Philip Seymour Hoffman Offers Advice To Aspiring Actors

In January 2006, while attending the 63rd Golden Globe Awards (at which he won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Capote (2005)), Philip Seymour Hoffman, a prolific and highly acclaimed actor, producer and director of cinema and theatre, was asked whether he had any advice for aspiring actors. He responded in clear and simple terms: “You have to act wherever you can — you can’t be picky.” 

Best known for his supporting characterisations on screen, notably those of underdogs, lowlifes and misfits in society, Hoffman appeared in 55 feature films — including Almost Famous (2000), Doubt (2008) and Boogie Nights (1997) — during his illustrious career and won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2006. 

In February 2014, having relapsed after many years of sobriety, he died of combined drug intoxication. Broadway paid tribute to the late actor by dimming its lights for one minute.