February the 2nd marks a sad day for us all, at just 46 years, actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment from a suspected drug overdose.
On Sunday morning, a friend of Hoffman’s, who had visited his home after being concerned that Hoffman was unreachable, found him dead in his Greenwich Village apartment, with a hypodermic needle still in his arm.
At just 46 years of age, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was pronounced dead with a suspected overdose of heroin.
Hundreds of people gathered outside his apartment after the news was released, mourning the loss of a great man, a member of the community, a father often seen in local coffee shops with his children.
The news came as a shock, just recently a hoax reported Hoffman’s death on Facebook which sparked a tirade of online activity with thousands of people expressing their condolences, and over 1 million ‘Likes’ on a ‘RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman’ Facebook page, only this time his passing is real.
Just last year, Hoffman said that after 23 years of sobriety he had “fallen off the wagon” and once again succumbed to substance abuse, developing a heroin problem which lead to a brief stint in Rehab in May. When Hoffman was 22, he became sober, saying, “I was 22 and I was panicked for my life.”
While we cannot help but feel sad about the great man this world has lost, we thought it fitting to remember and celebrate the mammoth success this versatile, passionate, and generous Academy Award-winning personality has made to film and theatre, wooing all manners of audience with charismatic, convincing, and earth shattering performances.
Born in Fairpoint, New York, 1967, at just 12 years of age, a young Hoffman sat spellbound in the audience of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and from that point was determined to get into theatre, studying the art as a teenager at New York State Summer School of the Arts, and the Circle in the Square Theatre, and later going on to major in Acting at TISCH.
With adaptability, and huge discipline, Hoffman could take on any role, no matter the size or character, theatre or film. His broadway roles such as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Jamie in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and both leads in True West were all Tony nominated, and his role as Willy Loman in 2012 was described as “heartbreaking” by AP theatre critic, Mark Kennedy.
“Hoffman is only 44, but he nevertheless sags in his brokenness like a man closer to retirement age, lugging about his sample cases filled with his self-denial and disillusionment,” said Kennedy. “His fraying connection to reality is pronounced in this production, with Hoffman quick to anger and a hard edge emerging from his babbling.”
Hoffman was well known for his comedic, eccentric roles in films such as The Big Lebowski, Along Came Polly, Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked, a personal favorite of mine), and Almost Famous. Just last month, two films he starred in premiered at Sundance, including A Most Wanted Man, a new thriller directed by Anton Corbijn, and God’s Pocket, the directional debut of John Slattery.
More recently, Hoffman was reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the part-two sequel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, which is still in production. He was also announced to star in Happyish, a new comedy series about a middle-aged man’s pursuit of happiness by Showtime.
Throughout his career, Hoffman was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor after his role in The Master, nominated for his 2009 performance in Doubt, and Best Supporting Actor nomination for Charlie Wilson’s War.
His portrayal of writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s 2005, Capote, earned him a spot in one of only seven actors to have won the Academy Award, B.A.F.T.A. Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and S.A.G. Award for the same performance, and when he accepted his award, asked everyone to congratulate his mother, because “She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that.”
I think we can all agree that without Philip Seymour Hoffman here there is now a void that is un-fillable, and he will be sorely missed.