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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Gust Avrakotos) recently completed filming on Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, and can next be seen in Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead as well as the independent feature The Savages, with Laura Linney. He will also appear opposite Meryl Streep in the movie version of John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt. He last appeared opposite Tom Cruise in the summer's first big action thriller Mission: Impossible III. Prior to that, Hoffman starred in the feature film Capote, which he executive-produced through his company, Cooper's Town Productions. In addition to winning an Academy Award® for Best Actor, Hoffman earned a Golden Globe and SAG Award for his performance and was also honored by 18 critics' groups. Additionally, he earned an Emmy nomination for his work in the HBO film Empire Falls, starring alongside Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Robin Wright Penn, among others.

Previous film credits include Cold Mountain, Along Came Polly, The Party's Over, Owning Mahowny (which had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival), Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love, 25th Hour, Love Liza (which was written by his brother, Gordy Hoffman, who won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, where the film premiered), Almost Famous, State and Main, Flawless (London Film Critics and SAG nomination for Best Actor), Magnolia (National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor Award and Ensemble SAG Award nomination), The Talented Mr. Ripley (National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor Award), Boogie Nights, Happiness (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male), Patch Adams, The Big Lebowski, Twister, Scent of a Woman and Nobody's Fool.

Hoffman is a member and co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His stage credits include: the recent off-Broadway run of Jack Goes Boating, Long Day's Journey Into Night (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations), The Seagull (The New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theater), True West (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award), Defying Gravity (The American Place Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (directed by Peter Sellars), Shopping and Fucking (New York Theatre Workshop) and The Author's Voice (Drama Department, Drama Desk nominations).

His theatrical directorial credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings and Jesus Hopped The A Train, all written by Stephen Adly Guirgis for LAB. His production of A Train was produced to great acclaim off- Broadway, at the Edinburgh International Festival (Fringe First Award), at London's Donmar Warehouse and then at the Arts Theatre in London's West End. In addition, he directed LAB's off-Broadway commercial production of Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theatre (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations) and Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living at MCC Theater.


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