Philip Seymour Hoffman
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"Philip Seymour Hoffman" was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his supporting and character actor/character roles – typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46.

Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He began his screen career in a 1991 episode of Law & Order and started to appear in films in 1992. He gained recognition for his supporting work throughout the decade, notably in Boogie Nights (1997), Happiness (1998 film)/Happiness (1998), The Big Lebowski (1998), and The Talented Mr. Ripley (film)/The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). He began to occasionally play leading roles, and for his portrayal of the author Truman Capote in Capote (film)/Capote (2005), won multiple accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hoffman's profile continued to grow, and he received three more Oscar nominations for his supporting work as a brutally frank CIA officer in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt (2008 film)/Doubt (2008), and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in The Master (2012 film)/The Master (2012).

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