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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (The Count) recently wrapped production on the film version of Jack Goes Boating, based on Bob Glaudini's play of the same name. Having starred in the title role on stage at New York City's Public Theater in the LAByrinth production, Mr. Hoffman reprises the role for the movie while also stepping behind the camera to make his feature directorial debut.

His recent screen credits as actor include Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York; John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination; Tamara Jenkins' The Savages, which brought him the Spirit Award for Best Actor; Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, for which he was also an Academy Award nominee; and Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. His performance in Bennett Miller's Capote, which Mr. Hoffman executive-produced through his company Cooper's Town Productions, earned him the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Among his other film credits are J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III; Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain and The Talented Mr. Ripley; Richard Kwietniowski's Owning Mahowny; John Hamburg's Along Came Polly; Spike Lee's 25th Hour; Brett Ratner's Red Dragon; Todd Louiso's Love Liza; Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous; David Mamet's State and Main; Joel Schumacher's Flawless; Tom Shadyac's Patch Adams; Todd Solondz' Happiness; Joel & Ethan Coen's The Big Lebowski; Jan de Bont's Twister; Robert Benton's Nobody's Fool; Martin Brest's Scent of a Woman; several Paul Thomas Anderson films, including Magnolia and Boogie Nights; and Fred Schepisi's (miniseries) Empire Falls.

In 1995, he joined the LAByrinth Theater Company, becoming its co-artistic director in 2001. In addition to LAByrinth's Jack Goes Boating, his theater credits as actor include Long Day's Journey Into Night and True West (on Broadway); The Seagull (for The Public Theater's New York Shakespeare Festival); Defying Gravity (at The American Place Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (directed by Peter Sellars); Shopping and F*cking (with the New York Theatre Workshop); and The Author's Voice (with The Drama Department). His recent limited run as Iago in Othello, adapted and directed by Peter Sellars, was performed in Vienna and (for LAByrinth) at NYC's Public Theater.

Mr. Hoffman's LAByrinth directing credits include the world premieres of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A' Train, The Little Flower of East Orange, and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, each written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. His celebrated New York production of Jesus Hopped the ‘A' Train was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the 2001 Fringe First Award; and at London's Donmar Warehouse, where it was nominated for the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Play. The production then moved on to London's West End for an extended run at The Arts Theatre. Similarly, his acclaimed staging of Our Lady of 121st Street transferred off-Broadway to the Union Square Theatre, where it ran for nearly six months.

Additionally, Mr. Hoffman directed Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living at MCC Theater in 2001; and traveled to Australia to direct Andrew Upton's play Riflemind at the famed Sydney Theatre Company before mounting the play in London in the fall of 2008.


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