Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46

By: ABC News Email
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MANHATTAN, N.Y. -- Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who played everything from a maverick CIA agent to a drag queen to a Catholic priest, has died. He was 46.

Hoffman was found in his Manhattan apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan this morning, according to the New York Police Department, which is investigating.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but according to NYPD sources, there was evidence of injectable drugs found at the scene.

Hoffman won the Best Actor Academy Award and the Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his leading role in the 2005 film "Capote," which detailed the five-year period during which author Truman Capote penned "In Cold Blood."

He was nominated for three Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for "The Master," "Doubt," and "Charlie Wilson's War."

The second of four children, Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967 in Fairport, Conn., to mother Marilyn O'Connor (née Loucks), a lawyer, and father Gordon Stowell Hoffman who worked for Xerox.

He graduated with a BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and began his film career in 1991, starring in his debut role in the indie production "Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole."

Hoffman's breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" (1997), after which he quickly became known for his leading and supporting roles on the big screen, including Todd Solondz's "Happiness" (1998), "Flawless" (1999), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999), "Almost Famous" (2000) and "State and Main" (2000).

In 2005, Hoffman starred in the role that would lead him to win the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor for his performance in "Capote." The next year, he won an Oscar for the same part.

He also proved himself a capable theater actor on Broadway, receiving two Tony nominations for Best Actor in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard's "True West" and again in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night."

Hoffman has previously been in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. In his early twenties, Hoffman said he started abusing drugs not long after graduating from his degree at NYU.

"I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old," Hoffman revealed during a 2006 interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes." "You get panicked ... and I got panicked for my life."

He also said he was lucky he got sober before becoming famous and had the money to feed his addition.

"I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich," he said in the interview. "I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'd be dead."'

The actor claims he kicked the habit for 23 years and had remained sober until May 2013 when he briefly relapsed and returned to rehab after admitting to snorting heroin.

Hoffman is succeeded by his girlfriend, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, their son, Cooper and two daughters, Tallulah and Willa.


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