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Catching Fire Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

'Catching Fire' Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor - Wikipedia

Born: July 23, 1967, Fairport, New York, United States
Died: February 2, 2014, Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Height: 1.77 m
Partner: Mimi O'Donnell (1999–)
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, more

He was found dead on Sunday evening due to an drug overdose. Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, a law enforcement official said. He was long known for drug addictions.

The discovery on Sunday stunned Mr. Hoffman’s neighbors and fans. More than 100 people gathered outside the building on Bethune Street to mourn the actor’s death. In the crowd, two men who said they were friends of Mr. Hoffman embraced and cried.

In supporting roles, he was nominated three times for Academy Awards — as a priest under suspicion of sexual predation in “Doubt” (2008); as a C.I.A. agent especially eloquent in high dudgeon in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007); and as a charismatic cult leader in “The Master” (2012). - New York Times

But he won in the best actor category for “Capote” (2005). As the eccentrically sociable, brilliantly probing and unflappably gay author of “In Cold Blood,“ Mr. Hoffman flawlessly affected the real-life Truman Capote’s distinctly nasal, high-pitched voice and the naturally fey drama of his presence. Writing in The Times, A. O. Scott described the film as being about a writer’s relationship with his work. - New York Times

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