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Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the greatest actors of our time. When it comes to characters and emotions - whether it's tragedy or comedy - Philip has pretty much done it all. Nasty prep-schooler in Scent of a Woman.
Love-struck and vulnerable in Boogie Nights. How about the idealistic yet cynical music journalist Lester Bangs in Almost Famous? That is Philip's gift: no matter how big or small the role, he is fearless and a good bet to steal the scene. Not bad for a guy who grew up a "jock" and only caught the acting bug when he saw his high school crush going to an audition.
Philip has won a bunch of awards, but his biggest came in 2005 - for his cold-blooded portrayal of writer Truman Capote. That one got him an Oscar for 'Best Actor.' And when he won it, he asked everyone to congratulate his mom, because "she brought up four kids alone." Along the way, he's grabbed two more Oscar nominations, for his roles in Charlie Wilson's War and Doubt. Now, with his latest film Jack Goes Boating, he's got a new claim to fame... "Director"!