Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman
Yesterday, news broke that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment. Initial reports indicate the death was drug-related, as Hoffman was found with a needle still in his arm.
Hoffman battled drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life, entering rehab at age 22. He stayed sober for 23 years before relapsing and checking back into rehab for 10 days in 2013. In 2006, Hoffman spoke with 60 Minutes about his drug problems:
“It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all. I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old. You get panicked, and I got panicked for my life.”
His 2013 relapse first started with prescription drugs, which escalated to heroin. After his second stint, rehab appeared to have worked for Hoffman as he quickly went back to work on the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In August, he dropped out of the shooting for the spy thriller Child 44 for “undisclosed reasons”.
Hoffman has always been known as an actor to fully invest in his role, be it a supporting role or as the lead. His film breakthrough came in 1992 when he appeared in four films, most notably as Chris O’Donnell’s classmate in The Scent of a Woman. Since then, he’s had a tremendous variety of roles in his career, portraying a millionaire’s uneasy assistant in The Big Lebowski to an arms-dealing villain in Mission Impossible III, and just about everything in between.
2005’s Capote was Hoffman’s biggest film to date, as he portrayed writer Truman Capote in a role that won him the Oscar for “Best Actor”. He also received supporting role nominations for his parts in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master. At the time of his death, he was filming for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, in which the majority of his scenes had already completed filming.
Hoffman was in a relationship with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell for the past fifteen years, with whom he has three children. Hoffman was 46 years old.
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