Philip Seymour Hoffman was raised by his mother, Marilyn L. O’Connor, a family court judge. He became involved in theatre at high school and studied drama at New York University. After graduating, he became a disastrous waiter and a successful actor. He credited Scent Of A Woman as a life-changing movie role as he worked solidly from 1992 onwards. While remaining loyal to his theatre roots, he became a respected actor in both mainstream and independent cinema. He died in February 2013.