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Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor, producer and director. Although primarily a supporting player, Hoffman was known as a versatile performer who brought depth and humanity to all of his roles. He was prolific in both film and theater from the early 1990s to his death from a heroin overdose in 2014, when the New York Times declared him as "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation".