Philip Seymour Hoffman (born 23.7.1967 - died 2.2.2014) Philip Seymour was an American actor. His most highly acclaimed role was his performance as Truman Capote in 2005's Capote - which won him the Best Actor Oscar, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe awards and an accolade from the Screen Actor's Guild.
Childhood: Hoffman was born in the Rochester area of New York, to Marilyn L. O'Connor and Gordon S. Hoffman. His mother was a judge in a family court as well as a civil rights activist and lawyer. His father was an executive of Xerox. His parents divorced when he was aged nine. He has two sisters, Jill and Emily. His brother, Gordy Hoffman, wrote the screenplay for Love Liza, the 2002 film in which Philip starred.
Acting Career: Hoffman's debut amateur acting role come in 1982, when he played Radar O'Reilly in the Fairport High School production of M*A*S*H. In 1984, Hoffman studied at the Theater School at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. In 1989, Philip Seymour Hoffman graduated from NY University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. Whilst at university, he was briefly a member of the notoriously volatile theatre company the Bullstoi Ensemble, which also featured Steven Schub (singer of the ska band The Fenwicks) and Bennett Miller.
Philip's first professional acting role came in 1991 when he appeared in an episode of Law and Order. The following year, he appeared in four feature films. The most successful of these was Scent of a Woman, which also starred Chris O'Donnell and Al Pacino. Prior to landing the role, he had been stacking shelves in a grocery store. He has often stated that it was this role that really kick-started his career.
From then on, Hoffman has been lucky, in many ways, as he has managed to retain a large degree of credibility as his career has advanced. He has worked with a number of highly respected directors, such as Cameron Crowe, Anthony Minghella, David Mamet and the Coen Brothers. He has also appeared in four of Paul Thomas Anderson's five feature films. These were Hard Eight, Boogie Nights (which starred Mark Wahlberg), Magnolia (starring Tom Cruise and William H. Macy) and Punch-Drunk Love.
Much of Hoffman's career has been characterised by supporting roles. It has been rare for him to land major lead roles - but when he has, he has certainly flourished. Among his more acclaimed supporting roles are Cold Mountain, in which he played a sexually obsessed preacher, alongside Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. He also featured in Mission: Impossible III, alongside Tom Cruise.
In Happiness, he starred opposite Jane Adams. The independent film was directed by Todd Solondz and also featured Lara Flynn Boyle and Dylan Baker. He also appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley alongside Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The role that really propelled Hoffman to stardom was his portrayal of Truman Capote in Bennett Miller's biopic of the homosexual author. The film also starred Catherine Keener and Chris Cooper. Hoffman won an Oscar for his lead role in the film.
In 2007, Philip Seymour Hoffman featured in another biographical drama, Charlie Wilson's War. The film starred Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and Hoffman played the role of a CIA operative, Gust Avrakotos. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the film. He also received an Oscar nomination for the same category, but lost out to Javier Bardem, for his performance in No Country For Old Men.
2008 saw Hoffman star in two critically lauded films. First was Synecdoche, New York, the Charlie Kaufman / Spike Jonze production starring Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams. Secondly was Doubt, the Oscar-nominated film that also starred Meryl Streep. Hoffman lost out on the Best Supporting Actor once more - this time to the late for Heath Ledger, for his performance in The Dark Knight.
2012 saw him in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' for which he was nominated for an Oscar, and the following year he appeared in 'The Hunger Games' sequel 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.
Personal Life: Hoffman was in a relationship with Mimi O'Donnell until he died, a costume designer whom he met on the set of 1999's In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which was directed by Hoffman. The couple had a son, Cooper Alexander and two daughters, Tallulah and Willa.
As a college graduate, Hoffman suffered from heavy drug use and alcoholism before going to rehab and recovering at 22. He re-entered rehab in 2013 following a relapse into heroin use after two decades. In February 2014, he was found dead by David Bar Katz in the bathroom of his office apartment following a drug overdose. Large amounts of heroin and prescription drugs were found on the scene.
Following the tragedy, Katz allegedly claimed to have been in a homosexual relationship with Hoffman, though these reports are yet to be solidly confirmed.
Actor Ethan Hawke felt a huge loss when rival River Phoenix passed away in 1993, even though their relationship had been a "nightmare" for many years.
The leading men starred opposite each other in the 1985 movie Explorers when they were both teenagers, but they became rivals shortly afterwards when the two actors discovered they were vying for the same roles.
The rivalry hit a high when River received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in 1988 film Running on Empty, and Ethan admits he was "so jealous" of his peer's growing success.
"It was really hurting my life," Ethan told the audience during a frank talk at the Austin Film Society on Thursday night (18Feb16). "(River's film) Stand by Me came out and it was this runaway hit. That summer, the (soundtrack) song (by Ben E. King) was everywhere, I could not get away from it, and River's calling me up and telling me he lost his virginity, and I still was a virgin. It was a nightmare for me."
Suzanne Collins' saga comes to a suitably epic conclusion in a climactic series of battles that are packed with emotional kicks to the gut. Director Francis Lawrence continues to show remarkable reverence for the source novels while relying on his A-list cast to bring layers of nuance to even the smallest roles. The result is a massively textured war movie that's packed with darkly personal moments and glimpses of wit and spark. It's also a satisfying conclusion to the franchise that avoids the usual Hollywood bombast.
As the rebels prepare to attack Panem's Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), the rebellion's figurehead Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) decides to take matters into her own hands. Rebel leaders Coin and Plutarch (Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman) try to stay one step ahead of Katniss, using her as the Mockingjay to rally the troops. With Gale (Liam Hemsworth), a not-quite-unbrainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a small group of cohorts, Katniss works her way across the bombed-out city to Snow's mansion, intending to put an arrow through his heart. But the battle takes a shocking twist, and Katniss has to make a difficult decision about doing the right thing no matter what it costs her.
Right from the start, the filmmakers continue to echo Katniss' earliest act of heroism when she volunteered for the Hunger Games to protect her sister Prim (Willow Shields) and then vowed to keep Peeta safe in the violent arena. These are the things that drive her right to the very end of this saga, holding the audience in an emotional grip. This means that the political nastiness, violent warfare and publicity posturing all have a much deeper resonance for the audience, while for Katniss they are virtually irrelevant. Her mission remains untainted: she just wants to protect her loved ones and make the future safe. Which is why her speeches carry such rousing power.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Mother Has Been Feted At The High Falls Film Festival In The Family's Native Rochester, New York.
Marilyn O'Connor was presented with the Rochester Film Legacy Award on Sunday (08Nov15), the opening day of the annual event, in recognition of her longtime support of the festival.
O'Connor, a retired family court judge, inspired her sons Gordy and the late Philip to pursue careers in film and theatre, and she recalled an early project her boys worked on as kids as she accepted the award at the Little Theater.
"Gordy made a Super 8 film when he was 12," she told the crowd. "Younger Phil was very convincing as an escapee from prison; they shot it right in the woods of Fairport."
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Katniss Everdeen is determined to take down President Snow once and for all. Too many lives have been sacrificed and too many homes destroyed while the Capitol has brainwashed and controlled the people of Panem. Now re-united with Peeta after his rescue from Snow's clutches, Katniss gathers her friends from District 13 - Gale, Finnick and Cressida - and sets out on the ultimate mission to free Panem, and fight Snow to the death. But it seems it's not only Snow that wants Katniss dead, as she becomes increasingly paranoid about some of the supposed rebels. Facing increasing uncertainty, more tragedy and some of the worse warfare she could possibly imagine, Katniss starts to realise that ending the nightmare won't end the fear or the collective sorrow.
A Dj Arrested In Connection With The Death Of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Has Been Jailed For Violating His Probation.
Max Rosenblum was detained by police officers in February, 2014 as part of a raid linked to the Capote star's overdose.
Hoffman was found dead at his New York City apartment and a police probe was launched into drug paraphernalia found at his home.
Rosenblum, 24, pleaded guilty to cocaine and ecstasy possession and was sentenced to two years probation.
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The show, in which Coogan plays a depressed middle-aged man searching for happiness, has been pulled.
Steve Coogan’s latest prime-time comedy series ‘Happyish’ has been cancelled by its American TV network. The series, which Coogan was called in to front after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014, has been axed after just one season by Showtime.
According to Deadline, the cable network confirmed that the satirical drama-comedy about a depressed middle-aged man and his family would not be getting a second run, after receiving disappointing ratings throughout its first series from April to June this year. Just 261,000 watched the series finale, even though that was up from the initial 237,000 that watched the first episode.
Steve Coogan's ambition to break big Stateside has taken a blow, with 'Happyish' being cancelled
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British Comedian Steve Coogan's Tv Series Happyish Has Been Cancelled After Just One Season.
The Philomena star was drafted into the lead role in the offbeat comedy to replace Philip Seymour Hoffman following the actor's death in February, 2014.
The series, about a depressed middle-aged man, began airing on the network Showtime in April (15) and its first season of ten episodes finished at the end of June (15).
Now bosses of the network have confirmed it will not be returning due to poor ratings and critical reviews.
Continue reading: Steve Coogan's Tv Series Cancelled After One Season
Having successfully rescued Peeta and the other Hunger Games victors, Katniss Everdeen is feeling the strain of being the Mockingjay for the rebel group of District 13. The propaganda is exhausting, and she is starting to become uncertain about who are the heroes and who are the villains. While victory over the Capitol looks in the rebels' favour, Katniss is becoming increasingly suspicious of President Coin - a suspicion which becomes all the more intense when she confronts the captured Panem leader President Snow. He seems intent on killing her, but he's not the only one. When the rebels' methods are shown to be just as hostile as the Capitol, Katniss has to decide which path the take and with the oncoming final Hunger Games, her decision is fated to change her life forever.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Longtime Girlfriend Mimi O'donnell Has Credited Her Love Of Theatre With Helping Her Overcome Her Grief Following The Actor's Tragic Death Last Year (14), Insisting She's Finally "Able To Function" Again.
The costume designer and theatre director, who is the mother of Hoffman's three children, was left devastated in February, 2014 when the Capote star suffered a drug overdose and died, aged 46.
She took a leave of absence from her role as artistic director of New York's Labyrinth Theater Company, where the couple met in 1999, but returned to the role full time in the autumn (14) after watching Hoffman's close friend, Cate Blanchett, perform in Jean Genet's The Maids.
She tells the New York Times, "That was the first play that I saw after Phil had died, and she did that thing you want every actress in theatre to do: she left her heart on the stage. And I knew enough in that moment to go, 'I love theatre. I love it. I love what it can do'. And, not making a concrete decision, but knowing that I wasn't going to leave the theatre company, I wasn't going to stop doing this."
But is 'Mockingjay Part 1' just a set up for the best yet to come?
'The Hunger Games' continues to go from strength to strength, garnering solid reviews and big box office takings. The latest instalment, 'Mockingjay Part 1', debuted at number one on both the American and British box office charts, and looks likely to hold the top spot until 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' opens next month.
Jennifer Lawrence makes another stunning performance in 'Mockingjay Part 1'
Critics have given the film a 66% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, down from 84% for the 2012 original film and 89% for 'Catching Fire'. This is probably due to the fact that third novel 'Mockingjay' has been split into two movies, which leaves 'Part 1' sometimes feeling like a set-up to something much more exciting still to come.
Oscars and Philip Seymour Hoffman - Notorious Los Angeles based street artists Plastic Jesus has struck again with a controversial art installation on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood Boulevard of an 8-foot replica Oscar award holding a syringe to its forearm. The plaque on the plinth reads "Hollywood's Best Kept Secret". The art stunt follows the recent death of tragic actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose. Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his role in Capote. Plastic Jesus hit the headlines in 2013 with his Best Buy Prank 'Useless Plastic Box 1.2', which saw the artist placing fake products, complete with price tags, on the shelves of six Best Buy stores in Los Angeles area. The fakes went unnoticed by staff for the several days. - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 27th February 2014
Mimi O' Donnell, Tallulah Hoffman and Willa Hoffman - The funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Hoffman was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday (02Jan14) from an apparent drug overdose. - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 7th February 2014
Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stanley Tucci - "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere At Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013
Date of birth
23rd July, 1967
Date of death
2nd February, 2014
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