Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: Top 5 Career-Defining Movie Roles (Video)

Philip Seymour Hoffman - H 2014
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Philip Seymour Hoffman - H 2014


The acclaimed actor died one year ago.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead one year ago Monday, on Feb. 2, 2014.

The actor, 46, was among the most respected of his generation — earning four Oscar nominations and one Academy Award during his career.  

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Below look back at five of his career-defining roles.

Boogie Nights (1997)

He starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed film, playing Scotty J, who is in love with Wahlberg's character Dirk Diggler. The film helped further establish Hoffman as a rising star to watch.

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Capote (2005)

Hoffman earned an Oscar for playing the author Truman Capote in the 2005 film. Directed by Bennett Miller, the biopic features what many critics consider to be Hoffman's finest performance. 

Doubt (2008)

He earned his third Oscar nomination for 2008's Doubt, in which he played Father Brendan Flynn, a priest in New York suspected of sexually abusing an altar boy.

The Master (2012)

Hoffman once again collaborated with Paul Thomas Anderson in a role that earned him his fourth and final Oscar nomination. The actor played Lancaster Dodd, the mysterious leader of a religious movement called The Cause.

The Hunger Games (2013-2015)

Hoffman stepped into franchise territory with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), playing the fan favorite character Plutarch Heavensbee. Mockingjay — Part 1 (2014) was released posthumously, with the Mockingjay— Part 2 due in theaters Nov. 20.

"What blew me away, is he would have something really simple, and every single take he would do it differently," his costar Mahershala Ali told The Hollywood Reporter in November. "He could do 1,000 and he would find 1,000 ways to do one line. I was unbelievable. Every single take was fresh and he would find a new way to do it."

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