Rick Hoffman (born June 12, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Patrick Van Dorn in Jake in Progress and Louis Litt in the legal drama series Suits.
Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up in Roslyn Heights, New York. He is the son of Gail and Charlie Hoffman and is Jewish. He has a younger brother, Jeff. He graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York before attending the University of Arizona. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles, California to start an acting career.
Hoffman was cast in his first role, as a security guard in Conspiracy Theory, in 1997. He had some other small roles until he received a main role as Freddie Sacker on Darren Star’s short-lived Wall Street series The $treet in 2000, which was pulled from the airwaves after seven episodes, but which allowed him to quit his job waiting tables and move back to New York.
His later TV roles include Terry Loomis on the short-lived Steven Bochco law drama Philly in 2001-2002, Jerry Best in The Bernie Mac Show (2002-2005), Patrick Van Dorn on the John Stamos comedy Jake in Progress (2004-2005) and Chase Chapman on the ABC comedy Samantha Who? (2007-2009). In 2011, he acted in a starring role as Louis Litt in the USA Network series Suits, which has continued ever since. His tv/film work includes The Day After Tomorrow, Blood Work, Hostel, Cellular and The Condemned. He has also appeared as a guest in CSI: Miami, Chuck, The Pretender, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, The Practice, CSI:NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lie to Me, Monk and The Mentalist.
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Born June 12, 1970 in New York City, New York and raised in Roslyn Heights, New York, Rick Hoffman graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, NY before attending the University of Arizona. After graduating from University of Arizona, Rick moved to Los Angeles to start an acting career. He landed his first role as a security guard in Conspiracy Theory (1997) . He was so nervous he flubbed his two lines. Fortunately, his misread got laughs from Julia Roberts , Richard Donner and the entire crew, and was included in the final cut, giving him some much-needed attention.
After other small roles, he had his breakout role as the Freddie Sacker on Darren Star ‘s Wall Street series The $treet (2000) which allowed him to quit his job waiting tables and move back to New York. He has had several memorable roles on series like Terry Loomis on the critically acclaimed Steven Bochco law drama Philly (2001) . These roles caught Variety magazine’s attention who elected Rick one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. Then came the role of Jerry Best on The Bernie Mac Show (2001), and Patrick Van Dorn on the John Stamos comedy series Jake in Progress (2005).
He has had many supporting appearances in movies including The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Blood Work (2002), Hostel (2005), Cellular (2004), and Lions Gate Films The Condemned (2007). He suffered a near-death experience during the filming of the latter in Australia.
Hoffman presently resides in Los Angeles.
Rick Hoffman stars as Louis Litt in SUITS.
A stage, film and television veteran, Hoffman has appeared in feature films such as “Hostel” and “Hostel Part II,” directed by Eli Roth; “Bloodwork,” where he starred opposite and was directed by Clint Eastwood and “Smileyface,” where he starred opposite Anna Faris, Adam Brody and Danny Masterson. His other film credits include, “Cellular,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Conspiracy Theory” and “The Condemned.”
Named by Variety in 2000 as one of the “10 Actors to Watch,” Hoffman has had a number of noteworthy roles on television, such as: Chase Chapman opposite Christina Applegate on ABC’s award-winning “Samantha Who?,” Patrick Van Dorn opposite John Stamos on ABC’s “Jake in Progress,” Freddy Sacker on Darren Star’s “The Street,” Jerry Best in “The Bernie Mac Show,” and Terry Loomis in the critically acclaimed Stephen Bochco drama “Philly.” He also recurred on TNT’s “Dark Blue,” and “Commander and Chief.” His numerous guest star credits include “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” “Monk,” “Without A Trace,” “Leverage,” “Lie to Me,” and “Human Target.”
Hoffman studied acting from John Strasberg School of Acting and the University of Arizona Theatre Department.
Louis Litt’s (Rick Hoffman) talents as an attorney may rival Harvey’s, but his ego is in a league all its own. His ferocious knowledge of the law and his bullying nature have made him a valuable asset to Pearson Specter, as well as the scourge of the firm’s corps of associates. However, the political side of the job has always eluded Louis, a fact that was thrown into stark relief when Harvey beat him out for Senior Partner.
Louis has come a long way since then, and though he has often been a thorn in Harvey and Mike’s side, he’s managed to strike up, if not a friendship, than a professional respect with his sometimes adversaries. More recently, Louis’ world was turned upside down as he suffered a nearly fatal heart attack, endured the heartache of a broken engagement to his true love, Sheila Sazs, and resigned in shame from his beloved firm in the wake of an embezzlement scandal. But now that he knows Mike’s secret, Louis has the leverage to create whatever world he wants at the firm, and it all starts with his name on the wall…
-via USA Network
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