The Wall Street Journal has confirmed some devastating news: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment this afternoon, confirmed by New York police. At the time of publishing, there was no confirmed cause of death. Some sources state it appeared to be an overdose—again, this hasn’t been confirmed. Hoffman was 46.
Hoffman’s contributions to the acting community can’t be overstated. The Oscar-winning actor was a mainstay throughout Paul Thomas Anderson’s catalog, where he gave one of his best performances in 2012’s The Master. Hoffman won an academy award for best actor in 2005 for his lead role in Capote. His memorable roles ranged from the hilariously proper Brandt in The Big Lebowski to Boogie Night’s goofy Scotty J. to the stone-faced religious leader Lancaster Dodd in The Master. Outside of film, Hoffman was a three-time Tony winner for his roles in productions like True West and Death of a Salesman.
Hoffman was on the cover of the Feb. 2005 of Paste. We talked to Hoffman briefly at Sundance, reminiscing about the actor’s mom purchasing a box of the magazines for her Oscar party, the year he won for Capote. Hoffman said, “Yeah, that’s my mom.”
In 2013, Hoffman entered a very public rehab stint, reportedly for heroin use, when he was released in July of that year. We will update as we learn more.
Hoffman’s family released the following statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Here is Hoffman’s memborable acceptance speech from the Oscars.