Last seen alive at 8 pm Saturday, award-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was pronounced dead today in his New York apartment. While he shied away from media interviews for most of his career, he did so to be recognized for the characters he portrayed rather than for his own personality. In his absence, it is his contributions to television, films and the stage that will be remembered.
The 46-year-old was found with a needle in his arm on the bathroom floor. Police found evidence of heroin in the apartment. Though an autopsy is scheduled for Monday, the empty heroin containers lead investigators to believe he died from a heroin overdose. He was known to have a drug problem and was getting help at some point last year.
He leaves behind his partner Mimi and three children, but that is not all he leaves. The characters he has played have left an impression that will last with viewers for many years to come. The award-winning actor certainly mane a name for himself, even if he never basked in the fame. He become a recognized actor, whether he wanted to be or not. Huffman’s love of acting went beyond the screen, however. He studied acting at New York University and was active in stage performances and directing, as well.
He won an Academy Award for Capote in 2005, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He made his first acting debut in 1991 in Law & Order. His film debut followed in 1992 with the Scent of a Woman. He played in Twister and two other firms that same year. Even once he acquired a little fame, he still chose lesser known directors to work with and quirky characters to portray.
Hoffman had Drama Desk and Tony award nominations for roles in the Broadway plays True West, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman. He later picked up an Emmy for his role in Empire Falls in 2005. He earned four Golden Globe nominations. He went on to play villain Owen Davian in Mission: Impossible III in 2006.
Other highlights from his acting career include roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Almost Famous, Cold Mountain, Moneyball and the Ides of March.
His latest role was with the Hunger Games franchise. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is scheduled for release on Nov. 21. Even though Hoffman has about a week’s worth of filming left to complete his part in the film, it is expected to be released on time.
Shane Salerno was the director of Salinger, a documentary starring Huffman, Martin Sheen, Ed Norton and John Cusack Salerno described him as warm and intellectual. He also appreciated the fact that once he signed onto the project, other actors were eager to join him.
The loss of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is felt by his family, co-stars and fans. Actors tweeted their words shock and sadness, offering words of remembrance and recognizing him as a beautiful person, talented man and a great actor.
By Tracy Rose