Hoffman, 46, won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor based on his portrayal if American author Truman Capote in the biopic Capote.
In addition to his Oscar, Hoffman received three other Best Supporting Actor nominations for his work in Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master.
Hoffman also appeared in popular films such as: 25 Hours, Boogie Nights, Cold Mountain, Moneyball, Scent of a Woman, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Big Lebowski.
Hoffman's acting was not limited to the big screen, though.
The New York native, who joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, recently starred in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. For his role as Willy Loman, Hoffman received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Play.
It was the third of his career.