Award-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies Aged 46

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The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at the age of 46, according to US reports.

Discovered dead at his home in New York by scriptwriter David Katz this morning, Hoffman is now believed to have died of a drug overdose. Officials have said that a hypodermic needle and envelopes containing what appeared to be heroin were also found in his apartment. The New York Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are currently working to determine the exact cause of death.

Philip_Seymour_Hoffman_2011Hoffman is widely considered to have been one of the finest character actors of his generation, having mastered a hugely diverse range of roles. He had his first big film break in 1997 with Boogie Nights, in which he played Scotty J., the hapless assistant to Jack Horner’s pornography production company. Amongst many other films, he later starred in Magnolia as nurse Phil Parma, in Charlie Wilson’s War as CIA agent Gust Avrakotos and in Flawless as drag queen Rusty. In 2005, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Capote, and in addition to multiple Oscar nominations, he has also had a successful theatre career. However, it is perhaps for his roles as Brandt in The Big Lebowski, Owen Davian in Mission Impossible III and most recently, Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for which he will be best known to our readers. Hoffman was, of course, set to continue playing Heavensbee in the two upcoming Hunger Games sequels, Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2.

His loss will be deeply felt both by those who knew him personally and by fans of his work. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Images by Justin Hoch and Georges Biard via Wikimedia Commons.

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