nights
  • In 2000, starred in Sam Shepard's True West on Broadway, opposite John C
  • Reilly; the pair switched roles frequently during the production and solicited for a single Tony nomination to be shared between them (they were denied and nominated separately)
  • Was co-artistic director for Manhattan's LABrynith Theater Company, where he directed productions including In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings
  • During that run, met his partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell
  • After directing numerous theater productions, his feature-film directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, was released in 2010

Awards

  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2012Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2012Venice Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2012Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2009Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Ohio Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2005Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1999National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up): winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Talluhlah Hoffman -- Daughter
  • Willa Hoffman -- Daughter
  • Gordon S. Hoffman -- Father
  • Marilyn Hoffman O'Connor -- Mother
  • Mimi O'Donnell -- Significant Other
  • Emily Barr -- Sister
  • Jill DelVecchio -- Sister
  • Cooper Alexander Hoffman -- Son