Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at 46 – RIP

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at 46 – RIP


The Wall Street Journal posted a report today that Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment this Sunday morning. The New York Post also reported the news. Hoffman’s big breakout role was in Paul Thomas Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS in 1997, and he’s since starred in movies like THE BIG LEBOWSKI, MAGNOLIA, ALMOST FAMOUS, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, MONEYBALL, THE MASTER, and most recently THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in CAPOTE (2005). He was supposed to be prepping his second directorial effort EZEKIEL MOSS in which Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams were set to star. He was also an accomplished theater actor in New York City.

According to reports, screenwriter David Katz found Hoffman in his fourth floor New York City apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15am. Katz was said to have found him in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm, and that he died of an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman evidently had problems with drug addiction at a young age and was relapsing, even going to treatment for drug addiction as recently as 2013.

Reports noted Mr. Hoffman was last seen on Saturday around 8pm, and was supposed to pick up his children Sunday morning. Mr. Katz and a friend went to check on him when he didn’t show, and called 911 upon discovering him unresponsive. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene. The New York Police Department is said to be investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the exact cause of death. Hoffman was 46-yeas-old.

This obviously comes as a great shock to many, and a sad instance of a truly talented man being taken from us far too soon. Hoffman was excellent and memorable in so many roles. I thought certain he’s win his second Oscar for his work in THE MASTER. It will also be interesting to see how Lionsgate deals with Hoffman’s death considering his role in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 1 and Part 2. Our sincere sympathies to his family and friends at this tragic time.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.