A Farewell to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Award-winning actor found dead in apartment, apparently to drug overdose.


Born on July 23rd, 1967 in Fairport, New York, Philip Seymour Hoffman had become a highly renowned actor who acted for a variety of films, T.V. shows, and stage shows. Unfortunately, as of today, February 2nd 2014, Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City.

Hoffman’s career began in 1991 when he played a defendant on Law & Order, and proceeded to make himself known in 1992’s Scent of a Woman, his first feature film. Since then Hoffman has played in distinct popular films such as The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Mission Impossible: III, Moneyball, and most recently, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Hoffman’s most popular role, however, was his portrayal of the award-winning author, Truman Capote, in the feature film Capote. His stunning performance received an Academy Award for best actor in 2006, along with an abundant variety of other awards.

He was the director for stage plays such as Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and Our Lady of 121st Street, which both received nominations for a Drama Desk Award. He also acted in shows such as True West, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Starring as the new game maker, Plutarch Heavensbee, in 2013’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hoffman’s popularity boomed even further as today’s younger generation was introduced to his talent. The laud he received for his characterization showed high promises for receiving yet another Academy Award, this time for best supporting actor.

Alas, due to what is believed to be a drug overdose, judging by the syringe that was found in his arm, and the previous battle with drugs he was known to have gone through, Hoffman’s career has come to an unexpected and tragic close.

Leaving behind his partner of fifteen years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, Cooper Alexander Hoffman (10), Tallulah Hoffman (7), and Willa Hoffman (5), it is a true understatement to say that Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed, and his talent never forgotten.

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