Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has died earlier today, February 2, 2014 at the age of 46 at his apartment in Greenwich Village. The cause of death is reportedly a drug overdose.
Hoffman was busy filming the latest Hunger Games episode, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” which has a release date of 2015, playing the role of “Plutarch Heavensbee” and had just finished filming the roles of “Thom Payne” in TV Series “Happyish,” “Guenther Bachmann” in “A Most Wanted Man” and “God’s Pocket,” all with 2014 releases.
A New York native, Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, starring as “Steven Hanauer” in TV series “Law & Order,” which lead to a role in his first film that same year as “Klutch” in “Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole,” starring opposite Eric Mitchell, Daisy Hall and Alba Clemente.
His Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, which he had earned in 1989 from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts seemed to be paying off, as Hoffman soon landed roles in “Scent of a Woman,” starring opposite Al Pacino, “When a Man Loves a Woman” with Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan, “Nobody’s Fool” with Paul Newman, “Twister” with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, “The Big Lebowski” with Jeff Bridges, “Magnolia” with Tom Cruise and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” before the millennium was over! In fact, Phillip Seymour Hoffman managed to acquire some 63 acting credits.
Hoffman also won himself a Best Actor Oscar at the 2006 Academy Awards for his role as Truman Capote in the film “Capote,” in which he portrayed the author researching for his book “In Cold Blood,” which is an account of the murder of a Kansas family, during which he develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, who was one of the killers.
In 2006, Hoffman had given an interview to TV show “60 Minutes” stating that he had given up drinking and drugs by the time he was 22, yet he had briefly checked into a rehab program due to a dependency on prescription drugs and later resorting to heroin.
The Hunger Games star was found dead by his playwright friend David Bar Katz who drove out to Hoffman’s apartment when he couldn’t get in touch with him. In addition to the syringe stuck in Hoffman’s left forearm, a police investigation uncovered two plastic envelopes with heroin laying nearby and five empty plastic envelopes in the trash.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman is survived by his wife Mimi O’Donnell, a costume designer, who he had married in 1999 and their three children, a son born in 2003 and two daughters, who were born in 2006 and 2008.