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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Sandy Lyle) continues to wow audiences and film critics, starring in a broad range of critically acclaimed productions. Upcoming for Hoffman is Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain. He has just completed filming HBO's Empire Falls.

Earlier this year he starred in Owning Mahowny, which had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Last year, he appeared in the blockbuster Red Dragon (the prequel to The Silence of the Lambs) with Edward Norton, and in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love opposite Adam Sandler, marking the fourth time Hoffman has worked with his friend Anderson. He also starred in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, re-teaming him with Norton, and won rave reviews for his soulful performance in Love Liza, which was written by Hoffman's brother, Gordy, debuted at Sundance and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

His other film credits include David Mamet's State and Main and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. In 1999 he appeared in three films—opposite Robert De Niro in Joel Schumacher's Flawless, which earned him a London Film Critics and SAG nomination for Best Actor; alongside Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley; and with Tom Cruise and Jason Robards in Anderson's Magnolia, in which the cast was honored with an Ensemble SAG Award nomination. Hoffman received the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor Award for his work in both The Talented Mr. Ripley and Magnolia.

Additional notable roles are Anderson's Boogie Nights and Hard Eight, as well as Happiness (which garnered him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male), Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski, Twister, Scent of a Woman and Nobody's Fool.

On Broadway, his recent performance as James Tyrone, Jr. in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night earned him a Tony nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hoffman starred in the latest production of Sam Shepard's True West, which earned him a nomination for a Tony Award in dual roles. Other stage work includes The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park; Defying Gravity at the American Place Theater; The Merchant of Venice, directed by Peter Sellars; and the off-Broadway production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and F--king.

As the Co-Artistic Director of the New York-based theater company, LAByrinth, Hoffman directed Jesus Hopped the ‘A' Train and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, both written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also moved the production of Jesus to the Donmar Warehouse and subsequently London's West End. At the end of 2001, Hoffman directed the New York premiere of Rebecca Gilman's play, The Glory of Living, for the Manhattan Class Company. In the summer of 2002, Philip directed Our Lady of 121st Street, also written by Stephen Adley Guirgis for LAByrinth, which had such a successful run it was moved to a larger venue, the Union Square Theater.

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