Actor found dead this morning in his New York apartment.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this morning, February 2, 2014, by a personal assistant. The actor was discovered in his Greenwich Village bathroom with a hypodermic needle still stuck in his arm. It’s a tragic end for one of the greatest actors of his generation. Hoffman, 46, has publicly struggled with drug addiction in recent years.
Hoffman racked up 63 film and television acting credits starting with a 1991 appearance on Law and Order. His last film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, is scheduled for a 2015 release. But it was his emotionally fragile portrayal of Scotty J. in 1997’s Boogie Nights that brought the actor’s genius to mainstream attention.
He was a critical favorite, too, receiving four Academy Award nominations and winning once for his brilliant portrayal of writer Truman Capote in 2005’s Capote. Hoffman also picked up three Tony nominations for his work on stage.
For my dime the actor’s finest overlooked performances include The Count in 2009’s Pirate Radio and Andy in 2007’s chilling Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
No official cause of death has been released at this time.
—-photo Danny Moloshok / Associated Press