Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar winning actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote, was found dead in a Manhattan apartment late Sunday morning around 11 a.m. New York City Police report. Mr. Hoffman was 46 years old.
Hoffman was currently a part of the filming of the third installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. He plays the important character Plutarch Heavensbee who is featured heavily in the third book.
The cause of death has yet to be definitively determined, but drug abuse was present. The apartment is located at 35 Bethune St. in Manhattan, a part of the WestVillage neighborhood. According to police the apartment was Hoffman’s.
He was found in the bathroom of the apartment which is located on the fourth floor of the Pickwick House. He was found around 11a.m. by David Katz, the screenwriter, who immediately called 911.
The actor first appeared as an actor on the television show Law and Order in the early 1990s and has slowly built a reputation for himself as one of the countries bigger stars in independent and art house movies.
There has not been much information released at this time about Hoffman’s health and recent relationship with drugs. Some of Hoffman’s earliest prominent roles include Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, and Almost Famous.
In 2005 Hoffman was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote in the film Capote. The movie depicted the events that led up to the writing of the author’s huge hit, both critically and commercially, In Cold Blood. It details Capote writing and reporting on the event that would form the plot of his non-fiction novel. It also investigated the relationship Capote fostered with Alvin Dewey, the man convicted of the murder of the Clutter family and later executed for his crime.
Hoffman was also recently nominated twice for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. He was recognized for his work portraying a cult leader in The Master, a film made Paul Thomas Anderson, a man Hoffman had worked with before on Boogie Nights and Magnolia, and also in Doubt where he plays a priest opposite Meryl Streep. He also appeared in recent movies such as The Savages, The Ides of March, Charlie Wilson’s War and Misson Impossible III.
Hoffman also had a large theater career, appearing in a 2012 rendition of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and also “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings.” He was nominated for three Tony Awards.
White roses have been placed outside the building in WestVillage by an adoring fan. Hoffman’s death will be mourned by many other fans who enjoyed the actors honest, heartfelt and sometimes brutally destructive treatment of some of the most indelible characters over the past few years. Hoffman is survived by a son and two daughters whose mother is the costume designer Mimi O’Donell. The two met on the set of a theatrical production Hoffman was directing. The news will certainly be a blow to the acting community, another untimely and unexpected tragedy involving middle aged acting stars, after Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead from a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment.
By Nick Manai