Rick Hoffman Biography
Sun Sign: Gemini
Also Known As: Rick Edward Hoffman
Born Country: United States
Born in: New York, New York, United States
Famous as: Actor
father: Charlie Hoffman
mother: Gail Hoffman
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: University of Arizona
Rick Hoffman is an American actor, best known for his role in the popular legal series ‘Suits.’ This New Yorker was always sure of his career choice. However, it was not an easy choice, since he had no affiliations to Hollywood and had to struggle his way up in the entertainment world. He had to wait tables in Los Angeles for years to make ends meet while also waiting for his big break. He got fired from almost nine waiting jobs and had to work at ungodly hours. In an interview a few years ago, he spoke candidly about his struggles with self-doubt and how he overcame those thoughts. He is an insightful actor who never let his success get to his head. He admits to be being complacent during his early years in Los Angeles, relying too much on his skills as an actor. According to him, preparation is a must for those who want to live the Hollywood dream.
- Born in New York City, New York, on June 12, 1970, to Jewish parents Gail and Charlie Hoffman, young Rick Edward Hoffman had an extremely modest upbringing in Roslyn Heights.
- He completed his schooling from ‘The Wheatley School’ in Roslyn Heights, before moving to the ‘University of Arizona.’
- He graduated with a degree in theater and moved to Los Angeles immediately after.
- He started his acting career in 1997, with a one-line scene in the political action–thriller ‘Conspiracy Theory,’ co-starring Julia Roberts. Hoffman relays the story in a hilarious and inspirational manner. He states he was extremely nervous during the rehearsals and ended up garbling his lines. This turned out to be such a hit with the stars in the movie that the director decided to include it in the final cut. This incident gave Hoffman the confidence he needed to succeed in the industry, and he never shied away from any challenges after that.
- In 1998, he appeared in a small role in ‘Lethal Weapon 4,’ but his career truly took off in 2000, when he was cast in the role of ‘Freddie Sacker’ in Jeff Rake and Darren Star’s Wall Street series ‘The $treet.’ Though there were only 12 episodes in the entire series, his stint in it helped Hoffman to finally quit his waiting jobs and be a full-time actor.
- He was featured as one of the “10 Actors to Watch” in ‘Variety’ magazine in 2000.
- Following his appearance in ‘The $treet,’ he was offered prominent roles on many TV shows, such as Steven Bochco’s legal-drama series ‘Philly,’ which was aired from 2001 to 2002.
- In 2002, he starred as ‘Jerry Best’ in ‘The Bernie Mac Show,’ which was a huge acting breakthrough for him. Meanwhile, he continued to appear in small spaces on the silver screen, featuring in movies such as ‘Blood Work’ (2002), ‘Our Time Is Up’ (2004), ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ (2004), and ‘Cellular’ (2004).
- In 2005, while working on ‘The Bernie Mac Show,’ he earned the role of ‘Patrick Van Dorn’ on John Stamos’s comedy series ‘Jake in Progress’ (2005–2006), which became one of his most notable performances.
- Over the years, he appeared on numerous primetime TV shows, some of which are ‘CSI: Miami’ in 2003 and 2009, ‘The Practice’ in 2004, ‘Monk’ in 2004, ‘CSI: NY’ in 2005, ‘Chuck’ in 2007, ‘CSI: Las Vegas’ in 2007, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘NCIS’ in 2008, ‘Lie to Me’ in 2009, and ‘Numb3rs’ and ‘The Mentalist’ in 2010.
- He has appeared in movies such as ‘Hostel’ (2005), ‘Smiley Face’ (2007), ‘The Condemned’ (2007), ‘Hostel: Part II’ (2007), and ‘Postal’ (2007).
- In 2011, the mother of all opportunities came knocking at Hoffman’s door in the form of ‘Suits.’ The series not only transformed him as an actor but also established his position in the industry. His role in the series was that of the leading character ‘Louis Litt,’ a partner in a law firm. His character was full of dichotomies, which made it a challenging one. The character was abrasive but sensitive, loyal but insecure. The show has completed nine seasons. The final season premiered on July 17, 2019. He reprised the role of ‘Louis Litt’ in the spin-off series ‘Pearson’ in 2019
- His character in the John Stamos comedy ‘Jake in Progress’ is definitely one of the highlights of his acting career. His performance as ‘Patrick Van Dorn’ made him a prominent name on the small screen and ultimately led to him to earn spots in some major TV series.
- There is no doubt that Hoffman became a star on TV with the legal drama ‘Suits.’ The character of ‘Louis Litt’ in the series was challenging and justified his talent. It not only brought stardom in his life but served as the biggest platform for him to finally showcase his true mettle.
- There is very little information available about Rick Hoffman’s personal life, which seems rather intentional. Nobody knows whether he is or was ever married, but it is confirmed that he has a son, who was born in December 2014. Unlike other celebrity children, there is not a single picture of his son available on the internet. It is clear that Hoffman likes to keep it that way.
- After his performance in ‘Our Time Is Up’ (2004), there were a lot of rumors and questions about his sexual preferences, owing to his homosexual character in the movie. He never fanned these rumors by commenting on them, but it was confirmed through other sources that his sexual orientation was not the same as in the movie.
- Hoffman revealed during an interview with ‘Backstage 5’ that he had been crushing on Kevin Kline and Gena Rowlands. He also expressed his wish to work with Ryan Gosling, mainly because he thought Gosling was a “kind person.”
- He has a younger brother named Jeff Hoffman and belongs to a tight-knit Jewish family.
- Of late, he became the center of a royal-wedding controversy. Apparently, he was caught on camera making “weird” expressions during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding ceremony. His response to the controversy was as hilarious as his expressions. He clarified on social media that his expressions were a result of sitting next to someone with extremely bad breath.
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