- 11:56 AM, Feb 17
Heralded as a remarkable character actor capable to deliver outstanding dramatic effect to every role he played, Philip Seymour Hoffman certainly has added one superior point within himself to stand out among the teeming crowd of Hollywood actors. A New Yorker born to a former Xerox executive and a family court judge on July 23, 1967 in Fairport, a principal suburb of Rochester, he originally put most of his interest in sports rather than in acting, even became an avid athlete in wrestling during the early period of his high school study before experienced a neck injury in his second year there. Since the incident prevented him from exercising any sports that require much body contacts, including his favorite one, this fair-haired guy began to turn his attention toward something else and unexpectedly found himself drawn into the wonder of performing characters.
Nurtured this new fondness through several school productions, he then came up with a decision to pursue a professional career as an actor thus headed for New York City to polish his skills at Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School while also enrolled in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he smoothly obtained a BFA degree in drama by 1989. With this academic background, Philip optimistically commenced his first step in the film industry, nabbing a supporting part in Amos Poe's "Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole" (1991), followed quickly by others in the 1992 features of "Leap of Faith" and "Scent of a Woman" in which he satisfyingly gained public attention through his enactment as a backstabbing classmate to Chris O'Donnell.
The success of "Scent of a Woman" to hit box-office and later became an Oscar contender at the 1993 Academy Awards unquestionably brought grand impact to Philip's career for it paved his way to move further quite well in securing major roles as seen in "Money for Nothing" (1993), "The Getaway" (1994), "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994), and "Twister" (1996). However, what positively elevated him to wide recognition he had aimed for was his 1997 project of "Boogie Nights" which established the talented actor as one of the most potential young stars at that time, giving him larger opportunity to shine more in the following years.
Not wasting any single chance bestowed upon him, Philip wonderfully managed to deliver fine turns in the next movies he starred in, such as "Flawless",