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“The Greatest Actor Of His Generation”: Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)
February 2, 2014
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Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Hoffman, who was found in the bathroom of his apartment, leaves behind his partner Mimi O'Donnell as well as a son and two daughters. 

In May 2013 Hoffman completed a stay in rehab to overcome heroin addiction.

Hoffman had numerous influential film roles throughout his career. In 2005, he won the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote. In 2000's Almost Famous he played rock writer Lester Bangs and he had a memorable role as the uptight assistant Brandt in the cult-classic The Big Lebowski. Some of his other films included Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. Those last three also earned him Academy Award nominations.

He was also a noted theatre actor and director and was nominated for Tony Awards on three separate occasions: Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012) and Best Featured Actor in Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003).

Hoffman was interviewed by George in 2010 when he was promoting his film directing debut, Jack Goes Boating.

At the time, George asked Hoffman how he was adjusting to adulthood and growing older. Hoffman used that opportunity to talk about his family.

"I met a woman Mimi O'Donnell when I was 30," he said. "When we were 34 we had a child. And now we have three. And I'm 43. And I'm still wondering if I'm an adult... and it is an amazing thing. This desire to hold on to that youth because you see it going. And that's what's great about kids, I have to say. 

"Everything that became old and kind of morose, like holidays or birthdays or summertime, now it's all great again."

Hoffman then explained the emotion he felt for his children.

"It isn't easy to love something as much as you love a child," he said. "It's  like looking into the sun. It's intense."

Philip Seymour Hoffman on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:

Understandably, there has been an outpouring of tributes to Hoffman on social networks and in the media.

The Guardian collected tweets from the likes of Ricky Gervais, Jim Carrey, Elijah Wood and many more. "RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman" was also trending higher than "Super Bowl" on Twitter today.

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic called Hoffman "the greatest actor of his generation."

And the New York Times saluted him for his "scene-stealing support roles."

 

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