On today in 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman, deemed a definite of the very most versatile and talented actors of his generation, dies of an accidental drug overdose at age 46 in New York City. During his profession, the prolific performer appeared in a lot more than 50 movies, like “Capote,” “Doubt” and “The Hunger Games” series, and earned a reputation for playing quirky or challenging characters. Hoffman also was an accomplished stage actor and director.
Born July 23, 1967, Hoffman grew up in Fairport, New York, and created a pastime in theater while developing up. He studied acting at New York University, that he graduated in 1989, and continued to create his tiny-screen debut in a 1991 bout of “Law & Order.” The next year, he earned his initial big-screen credit within an indie film titled “Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole.” Hoffman garnered interest for his supporting work as a spoiled prep scholar in the Oscar-winning film “Scent of a Woman” (1992), which he followed with appearances such films as “Nobody’s Fool” (1994), “Twister” (1996), “Boogie Nights” (1997), “The Big Lebowski” (1998) “Magnolia” (1999) and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999). Increasingly popular, Hoffman then took on roles in films including “Almost Famous” (2000), “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002), “The 25th Hour” (2002), “Cold Mountain” (2003) and “Along Came Polly” (2004).
He won an Academy Award in the best actor category for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in “Capote” (2005), and received Oscar nominations for absolute best supporting actor for his work as a CIA agent in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) and for his performance as a priest in “Doubt” (2008). Other film credits incorporate “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), “Moneyball” (2011) and “The Hunger Games” series. Hoffman garnered a third absolute best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his work as a cult leader in “The Master” (2012).
Hoffman also was an acclaimed stage actor and director, who helped co-identified a theater business, LAByrinth, and earned Tony Award nominations for his performances in “True West” (2000), “Long Day’s Journey into Night” (2003) and “Death of a Salesman” (2012), where he starred as Willy Loman.
On February 2, 2014, Hoffman, who had struggled with drug addiction in his early 20s but was sober for quite some time right before relapsing in 2012, was located dead in his Manhattan apartment. The healthcare examiner later ruled that the daddy of three had died from acute mixed drug intoxication.