Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014

Variety, CNN, and The New York Times are reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment this morning from what appears to be a drug overdose.

Hoffman had a habit of throwing himself into surprising and challenging roles throughout his bright career. Ambitious moves in that arena are what garnered him award nominations and a Best Actor win at the Oscars for Capote in 2005. He leaves behind his partner of fifteen years and three children. He was 46 years old.

Though Hoffman was more frequently engaged in the dramatic spectrum of film, from Doubt to Charlie Wilson’s War to his breakout role in Boogie Nights, he had memorable genre roles as well. Some favorites that come to mind are the deplorable tabloid sleaze Freddie Lounds in Red Dragon, lovable Dusty in Twister, and most recently as Plutarch Heavensbee in the second Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire.

Hoffman was in the process of filming his role in the upcoming Mockingjay films; there has been no word on whether his role will have to be recast, or perhaps even written out entirely following his death.

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