Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman – best known for his roles in the likes of Boogie Nights, Capote and The Master, has died.

According to the New York Department Hoffman, who was 46, was found at his apartment in New York City’s West Village.

Although the cause of death has not been confirmed by medical officials, early reports suggested he may have succumbed to a drug overdose.

The actor – who had previously admitted drug and alcohol problems in his 20s – spent time in rehab in 2013 to treat addiction to prescription drugs and heroin.

Hoffman originally sprang to prominence with supporting roles in Scent Of A Woman, Twister, Nobody’s Fool and When A Man Loves A Woman.

His other notable films included Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, ensemble drama Magnolia and 70s-set comedy Almost Famous in which he played Rolling Stone legend Lester Bangs.

However it was his role as the writer Truman Capote in the 2005 movie Capote which won him the coveted best actor Oscar.

More recently Hoffman combined blockbuster fare such as Mission Impossible III with the smaller, more interesting films for which he became renowned – as well as forging a successful stage career, notably appearing in the Broadway production of Death Of A Salesman in 2012.

He reunited with Magnolia director Paul Thomas Anderson for 2013’s The Master, which won him another Oscar nomination, this time for best supporting actor.

The actor also appeared in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, and had been working on the next film in the series, Mockingjay, at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, as well as a son and two daughters.

 

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