We are sad to report that Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at age 46. The WSJ report indicates the New York Police Department is investigating after Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning.
Hoffman was always a fascinating screen presence. In particular, the actor was Paul Thomas Anderson‘s greatest collaborator, from Hard Eight to Boogie Nights to Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love to, most recently, The Master. Hoffman recently took on a role in the Hunger Games series, which is currently filming the final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2. Hoffman was also set to star in the Showtime series Happyish.
Hoffman was nominated for four Oscars in the last decade for Capote, Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master. Watch his Capote Best Actor acceptance speech after the jump.
Apparently Hoffman’s work as Plutarch Heavensbee was almost completed on Mockingjay – Part I and he had seven days remaining to shoot on Mockingjay – Part 2. This tragedy will not affect the films’ scheduled release dates. Below are statements from Hoffman’s family and colleagues.
“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.”
The Lionsgate Family:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik, and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the cast and crew of the cast and crew of Mockingjay:
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Anton Corbijn, director of A Most Wanted Man:
“Hearing that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else i’d imagine. We spent some time together only 2 weeks ago and he seemed in a good place despite some issues he had to deal with. He was not only the most gifted actor i ever worked with (and judging by the legacy he leaves behind i am certain i share this with most if not all directors who were fortunate enough to work with him), he had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend. i am so terribly sad as i find it impossible to comprehend what happened today and to collect my thoughts properly. I have to think about Mimi and the children and i wish them much strength coping with the loss of this truly great man as a father and partner.”