Philip Seymour Hoffman (born July 23, 1967) is an American stage and film actor and director.
Hoffman began his professional acting career in television in 1991, and the following year began appearing in films. His work in a diverse range of supporting films roles brought him recognition over the following decade, and he achieved success in theatre. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performances in True West (2000) and Long Day's Journey into Night (2003).
His performance as Truman Capote in Capote (2005) earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Motion Picture. Subsequent roles in The Savages (2007) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007) were well received, and he was nominated for several acting awards for his work in Doubt (2008).
Hoffman was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Marilyn L. O'Connor, a family court judge, lawyer and civil rights activist, and Gordon S. Hoffman, a former Xerox executive. He has two sisters, Jill and Emily, and a brother, Gordy Hoffman,