Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer who is best known for portraying distinctive supporting character roles such as lowlifes, eccentrics, bullies, and misfits. He began his career with an episode of the legal drama series 'Law & Order' (1991) and bagged his first major role in 'Scent of a Woman' (1992). He gained recognition for notable supporting roles in the films 'Twister' (1996), 'Boogie Nights' (1997), 'Happiness' (1998), 'Patch Adams' (1998), 'The Big Lebowski' (1998), 'Magnolia' (1999), 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' (1999), 'Almost Famous' (2000), 'Punch-Drunk Love' (2002), and 'Along Came Polly' (2004).
In 2005, he achieved a breakthrough with his critically acclaimed portrayal of author Truman Capote in the biographical film 'Capote', which won him an 'Academy Award'. Some of his other best roles are the brutally frank CIA officer in 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2007), the pedophilia-accused priest in 'Doubt' (2008), and the charismatic leader of a Scientology-type movement in 'The Master' (2012) – all of which earned him 'Oscar' nominations. His later filmography included independent films such as 'The Savages' (2007) and 'Synecdoche, New York' (2008), as well as top grossing films like 'Mission: Impossible III' (2006), and the 'Hunger Games' series (2013–15).