Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46.
Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967, in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, New York. His mother, Marilyn OConnor , came from nearby Waterloo and worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming a lawyer and eventually a family court judge. His father, Gordon Stowell Hoffman, was a native of Geneva, New York, and worked for the Xerox Corporation. Along with one brother, Gordy, Hoffman had two sisters, Jill and Emily.