He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in Capote (2005) and starred in The Master (2012).
At NYU, he helped found the theater company, the Bullstoi Ensemble with actor Steven Schub and director Bennett Miller.
He gained recognition for his work in Boogie Nights and The Big Lebowski.
His brother, Gordy Hoffman, was the screenwriter for Hoffman's film, Love Liza.
He was in Doubt with Meryl Streep.