Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

in memoriam

Celebrities mourn the tragic and untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Feb 3, 2014 | 11:28 AM

Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, considered by many to be one of the greatest screen and stage actors of his generation, was found dead yesterday of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46 years old.

Mr. Hoffman gained critical recognition from his breakout role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” (1997). He went on to star in high-profile films like “The Big Lebowski” (1998), “Magnolia” (1999), and “Almost Famous” (2000).

Years later, he received the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as author Truman Capote in “Capote” (2005). He was also nominated for a Tony Award three times for his roles in “True West,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” and “Death of a Salesman.”

Younger audiences will remember him for his role as rebel gamemaker Plutach Heavensbee in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. His work with parts 1 and 2 of “Mockingjay” was nearly complete and his absence will reportedly not affect the scheduled release of the two films in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Although remarkably talented, Hoffman was not afraid to admit that he battled long-term addiction, publicly acknowledging that he had gone into treatment for substance abuse. In an interview with “60 Minutes” in 2006, he said that as a young adult he went after “anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all.”

In response to his tragic death, his family released a statement through his manager, stating: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone."

Indeed, celebrities took to social media yesterday to mourn the loss of their friend, colleague, and idol. Take a look at some of their heartfelt tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman below.

Hoffman is survived by his children Tallulah, 7; Willa, 5; and Cooper, 10, and his longtime partner, Mimi O'Donnell.

“Rest in Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman...a huge loss for everyone.” – Dylan McDermott

“What a horrible shock to hear Phillip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. I hold his family in my heart and send my sincerest condolences.” – Paula Abdul

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a true master of his art. Thank you for what you gave us. Rest in peace.” – Luke Evans

“What a sad day. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.” – Noel Fischer

“RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. An immense talent and a lovely man. I was honored to have interviewed him. ‘Attention must be paid.’” – Faith Salie

“RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman” – Spike Lee

“Shocking to read about the death of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Another talent taken too soon.” – Marlee Matlin

“This is so sad & a huge loss for Hollywood. My prayers go out to his family & friends. May he rest in peace...RT @UncleRUSH: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors we have ever known…” – Shannon Elizabeth

“Words cannot express what I am feeling right now. When a great actor passes, I am usually left nostalgic. But this is too much. Philip Seymour Hoffman was more than a great actor; he was a revelation in our craft. This was a man who came up through the ranks bearing the difficult moniker "character actor" and eventually became a true leading man. His heart resonated on stage and in film. I count myself fortunate to have met him, if only briefly. But there are NY artists who are in a much deeper state of grief than myself today. My heart goes out to them as it does to Mister Hoffman's entire family.” – Anson Mount

“Sad to hear about Philip Seymour Hoffman. RIP. One of the all time great actors. You'll be remembered.” – Nick Groff

“RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman - truly one of the greatest screen actors ever. Incredibly sad.” – James Gunn

“Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Man. Prayers for his family and friends.” – Nolan Gerard Funk

“RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman, a man whose grace, talent and courage was unmatched. Hopefully you knew how many of us you changed w/ your work.” – Tyler James Williams

“Daaaannggg. What a shock. My heart goes out to Philip Seymour Hoffman's family and loved ones. He will be missed!” – Mollee Gray

“# Philip Seymour your support , your care .I will always have you in my heart. Thank you for all you gave us” – Patricia Velasquez

So increadibly sad to hear one of my favorite actors has passed. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 2, 2014

 

Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{

Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 2, 2014

Rest in peace, Phil.

 

 

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