Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village home earlier this morning. The Academy Award winner was only 46-years-old, but over the past few years, the actor had admitted to battling personal problems and he openly reflected in an interview how he often thought about death and loss.
A medical official said Philip Seymour Hoffman was found by a screenwriter in the bathroom of his fourth floor apartment at a quarter after 11 this morning. The death was of an apparent drug overdose – a hypodermic needle was found in his arm, cops said.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was announced just yesterday to be directing his second film, Ezekiel Moss, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhall. This would have followed his directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, which received favorable reviews.
In regards to acting, Hoffman was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for performances in Doubt, The Master, and Charlie Wilson’s War. He would eventually win his sole Best Actor award in 2005 for Capote.
In addition to the aforementioned pictures were such critically acclaimed films as Moneyball and The Ides of March. One of his lesser known movies was Synecdoche, New York as a character who often reflected about death and the meaning of life. Hoffman most recently portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games films. Comingsoon.net learned that his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was complete and he had seven days remaining to shoot Part 2. Thus, release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015 respectively will not be affected.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has had his fair share of problems, admitting in 2006 publicly that after he graduated from New York University’s drama school he began to suffer from substance abuse problems, eventually going to rehab where he got sober. Last year, Hoffman was checked into rehab again by himself after a 2012 relapse. The actor would spend ten days at rehab. TMZ also reported that he was using prescription pills and for a week he was using heroin before reaching out for help.
Earlier in January, A Most Wanted Man starring Hoffman made its premiere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from Jan. 16-26 in Utah. The film is an adaptation of a John le Carre novel of the same name. A Most Wanted Man was one of the more talked about films in the Sundance lineup because of the source material’s themes about international terror. The passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman is sure to give that much more publicity to this thriller, which also stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe.
Hoffman leaves behind his longtime girlfriend, a costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, a son born in March 2003 and two daughters born in November 2006 and October 2008 respectively.
Aside from acting, Hoffman was also the co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company which brings to New York new American plays. In a 2008 New York Times article, the publication praised his diligent work to get productions out, which ranged from acting to directing to fund-raising.
In the same N.Y. Times interview, Philip Seymour Hoffman described the impact of his role in Synecdoche, New York, which he said he took because it resonated with him. The film was about the clash of death and art, and Hoffman said he often reflected about death and loss all the time. The actor described growing old as not just a battle, but a massacre. He also expressed how 80 years from now, no one he knows will be alive, but hopefully “the art will remain.”
By Kollin Lore