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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Freddy Lounds) recently wrapped production on the Spike Lee film The 25th Hour with Edward Norton. In addition to Red Dragon, he has three films due for release this year: Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, which debuted at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; Love Liza, which debuted at Sundance and was written by Hoffman's brother Gordy who won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for his script, and Owning Mahony, co-starring Minnie Driver and based on the true story of the largest one-man band fraud in Canadian history. 

Hoffman was most recently seen in David Mamet's State and Main, as Joseph Turner White, and in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, as Lester Bangs, the legendary, extremely influential rock critic who wrote for Creem Magazine.

Prior to that, Hoffman spent six months on Broadway in the latest production of Sam Shepard's True West, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in dual roles. In 1999, he was seen in three films: starring opposite Robert De Niro in Joel Schumacher's Flawless (for which he received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role), alongside Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, and with Tom Cruise and Jason Robards in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. Hoffman received the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor Award for his work in both Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley. He previously appeared in both of Anderson's earlier films, Boogie Nights and Hard Eight.

His other film credits include: Todd Solondz's Happiness (for which he was nominated for an IFP/West Independent Award for Best Supporting Actor), Patch Adams, the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski, Brad Anderson's Next Stop Wonderland, Jan De Bont's Twister, Scent of a Woman, Nobody's Fool, The Getaway and When a Man Loves a Woman.

His stage work includes Defying Gravity at the American Place Theatre, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Peter Sellars and the off-Broadway production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking. Hoffman has directed Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, both written by Stephen Adly Guiregis, for his New York-based theater company LAByrinth. Most recently, Hoffman directed the New York premiere of The Glory of Living at Manhattan Class Company, written by Rebecca Gilman.


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