Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jul 25, 0067-Feb 02, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most talented actors to grace the silver screen. Unfortunately, his life ended too soon at the age of 46.

On Feb. 2, 2014, Hoffman was found dead on the bathroom floor in his New York City apartment of an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman battled substance abuse for years, and pursued treatment for heroin addiction in May 2013 after relapsing.

The late actor began his career with a guest role on Law and Order in 1991, but his career really took off the following year when he appeared in four feature films, including Scent of a Woman. Over the course of his career, Hoffman has portrayed a diverse array characters, refusing to pigeonhole himself or be typecast. He's had roles in both critically-acclaimed films, such as Cold Mountain, and box office hits, like Along Came Polly and Mission: Impossible III.

In 2005, he received his first Primetime Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Charlie Mayne in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls. The accolades didn't stop there. That year, Hoffman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor—all for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the widely-praised Capote.

The recognition kept coming as Hoffman continually produced exceptional work. In 2007, he was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Charlie Wilson's War. The next year he was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Doubt. And he was once again nominated in 2012 for yet another Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Master.

Hoffman was also able to convey his unique brilliance on stage. He received three Tony nominations throughout his career for performances in True West, Long Day's Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman.

At the time of his death, Hoffman had secured the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games franchise. Although his work in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was complete, the actor had one more week remaining to shoot Part 2.

Hoffman was also in the middle of filming the Showtime series Happyish, and it is unclear whether production on the show would continue without him.

The actor is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three children, Tallulah, Willa and Cooper.

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