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Academy Award Winner and Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46

Academy Award Winner and Three-Time Tony Award Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hoffman successfully balanced a career on stage and screen.

Academy Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. According to The New York Times, the cause of death was an apparent drug overdose. He was 46 years old.

Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance that earned him his third Tony Award nomination. In fact, he earned Tony nominations for all of his Broadway performances, also honored for True West in 2000 and Long Day's Journey Into Night in 2003. Off-Broadway, he was known for his work as a member of LAByrinth Theater Company, directing the company's productions of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street and last year's A Family for All Occasions. He was also seen onstage as Konstantin in The Seagull at the Delacorte Theatre and Iago in Othello.

After 15 years of film work in flashy featured parts, Hoffman won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for playing Truman Capote in the bio-film Capote. He received subsequent nominations for Charlie Wilson's War (2008), Doubt (2009) and The Master (2013). In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, a screen adaptation of the play he starred in off-Broadway in 2007. Other notable films include Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Patch Adams, Flawless, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, State and Main, Almost Famous, Punch-Drunk Love, Cold Mountain, Mission: Impossible III, The Saves, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Synecdoche, New York, Moneyball and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was reportedly filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay at the time of his death.

Hoffman has discussed his struggles with drugs and alcohol in the past. After a stint in rehab following his college years at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Hoffman remained clean for 23 years until he checked himself into a detox facility in 2013, admitting to problems with prescription pills and heroin

Hoffman is survived by three children, a son and two daughters, that he had with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, his longtime partner.

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