It is with sadness that we report Oscar winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his West Village, New York apartment due to an apparent heroin overdose. He was 46.
Deemed an actor’s actor, playing complex characters, Mr. Hoffman was born in Fairport, New York on July 23, 1967. He began his love for acting in high school before graduating with an M.F.A from the New York Tish School of the Dramatic Arts university in 1989.
His first role was in My New Gun while holding down jobs as a waiter and a lifeguard, but his breakout role was when he was cast in Scent of a Woman while making sandwiches at a New York deli in 1992.
He was active on stage performing in such plays as True West, Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Seagull.
Mr. Hoffman was also seen in such great films as Almost Famous, Boogie Nights, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mission: Impossible III, Red Dragon, The Big Lebowski, The Master and garnered the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2006 for the lead character in Capote.
Clean for 23 years from alcohol and substance abuse, he was the father of three children. He was known to enjoy every character he performed in independent movies, stage or major films, absorbing himself into the character, adding to the believability to every role he portrayed.
His incredible talent will be missed.