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Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 47

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Photo by Michael Loccisano

Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away Sunday, he was just 47 years old. Best known for his award winning performance as Truman Capote in the film "Capote" and nominated for three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for the films "Charlie Wilson's War", "Doubt" and "The Master". Hoffman was also notable for his work with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson by appearing in five of his films. Besides his work on the big screen he was also a stage actor appearing on Broadway and off-Broadway whilst earning three Tony nominations.

Born on July 23, 1976 in Fairport, New York. Hoffman became involved in theater during his high school years and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama. He made his first real impact on Hollywood with his role in the film "A Scent of a Woman" and appeared in small roles in films such as "The Getaway", "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "My Boyfriend's Back". In 1996 he appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson's theatrical debut "Hard Eight" and the two would collaborate on four more films.

Critics first took notice of his acting work when he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his supporting role in the film "Happiness". But his career wouldn't take off until his role of writer Truman Capote in the film "Capote". After his success with "Capote", Hoffman continued to star in major studio productions and independent films. Sadly beneath all the glamor, Hoffman battled addiction to heroin, alcohol and pills for years. He checked into rehab and detox programs a few times over the years but he could never defeat those demons which would eventually take his life.

Hollywood lost a real talent today. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a versatile actor who acted on the stage and silver screen. His ability to transform himself into a variety of roles whether is was a baseball manager, socialite writer, flamboyant music critic, charismatic leader or a roughneck he did it all with flair and realism and he will be missed.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is survived by his spouse Mimi O'Donnell and their three children.