On Sunday morning, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment. The actor, director and stage performer, 46, will be deeply missed by stars and fans who are devastated by the tragedy. He was not only great to watch on the big screen, but left behind some great memories.
The New York native made his first TV appearance in 1991 on an episode of “Law and Order.” In 1992 his film career took off and he was in four films that year. The most successful of those films was “Scent of a Woman”, where he played a classmate of Chris O’Donnell’s character. He credits that film for being the one that made his career take off. Before landing the role he was working at a grocery store.
With the exception of the film “There Will Be Blood” in 2007, he has appeared in all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films. He has also appeared in three movies with Julianne Moore. He beat actor Heath Ledger in 2005 for an Academy Award for Best Actor; however, Ledger went on to beat Hoffman in 2008 with an award for Best Supporting Actor for “The Dark Knight.”
Hoffman has two sisters and a brother. His parents divorced when he was nine and his mom is a judge in New York. His brother, Gordy Hoffman, wrote the screenplay for the 2002 movie “Love Liza” that Hoffman appeared in.
At age 22, Hoffman stopped drinking alcohol and became sober because he said he was afraid for his life. His favorite film was “Goodfellas” and he was a big New York Jets fan.
In 1999, he met his girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, on the set of the play “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” where she was a costume designer. The couple had three kids together: Cooper, Tallulah and Willa.
Hoffman was involved in theatre in high school and then went on to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His college roommates were the lead singer and guitarist of the band The Fenwicks. He graduated in 1989 with a B.F.A degree in Drama. He went on to perform between stage and film and was a director as well.
Hoffman has been in several films with a variety of different roles. A few of his films include “The Hunger Games”, “Along Came Polly”, “Love Liza”, “My New Gun”, “Moneyball” and many more. His idols include Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis and Christopher Walken.
Although he has a long list of acting and directing experience, he is best known for his role in the 2005 film “Capote”, where he starred as Truman Capote. He received an Oscar for his work in the film, as well as 23 other awards for his role. His performance ranked number 35 in Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
During his acceptance speech for the Oscar, he asked everyone to congratulate his mom for raising four kids alone because he said she deserved it. The longest Hoffman had gone without an Oscar nomination was four years.
Hoffman was once recognized as being one of the most successful actors under the age of 40. He is being remembered as a great performer, actor, director and friend to many. Fans and stars are very sad to hear about the sudden loss and many will hold great memories of Hoffman. His last film was “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”, which will be released in 2015.