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Biography #2 (for Cold Mountain)

Philip Seymour Hoffman has appeared in a recent string of diverse and acclaimed films including Spike Lee's The 25th Hour, Red Dragon, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, Love Liza (which was written by Hoffman's brother Gordy and won him the Waldo Salt screenwriting award), and Owning Mahoney, co-starring Minnie Driver. Among Hoffman's other recent films are David Mamet's State and Main, Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous and Joel Schumacher's Flawless, in which Hoffman co-starred opposite Robert De Niro, earning a London Film Critics and SAG nomination as Best Actor.

In his first collaboration with Anthony Minghella, Hoffman appeared opposite Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley. He then gave another memorable performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, winning the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor award for his work in both films. His film credits also include Anderson's Boogie Nights and Hard Eight, Happiness (Independent Spirit Best Supporting Actor nomination), Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski, Twister, Scent of A Woman and Nobody's Fool.

On Broadway, Hoffman starred in Sam Shepard's True West, earning a Tony Award nomination for his work in dual roles. Additional stage work includes Mike Nichols' production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Natalie Portman at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, Defying Gravity, at the American Place Theater, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Peter Sellars and the Off-Broadway production of Mark Revenhill's Shopping and Fucking. For his New York-based theater company LAByrinth, Hoffman directed Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, both written by Stephen Adly-Guirgis. He moved the production of Jesus to London's Donmar Warehouse and subsequently to that city's West End. In 2001, Hoffman directed the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's play The Gory of Living for the Manhattan Class Company, and in 2002, he directed Our Lady of 121st Street for LAByrinth.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Cold Mountain" (02-Jan-2004)


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