Phillip Seymour Hoffman was 46 years old when he took his final bow and passed from this great curtain of life to the next. He was found dead in his West Village, Manhattan apartment this morning. There are not a great deal of details released as of yet, but police are investigating. There are speculations of a possible drug overdose, but that has yet to be determined. Unfortunately the overdose tag is the usual suspect, whenever we hear of a celebrity passing on.
Mr. Hoffman was currently filming the the second part of the third installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy; Mockingjay, when he left us. His stellar career has spanned many years and many genres. The man could play anything, be anyone. His unique outlook on life and his versatility as an actor was a thing of beauty and his passion showed through in every role he would take on. You couldn’t ask for a better “bad guy” for your film as in Mission Impossible III’s, Owen Davian, but he was known best for his quirky and loving characters.
According to his IMDB bio “Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen’s finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Flawless(1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West” and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill (I)’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. His other acting credits in the New York theater include “The Seagull” (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), “Defying Gravity”, “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*@%ing” and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and “The Glory of Living” by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company. Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.”
Courtesy of IMDB, his roles included:
2014- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (filming)–Plutarch Heavensbee 2014- Happyish (TV Series) (post-production)–Thom Payne 2014- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (post-production)–Plutarch Heavensbee 2014- A Most Wanted Man–Günther Bachmann 2014- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire–Plutarch Heavensbee 2012- Back Beyond (Video short)–Lancaster Dodd 2012- A Late Quartet–Robert Gelbart 2011- The Master–Lancaster Dodd 2011- Moneyball–Art Howe 2011- The Ides of March–Paul Zara 2010- A Child’s Garden of Poetry (TV Movie) (voice) 2009- Jack Goes Boating–Jack 2009- Arthur (TV Series)–Will Toffman 2009- The Invention of Lying–Jim the Bartender 2009- Pirate Radio–The Count 2008- Mary and Max–Max Jerry Horovitz (voice) 2008- IDoubt–Father Brendan Flynn 2007- Synecdoche, New York–Caden Cotard 2007- Charlie Wilson’s War–Gust Avrakotos 2007- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead–Andy 2006- The Savages–Jon Savage 2005- Mission: Impossible III–Owen Davian 2005- Capote–Truman Capote 2005- Empire Falls (TV Movie)–Charlie Mayne 2004- Strangers with Candy–Henry 2003- Along Came Polly–Sandy Lyle 2003- Cold Mountain–Reverend Veasey 2003- Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)–Dean Trumbell 2002- Owning Mahowny–Dan Mahowny 2002- 25th Hour–Jacob Elinsky 2002- Red Dragon–Freddy Lounds 2002- Punch-Drunk Love–Dean Trumbell 2000- Love Liza–Wilson Joel 2000- Almost Famous–Lester Bangs 1999- State and Main–Joseph Turner White 1999 -The Talented Mr. Ripley–Freddie Miles 1999- Magnolia–Phil Parma 1998- Flawless–Rusty 1998- Patch Adams–Mitch 1998- Happiness–Allen 1998- The Big Lebowski–Brandt 1998- Next Stop Wonderland–Sean 1997- Montana–Duncan 1997- Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series)–Joseph Plumb Martin 1997- Culture (Short)–Bill 1996- Boogie Nights–Scotty J. 1996- Twister–Dustin Davis 1995- Hard Eight–Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman) 1994- The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (Short)–Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes 1994- Nobody’s Fool–Officer Raymer 1994- When a Man Loves a Woman–Gary 1994- The Yearling (TV Movie)–Buck 1994- Szuler–Martin 1993- The Getaway–Frank Hansen (as Philip Hoffman) 1993- Money for Nothing–Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman) 1993- My Boyfriend’s Back–Chuck Bronski (as Philip Hoffman) 1992- Joey Breaker–Wiley McCall 1992- Scent of a Woman–George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman) 1992- Leap of Faith–Matt 1991- My New Gun–Chris 1991- Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole–Klutch (as Phil Hoffman) 1991- Law & Order (TV Series)–Steven Hanauer
Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Rest In Peace! You will be missed!
Stay safe, stay warm, and be kind to each other.