Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:27 am,

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Celebrated actor, producer and director Philip Seymour Hoffman, known for his Oscar-winning performance in Capote and most recently as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been found dead in his Manhattan apartment, according to WSJ. He was 46 years old.

The early reports, from sites such as the NY Post, suggest that Mr. Hoffman died of a possible heroin overdose, and was found in his bathroom with a syringe in his arm. Hoffman had battled addiction throughout his life and career, and sadly had checked himself into rehab in 2012 for ten days. He apparently relapsed again in May 2013. This is a sad end to a brilliant career of one of the most natural, magnetic actors of his generation.

This tragic news may complicate the filming of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which was still filming at the time of his passing. The first part of The Hunger Games finale has completed principal photography.

His family has released the following statement (via Miles Doran of CBS):

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.

“The family will not be making any further statements at this time.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York on July 23, 1967 to Gordon Stowell Hoffman, a former Xerox executive and Marilyn O’Connor, a family court judge and civil rights activist. His parents divorced when he was nine. Hoffman studied theater from a young age, attending the 1984 Theater School at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and continuing theater studies with acting teacher Alan Langdon after graduating high school.

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While at NYU, where he received a BFA in Drama, he founded the Bullstoi Ensemble theater company with actor Steven Schlub and Capote director Bennett Miller. He first appeared in a Law & Order episode in 1991, followed by a string of indie film roles. His big breakthrough came with his role in the 1992 film Scent of a Woman, where he turned heads as Chris O’Donnell’s shady roommate. This led to a batch of higher profile film roles, such as The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and Nobody’s Fool, which starred Paul Newman.

He appeared in a number of mainstream blockbusters, such as his role as the villain in Mission:Impossible III, and alternated those with tougher roles such as the suspicious priest in Doubt (for which he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor), a duplicitous political adviser in George Clooney’s The Ides of March, and Oakland A’s manager Art Howe in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball. He also wrote and directed 2010′s Jack Goes Boating and will be remembered for so many other roles, from The Big LebowskiCharlie Wilson’s War, and Pirate Radio to his epic turn in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York.

In 1996, he appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film Hard Eight, and would go on to appear in nearly every film by Anderson. His supporting role as love-struck Scotty in Boogie Nights nearly stole the show from Mark Wahlberg’s Dirk Diggler; his sympathetic male nurse attending the dying Jason Robards in Magnolia was the kind heart of that movie; and he played the memorably blow-dried villain in Punch-Drunk Love. 

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His final role with Anderson, however, might be his most iconic. In 2012′s The Master, Hoffman delivered a precise, fascinating portrayal of Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a religious movement called “The Cause,” based loosely on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. As he attempts to help – or exploit? – the deeply troubled World War II veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), Dodd is simultaneously attracted to and repelled by the untamed Freddie. But does Dodd really possess deeper wisdom or is he a complete charlatan? Hoffman’s quiet, knowing performance keeps you guessing.

Hoffman was never anything less than solid, and when he truly disappeared into a role – such as his Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote – you understood that this was a truly brilliant actor at work. He never stopped working on the stage and earned Tony nominations for the 2000 revival of San Shepard’s “True West,” as well as a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” He was also the Co-Artistic Director for the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, directing “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings,” “Jesus Hopped the A Train,” and “Our Lady of 121st Street.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s magnificent career should not be overshadowed by his problems with drugs and alcohol. He was a dedicated actor and is survived by his son Cooper Alexander and two daughters, Tallulah and Willa, born to Hoffman and costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, with whom he had a longstanding relationship.

We here at Screen Rant would like to express our deepest condolences to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s friends and family, and ask that his fans keep them in their prayers.


R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman, July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014.

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  1. Sad day when a talented artist dies. Even sadder when a father dies. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  2. 11This really is tragic. Also, I was kind of surprised he was so young. I thought he was in his mid 50s.

  3. Well, tragic end or not, his legacy will live on for millions of film fans around the world and that’s something he’d be proud of, I’m sure.

    I never knew him myself but have to repeat what Ricky Gervais said about working with him because it sounds accurate from the interviews he’s conducted.

    “He was a sweet, kind, humble guy and I enjoyed working with him. He will be missed.”

    RIP Hoffman.

  4. Sad to see him go.

    The way some people have been reacting on other sites is atrocious; just the most hateful stuff.

  5. Terribly sad news…
    My heart breaks for his family, friends and children. Peace of mind no doubt alludes them today but hopefully they can find it again soon.

  6. Tragic. An incredible talent who will be remembered as such.

  7. Very sad news. I don’t think I ever saw him give a poor performance. I regret not having had a chance to see him onstage. This is a great loss to theater and film.

  8. Even more tragic when an American soldier, police officer, or firefighter dies. Hoffman may have been an actor, but he was also a junkie. Funny how people fail to notice the reality and call it what it is. An actor, a millionaire, a drug addict. No sympathy here. He made his choice of lifestyle. I’m sure he was a nice guy though.

    • And here we go again. Celebrities are horrible people who take drugs, shame on them. How dare they not be as useful as doctors and soldiers. And how dare they take drugs, it’s not like normal people take it all the time. Hoffman deserves no sympathy from drug overdoes because he’s undeservingly more well known than fire fighters and cops.

      • I don’t give sympathy to anyone who has a drug overdose. He was in a position to receive more help than any normal human on this planet could ever obtain. He had the means to achieve great things and instead pissed it away by doing heroine. It’s not a secret how bad heroine is and what it can do. Do you give sympathy to those drug addict bums on the street who die or OD every day begging for change? Or is this a special case because he was in a few movies you liked?

        • Uh yes, some people do have sympathy for the homeless people who OD. What a dumb question. What’s the point of spreading hate on this article. If you don’t feel bad for the guy, that’s your business, but why do you feel the need to publicly post that you don’t feel bad? Don’t spread hate.

          Sure he made his choices that led to his passing but it’s still a tragedy for his family to lose a loved one. Even if he didn’t have peace while alive, I pray he is resting in peace now. If not for him, than for his family and children.

          • Nothing towards his family or friends. It is a tragedy for them. But for him, he was being an idiot. Comparing his situation to a person who can’t receive (afford) the help that can save their lives is what angers me. If I have 3 kids and a family, the last damn thing I would do is make those children grow up without a father. By doing heroine and not seeking the help he needed he proved he was just selfish and none of that mattered any more. Heroine leads to nothing but death and by continuously doing it proves you have given up on life. Why should I give sympathy to him? I have sympathy for those kids that don’t have a father any more and know their father died by doing one of the dumbest things possible.

            • It’s tragic how little you know about the psychological aspects of addiction. So just stop talking. Calling a dead man an idiot, real classy. Like I said earlier, you don’t have to feel sorry for him but you should have the common decency to not slander a dead man. What good comes from this?

      • This is the best, honest, and truest statement so far. Life is no hard. Doing stupid things leads no where fruitful. Guy had an addiction, lack of self control, and died from it. Oooohh but lets just all forget about that and talk about all the great things he did, like memorizes lines and reciting them on camera.

        • So lets say you had a brother or sister with a drug problem, you wouldnt care if they should die of an overdose? you’d chalk it up to their failures in life and carry on with yours? Dead is dead and whether someone dies of an overdose or in a car crash its tragic, the man clearly had problems and fell of the wagon for reasons we’ll never no, your not making the world any better by tarnishing his memory.

          • None of my sibling has drug problems becuase we were raised with morals, values, and a sense of self worth.

            I am not saying its no tragic, you are correct dead is dead but there is no comparison between a military person dying and some junkie.

            • I never mentioned the military…..and you keep saying ‘junkie’ like a person with a drug problem isnt a human being. When someone dies (whether from drugs or not) a human life had been forever lost, their entire potential wiped from existence and everyone that knew them and loved them has to live with the pain that they couldnt save them, and you think it doesnt matter? that they deserved it? you dont know why he was taking drug, he could have been depressed and turn to drugs in desperation.

              Your disregard for human life is sick.

            • You overestimate how well morals, values and sense worth protects one from making mistakes. I’m not defending anyone with drug problems. But having morals doesn’t mean that you can’t make mistakes in life – some mistakes are worse than others but still…

    • Soldiers – American and otherwise, don’t forget the US military isn’t the only one that exists in the world – as well as police officers and firefighters sign up knowing they may be killed as part of the job. It’s a loss of life and not a good thing at all but at least they’re pretty much expected to die in horrible circumstances. An actor who spent 23 years sober and then slipped off the wagon when he least expected it is in fact way more tragic.

      • So someone who dies in the line of duty is the equivalent of some junkie in his underwear overdosing in the bathroom? Yep, that sounds about right.

        Looks like you forgot the “umb” after the “D” in your name “Dazz”! (See what I did there?)

      • I think I understand what you are attempting to convey, Dazz, but you lost me with your last sentence. His end was tragic, but by no means, is it “more” tragic than the loss of anyone from any of the professions that you mention. The guy was great actor, and thus, great at playing “make pretend”. He was not a soldier, police officer, firefighter, etc.

    • I love how people use this argument. As a vet I find it extremely disingenuous to bash someone with an addiction. This was a man who had the means and finances to try to get the appropriate psychological treatment and counseling and it still failed him. My fellow vets are committing suicide at record numbers, many of them also “junkies”. The lack of psychological healthcare in this country is criminal, if anything should outrage you it is that. Instead I am betting you are one of the Big Pharma backers who believe there is just a pill for everything. Lack of empathy is one of the signs of a sociopath, maybe you should look at your life and see what is making you so unhappy that you feel the need to post such callous remarks on a website.

      • I sometimes wonder if this whole entire country is becoming sociopathic.

      • Amen

      • “It” didn’t fail him. He failed himself.

      • Your words are going to be lost on some of these people because as you said they lack the ability to empathize with other living things. That is why they are so apt to be unnecessarily hateful on such a cold, anonymous medium as the Internet.

    • Get a life dude..we just lost an icon and a family lost a father..we don’t need your b******* in this time of grief

    • You are a heartless prick!!
      It is a great life you must lead to have never known or loved someone that had an addiction, sometimes addiction grabs even the most gifted people and leads them into the darkness…It does NOT mean they are bad people or that they are junkies! My best friend in the world died from a heroin overdose and I can tell you he was a great father, a great friend, and an even better person…NOT a junkie, NOT a loser!

      It is a very sad end to, who from ALL accounts was a great man!
      Being an addict is a disease and it takes far too many good people away from their loved ones, It is a horrible day for the family and friends of Mr. Hoffman. May he rest in peace and my condolences to everyone that knew and loved him!

      And to you Reaper: may you always lead such a great life that No one you know or love is taken from you by addiction, It is sad and horrible to watch a loved one being taken from you day by day knowing that there is NOTHING on this earth that you can do to or for them, but yet when they are taken it is still as sudden and horrific as any death can be.

      • THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^comment is for that jackhole reaper ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    • @Reaper. Have you ever been to a VA Hospital? Well, assuming you haven’t (although you might have, I don’t know), many war veterans are either psychotic or they are junkies. Not everybody who fights for their country should be celebrated. Do I still hold the highest respect for them, yes, unless they give me a reason not to. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a great actor and did not deserve what happened to him. He did, however, earn what happened to him. The only reason people talk about Hoffman instead of your average veteran or officer or fire fighter, etc. is because people enjoyed watching him on the screen. It is not more tragic than anybody else’s death. It is the person’s family who mourns and remembers your average man, a celebrity is remembered by all simply because many people knew them.

  9. Very sad news. RIP.

  10. Sad news, I was really shocked when the news from Wall Street came and was hoping it was a hoax. He was very talented, and his performance in “The Master” still left me shaking because he was truly marvelous :(
    Too bad he was defeated by drugs, I guess some people just can’t win against his own demon…
    RIP Mr Hoffman! Thanks for your contribution, you and your talent will be dearly missed!

  11. No sympathy for a father of 3 dies with a needle in his arm. Great actor very talented, my heart goes out to his family, just not to him. When your a father you should know better.

    • Thank you. This should be the reaction to everyone. Just because he was in a few movies you liked doesn’t excuse the fact that he died being an idiot.

    • And if you’re willing to slander someone online, one might expect you would learn some grammar, wouldn’t he?


      Rest in Peace Mr Hoffman. Will be sorely missed.

  12. Darn shame what drugs can do. He was a fine actor, I enjoyed his films. Shame such talent must be wasted.

    Condolences to his family.

  13. A great actor. I’ve enjoyed just about everything I’ve seen him in, in fact, I’d go see a movie just knowing he was in it. Tragic loss all around.

  14. Oh no. It’s a shame he couldn’t get the help he needed. :(

    • He could have…he just didn’t.

      Still, may God rest his soul.

  15. RIP Mr.Hoffman.I thought he would’ve made a great Penguin in the Batman reboot.

  16. Favorite roll of PSH: Along came Polly. So many hilarious scenes. Pizza grease, Let It Rain, stealing the Jesus Christ super star show. Funny man

    • “Rain Dance!” RIP to a legend.

  17. Really sad when you think of what roles/movies he could’ve gone on to do in his 50′s, 60′s… Sad. He really made an interesting villain too.

  18. Whats sad apart from a person dying is the way he died.found with a needle in his arm.drugs are all over hollywood celebs.thats the sadest thing nowdays. people doing drugs for whatever reason.

  19. RIP Mr. Hoffman. I’ve only seen a couple of your performances, but you’ll be remembered.

  20. Very sad news great actor who had so much potential.i dont know what led him to drugs so i can not judge but its sad that he died this way.

  21. Very sad and tragic. RIP Mr. Hoffman.

  22. R.I.P. Phillip smh so young

  23. R.I.P Mr. Hoffman, brilliant actor.

    It’s a sad world we live in when people think that someone with a drug problem deserves death. This man knew he had a problem and had sought help in the past but was beaten by his demons in the end, its not our place to judge. Id like to point out that most of you thrashing his memory have smoked, drank or tried drugs in your life and no doubt enjoyed it, if you had the kind of money these actor make im sure drugs would be hard to avoid in hollywood.

  24. I’m deeply sad to this news, Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our ‘Greats.’. His talent was brilliant, and he was clearly a Characters Actor. My heart goes out to your family, Rest In Peace one of our greats.

  25. Truly an amazing artist and master of his craft. Thoughts are out to his loved ones

  26. Sad news indeed. I think we’ve lost a true acting icon here. This guy was absolutely amazing in every film I’ve seen him in.

  27. R.I.P.

    the strength of the mind is very powerful, doesn’t always work in a persons favour

  28. One of the best. Thanks for the great work, condolences to his loved ones, and RIP.

  29. RIP a talented actor. A father,a husband, friend to many.

    From his time in patch adams to his.performance in the master I’ve seen so many of his fims. His passion is visible, he talent unquestionable. Another actor who was defeated by a personal demon.

    So many films are affected as they may have had his skills and talents make magic on film and now we will never see that talent again.