Goodfellas (1990) is one of his favorite films.
After winning his Oscar for Capote (2005), he has been working with a filmmaker from his former high school in Fairport, New York, helping him with his project.
His father is Gordon S. Hoffman.
In 2002, he appeared in 25th Hour (2002), opposite Edward Norton and Brian Cox; and in Punch-Drunk Love (2002), opposite Emily Watson. That same year, he appeared with both Norton and Watson in Red Dragon (2002), which was a remake of Manhunter (1986), in which Cox had appeared.
His performance as Truman Capote in Capote (2005) is ranked #35 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
In his sophomore year of high school, he suffered an injury that prevented him from playing multiple sports.
Taught an advanced "Directing the Actor" class for one semester at Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division during 2003.
Has a younger sister named Emily Hoffman and an older sister named Jill Hoffman.
The episode of "Law & Order" (1990) in which he appeared also featured another actor named Philip Hoffman.
His parents divorced when he was 9.
Has two children with girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell: Cooper Alexander Hoffman (b. March 2003) and Tallulah Hoffman (b. November 2006).
Mother: Marilyn Hoffman Connor.
As of 2008, he and Dustin Hoffman are the only two winners of best actor in a leading role at the Oscars to share a last name. Philip won for 'Capote' and Dustin won for 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 'Rain Man'.
His mother is a judge in Rochester, New York
Appears in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Red Dragon (2002). Both are remakes of earlier films (Plein soleil (1960) and Manhunter (1986)), and both feature him as a character named Freddie who is killed by the villain/title character.
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