Hollywood loses versatile Oscar
He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world greatest actors.
There were no dissenters about the gifts and achievements of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death Sunday in New York brought a stunning halt to his extraordinary and unpredictable career.
that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else I imagine, says Anton Corbijn, director of Most Wanted Man, one of two films (the other being God Pocket starring Hoffman that premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.
He was not only the most gifted actor I ever worked with, Corbijn added, had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend. peers, family members and his countless fans were in grief after Hoffman was found in his Greenwich Village apartment with wha michael kors t law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm.
The two officials told The Associated Press that glassine envelopes containing what was believed to be heroin were also found with Hoffman. Those items are being tested.
Police will only say the investigation is continuing. An autopsy is planned for Monday, according to medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer.
Besides his Oscar win for the stage trained Hoffman received four Academy Awards nominations and several nominations for theatre awards, including three Tonys. He was equally acclaimed and productive, often appearing in at least two to three films a year, while managing an active life in the theatre. He had been thriving for more than 20 years and no one doubted that a long, compelling run awaited him.
Like Laurence Olivier or Meryl Streep, his appeal was not bound by age or appearance or personality. He was not an actor whom audiences turned to for youth and romance. Heavy set with a lumpy build and limp, receding blond hair, he was a character actor with the power to play the lead, in movies that screened in both art houses and multiplexes.
words for this. He was too great and we too shattered, said Mike Nichols, who directed Hoffman in Wilson War and on stage in of a Salesman. spoke candidly over the years about past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, he admitted in interviews last year to falling off the wagon and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint in rehab.
The law enforcement officials said Hoffman body was discovered in a bathroom at his Greenwich Village apartment by a friend who made the 911 call and his assistant.
Late Sunday, crime scene technicians carrying brown paper bags went in and out of Hoffman building as officers held back a growing crowd of onlookers.
Hoffman family called the news and sudden. are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone, the family said in a statement.
With a range and discipline more common among British performers than Americans, Hoffman was convincing whether comic or dramatic, loathsome or sympathetic, powerless or diabolical.
In one of his earliest movie roles, he played a spoiled prep school student in of a Woman in 1992. A breakthrough came for him as a gay member of a porno film crew in Nights, one of several movies directed by Paul Thomas Anderson that Hoffman would eventually appear in. He played comic, off kilter characters in Came Polly and Big Lebowski. He bantered unforgettably with Laura Linney as squabbling siblings in Savages. He was grumpy and idealistic as rock critic Lester Bangs in Famous. He was grumpy and cynical as baseball manager Art Howe in Master, he was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as the charismatic, controlling leader of a religious movement. The film, partly inspired by the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, reunited the actor with Anderson.
He also received a 2009 supporting nomination for as a priest who comes under suspicion because of his michael kors relationship with a boy, and a best supporting actor nomination for Wilson War, as a CIA officer.
Many younger moviegoers know him as the scheming Plutarch Heavensbee in Hunger Games: Catching Fire and he was repr michael kors ising that role in the two part sequel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, for which his work was mostly completed. The films are scheduled for November 2014 and November 2015 releases.
Just weeks ago, Showtime announced Hoffman would star in a new comedy series about a middle aged man pursuit of happiness. He soon became interested in acting, mesmerized at 12 by a local production of Arthur Miller My Sons. He studied theatre as a teenager with the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theatre. He then majored in drama at New York University.
In his Oscar acceptance speech for he thanked his mother for raising him and his three siblings alone, and for taking him to his first play. Hoffman parents divorced when he was 9.
On Broadway, he took on some of the stage most ambitious parts Will michael kors y Loman in of a Salesman, Jamie in Day Journey Into Night and both leads in West. All three performances were Tony nominated.
Last year, Hoffman crossed to the other side of the footlights to direct Bob Glaudini Family for All Occasions for the Labyrinth Theatre Company, where he formerly served as co artistic director. Hoffman has also directed Hopped the A Train and Lady of 121st Street for the company and received Drama Desk Award nominations for both productions.