Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014

The versitile Academy Award-winning actor was 46.



Philip Seymour Hoffman, an Academy Award-winning actor of astonishing versatility whose distinctive looks and powerful presence made him one of the most critically acclaimed performers of contemporary cinema, was found dead Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46.

According to police, Hoffman, who had a history of substance abuse, was discovered in his Manhattan apartment by a personal assistant on Sunday morning. An investigation into his death is ongoing.

Born in Fairport, NY, Hoffman graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. After guest starring on an episode of Law & Order in 1991, Hoffman appeared in his first major film role in 1992 in Scent of a Woman. In 1996, Hoffman appeared in a supporting role in the blockbuster tornado action flick Twister, and in a small role as a belligerent casino patron in Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut Hard Eight. Hoffman would go on to appear in all but one of Anderson's six films; in the most recent, The Master, Hoffman earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his controlled, ambiguous performance as the leader of a religious movement.

Hoffman won his Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the titular author in Capote. In addition to The Master, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Charlie Wilson's War in 2007 and Doubt in 2008. Most recently, he received critical praise for his performance as the Plutarch Heavensbee, the head gamemaker in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

In addition to his film work, Hoffman was a prolific theater actor, and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for his performance as Willy Loman in a revival of Death of a Salesman. His lone credit as a film director, Jack Goes Boating, was adapted from the stage play of the same name that starred Hoffman in its original run.

He is survived by his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their three children.

For Philip Seymour Hoffman's complete filmography, click here.

Comments

Jeff Goldeneye

Life Finds a Way

"If one day the speed kills me do not cry because I was smiling," -Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Feb 2 - 12:24 PM

Mike Conway

Mike Conway

*cough* paul walker quote *cough*

Feb 2 - 12:59 PM

Jeff Goldeneye

Life Finds a Way

No it was ah Hoffman. He said it in ah... The Graduate.

Feb 2 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

But speed did kill him.

Feb 2 - 01:22 PM

Micah Wilkening

Micah Wilkening

hahahaha

Feb 5 - 08:35 PM

Quintin Hartell IV

Quintin Hartell IV

It's not even a Paul Walker quote. Don't believe everything you see on Tumblr. But anyway, offensive joke about man's death + too soon = I love it.

Feb 2 - 06:35 PM

Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Which means you're a sad example for a human being

Feb 2 - 08:35 PM

Duncan Moseley

Duncan Moseley

Except it's not offensive. If anything, it's touching.

Feb 3 - 07:30 AM

Paul Turnbloom

Paul Turnbloom

A beloved man just died. Have some respect.

Feb 2 - 09:01 PM

Thomas Raymond

Thomas Raymond

He quoted Philip. How is that not a sign of respect?

Feb 3 - 01:18 AM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

does everybody have to get all self righteous all the sudden? nothing is more pretentious to me then that.

Feb 3 - 01:25 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Self-righteous would be those acting superior to a drug addict. No one is without fault.

Feb 3 - 07:43 AM

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Adam Lesar

Adam Lesar

Any man's death diminishes me because I am
involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee. . . .

Feb 3 - 08:55 AM

Errol Broussard

Errol Broussard

And no one with a heart should be so disrespectful.

Feb 3 - 01:00 PM

Mike Watson

Mike Watson

You are a terrible human being to think like that. He has fell off the wagon after 20 + years sober! drug addiction is an illness that never goes away. He was a mighty actor, who played some memorable characters, nobody is ever perfect, but I guess you are. Rip PSH

Feb 3 - 02:13 PM

Miguel Medina

Miguel Medina

Wow Micah you really love that brain of yours that apparently makes you sound like a self-rightious prick, i wonder why?

Feb 3 - 02:15 PM

Oliver Mally

Oliver Mally

YOU'RE A DISRESPECTFUL MORON!

Feb 4 - 03:52 AM

Diego Tutweiller

Diego Hard With a Vengeance

@Adam Lesar: Except, you know, Hitler. And Osama Bin Laden.

Maybe try being less of a self-absorbed prick next time.

Feb 4 - 04:13 PM

Sven Jansen

Sven Jansen

Micah.. Even though i don't know you i can tell you're a dick.

Feb 4 - 05:05 PM

James Britton

James Britton

You obviously don't understand the disease of addiction. It's quite simple and moronic to point a judgemental finger at a someone who was a better man than you in most regards. Only someone with an immature concept of addiction and its affects on that ripple out over entire families and beyond would arrive at such an immature notion. I truly pray that your loved ones, children, or people that you love don't fall prey to this disease that makes no sense and wants to kill you. I forgive your insensitive, uninformed, and judgmental remark as a recovering addict. I am probably correct in asserting that you are not the perfect specimen of humanity by the simplistic hate you attached to his departure. Hate is usually the reflection of the hate you feel toward an aspect of yourself or a weak attempt your ego throws up to make you feel better than-temporarily. With an attitude and mentality like that, don't worry, there will be plenty more opportunities to make your less than mentality feel better than. It needs constant feeding.

Feb 4 - 08:10 PM

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quietus28

jj l

If only everyone could be the paragon of perfection that you so obviously embody.

Feb 3 - 01:52 PM

Dave J

Dave J

If he's like already dead, then how can he ask for respect moron! And if you don't respect Seymour Hoffman for all the work he's done then that would mean that you don't respect other celebrities who also did drugs as well which includes Jimi Hendrix and Elvis, and the rock stars who're still alive which includes "Black Sabbath", "The Rolling Stones" to Led Zepplin- you damn hypocrite! STOP listening to their music or watch their movies if that is the case!

And you comment like a 10 year old! Are you sure you're not like 12 or something!

Feb 3 - 03:56 PM

Sean Schwalbe

Sean Schwalbe

While I would never wish the despair and loss that comes with drug addiction to you or your family, I only wish that you had even some semblance of an idea of what drug addiction does to a person. I work in substance abuse recovery and have met some of the most respectful and awesome people who have been overcome with their addiction. My only consolation is that your closed-mindedness will prevent you from ever meeting, and most likely judging, said people.

Feb 3 - 05:53 PM

Oliver Mally

Oliver Mally

Idiot!

Feb 4 - 03:52 AM

Norbert Soltész

Norbert Soltész

For a druggie?

Feb 3 - 07:31 AM

Sven Jansen

Sven Jansen

You are so cool.

Feb 4 - 05:10 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

Reminds me of the time he said he never met anyone he didn't like, then went to hang with Wiley Post in Alaska.

Feb 5 - 02:07 PM

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King  S.

King Simba

I tend to just ignore spammers, but seriously? Using an article reporting the death of someone as a way to advertise your dumb website? That's low, even for spammers.

Feb 2 - 01:00 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

It's a bot. They don't have any clue what their doing.

Feb 2 - 04:49 PM

Mike Conway

Mike Conway

*cough* paul walker quote *cough*

Feb 2 - 12:59 PM

Jeff Goldeneye

Life Finds a Way

No it was ah Hoffman. He said it in ah... The Graduate.

Feb 2 - 01:21 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

But speed did kill him.

Feb 2 - 01:22 PM

Micah Wilkening

Micah Wilkening

hahahaha

Feb 5 - 08:35 PM

Quintin Hartell IV

Quintin Hartell IV

It's not even a Paul Walker quote. Don't believe everything you see on Tumblr. But anyway, offensive joke about man's death + too soon = I love it.

Feb 2 - 06:35 PM

Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Which means you're a sad example for a human being

Feb 2 - 08:35 PM

Duncan Moseley

Duncan Moseley

Except it's not offensive. If anything, it's touching.

Feb 3 - 07:30 AM

King  S.

King Simba

I tend to just ignore spammers, but seriously? Using an article reporting the death of someone as a way to advertise your dumb website? That's low, even for spammers.

Feb 2 - 01:00 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

It's a bot. They don't have any clue what their doing.

Feb 2 - 04:49 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Terrible news. He was such a great actor. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Feb 2 - 01:04 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Best performance to date was in Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.

Feb 2 - 02:39 PM

Infernal D.

Infernal Dude 2.0

That is such a cringe inducing character. He nailed it perfectly. This sucks....

Feb 3 - 01:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Best character actor of his generation. Rest in Peace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA_ubhYgjAc

Feb 2 - 01:14 PM

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Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Woah, Janson, I'd like to first off say that I'm not the one flag spamming your shit.

Feb 2 - 01:53 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Really? Come on, don't be a dick.

Feb 2 - 02:54 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Trolling appreciation of the recently deceased is far more obscene than any profanity I could utter. Priorities, bitches. (And commence to ejaculating in your mother's ear, snotknob)

Feb 2 - 02:21 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Dude, it was a joke. I would rather have people be happy then be sad. Just trying to help.

Feb 2 - 02:32 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Helps to be funny. For ex, some people are posting funny clips like Punch Drunk Love and Charlie Wilson's War in memorium. There's better ways to make people smile than douchebaggery.

Feb 2 - 02:44 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

There. You happy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTMYcSU_HCc

Feb 2 - 02:52 PM

Roman Zolanski

Gaylord Focker

It sounds like you could do with heroin yourself. And could you make it a lethal overdose? Cheers J.j (just joking)

Feb 2 - 04:04 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Comedy is hard, children.

Feb 2 - 04:19 PM

Catbus

* Catbus!

No it's not!
"Philip Seymour Hoffman: from Capote to Kaput."
Didn't even break a sweat.

Feb 5 - 02:33 PM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

If you care about the recently deceased, then why don't you care about all the not-celebrities that die of drug abuse?

Feb 3 - 05:04 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Who says I don't, your majesty? I don't seem to be the person here with malicious presumptions about the worth of the lives of drug addicts. It's a disease and worthy of compassion.

Feb 3 - 07:35 AM

Typhon

Typhon Q

What a shame. An undeserved loss, to say the least.

Feb 2 - 01:18 PM

Andrew StClair

Andrew StClair

The guy was doing drugs. It sounds very deserved.

Feb 3 - 05:04 AM

Noah Lister-Stevens

Noah Lister-Stevens

At least Hoffman wasn't morally bankrupt.

Feb 3 - 06:28 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Exactly. Glass houses, you hypocrites.

Feb 3 - 07:35 AM

Duncan Moseley

Duncan Moseley

Are you saying everyone who does drugs deserves to die?

Feb 3 - 07:33 AM

Dave J

Dave J

@Andrew StClair...You're a f-cking idiot! If you had said 'expected' then that would've been acceptable, just because lots of people die from addictions all the time everyday! And only 12 year olds who don't have any friends make stupid comments such as yours!

Feb 3 - 12:32 PM

quietus28

jj l

And you're an asshole, but that doesn't mean I think you deserve to die.

Feb 3 - 01:54 PM

Alex Murray

Alex Murray

He had three kids asswipe,

Feb 4 - 04:57 PM

Sven Jansen

Sven Jansen

@ Andrew St. Clair (faggot name): You... Are a dick!

Feb 5 - 07:14 AM

Jeff Goldeneye

Life Finds a Way

No it was ah Hoffman. He said it in ah... The Graduate.

Feb 2 - 01:21 PM

Robby Mulvany

Robby Mulvany

RIP legend. The greatest actor of his generation. Today we truly lost The Master.

Feb 2 - 01:21 PM

Miguel Medina

Miguel Medina

Very nice Robby

Feb 3 - 02:15 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

But speed did kill him.

Feb 2 - 01:22 PM

Micah Wilkening

Micah Wilkening

hahahaha

Feb 5 - 08:35 PM

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Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Woah, Janson, I'd like to first off say that I'm not the one flag spamming your shit.

Feb 2 - 01:53 PM

Andrew Targaryen

Andrew Targaryen

Really? Come on, don't be a dick.

Feb 2 - 02:54 PM

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Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Woah, Janson, I'd like to first off say that I'm not the one flag spamming your shit.

Feb 2 - 01:53 PM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

Man, this sucks. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. First it's Paul Walker, then it's Peter O'Toole, now this? Sad. I love Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Capote is still one of my favorite movies of all time. I wished he would've stayed long to get more Oscars. R.I.P. PSH! Thank you for all the wonderful moments that lended your career even more.

Feb 2 - 01:31 PM

Alex Aston

Alex Aston

I don't think you can put Paul Walker anywhere close to Hoffman or O'Tool. Both were far better actors than Walker.

Feb 3 - 01:27 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Walker was still employed as an actor- what's the difference! Just because you don't like anything he's in, still doesn't give you the right to compare him! What Kadeem means is that 'a loss is still a loss' idiot! I mean, should I downplay a close relative of yours by comparing him her or you with someone else's by saying 'you weren't very good at what you do anyway, therefore you won't be missed'!

Feb 3 - 05:42 PM

Brad B.

Brad Baer

A major major loss, no other way to put it.

Feb 2 - 01:44 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I'm still with my mouth open. R.I.P. His best films were THE TALENTED MR. "RIPLEY" and CATCHING FIRE.

Feb 2 - 01:46 PM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

No, his best movies were Capote and The Master, among many others.

Feb 2 - 02:10 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

His performance in THE MASTER was one of his best, but I didn't love the movie. I hated CAPOTE.

Feb 2 - 02:18 PM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

How do you hate Capote and yet love Catching Fire? Plebeian alert.

Feb 2 - 10:27 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

Well, I didn't compate them directly.

Feb 3 - 07:24 AM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

If I may add, I hated the Master. However, his true masterpiece was either Boogie Nights or Magnolia or Before the Devil Knows Your Dead.

Feb 2 - 02:39 PM

bend o.

bend over

No one has mentioned Happiness yet...

Feb 3 - 11:28 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I didn't see that one.

Feb 3 - 04:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Be warned, Vicente. I love the film, but it's dark dark dark.

Feb 3 - 05:21 PM

bend o.

bend over

ohhhh yeah!

Feb 4 - 11:33 PM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Boogie Nights and his short bit as Lester Bangs....brilliant

Feb 2 - 02:59 PM

Vincent

Fox Cutler Mulder

Woah, Janson, I'd like to first off say that I'm not the one flag spamming your shit.

Feb 2 - 01:53 PM

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