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Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote, 2006 Acadamy Award nominee.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman -- New York Actor Makes Good:

Philip Seymour Hoffman is widely recognized as one of the country's greatest actors. He is an accomplished stage and film actor, as well as a talented theater director and the co-artistic director of Manhattan's LAByrinth Theater Company.

Early Years:

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York and moved to New York City to attend the prestigious New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He received his BFA from Tisch in 1989. His first major film role was in "Scent of A Woman" as a backstabbing prep school student.

Indie Movie Hero:

After a memorable role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," Hoffman went on to become a darling of the indie film circuit. He has appeared in all of Anderson's films and has also worked with other noteworthy directors including Spike Lee, Joel Coen, Cameron Crowe, and David Mamet.

On and Off Broadway:

Philip Seymour Hoffman has also won acclaim for his work in the theater. He has twice been nominated for Tony Awards for Best Actor. As Co-Artistic Director of The LAByrinth Theater Company in Manhattan, Hoffman is a major figure in the New York theater world.

The Oscars and Beyond:

Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance as Truman Capote in 2005's "Capote" earned him great critical adulation and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. "Capote" solidified Hoffman's position as one of his generation's greatest actors.

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