Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born July 23, 1967 and died February 2, 2014 at only 46.

He was known as a deeply committed, nuanced, and astonishingly versatile Gen X film actor known for roles including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mission: Impossible 3, the Hunger Games franchise, and Capote, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar in 2006. He struggled with heroin addiction early in life, and successfully abstained from it for many years before relapsing. He died from mixed drug intoxication, and heroin and other drugs were reportedly found in his home.

His most frequent collaborator was writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, for whom he appeared in Boogie Knights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and The Master. Years after Hoffman’s death, Anderson cast his son, Cooper Hoffman, as the lead in his 2021 film Licorice Pizza.

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