We Lost a Great Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead

The 46-year-old actor was found dead from an apparent drug overdose by his screenwriter friend around 11am Sunday morning, police said. He was found with a needle stuck in his arm filled with heroin, sources told FOX411.

Cops are looking for surveillance footage of the two men believed to be drug dealers whom Hoffman met the night before his death. There are cameras above the ATM, sources said, but video had not yet been obtained as of late Sunday night.

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Hoffman’s Acting Career

Hoffman established a successful and respected film career playing diverse and idiosyncratic characters in supporting roles, working with a wide variety of noted directors, including Todd Solondz, the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Cameron Crowe, David Mamet, Robert Benton, Anthony Minghella and Paul Thomas Anderson; notably, he appeared in five out of six of Anderson’s feature films to date (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master). He appeared in The Party’s Over, a documentary about the 2000 US elections.

Throughout his career he had rarely been given a chance to play the lead role. In 2002, however, Hoffman starred as a widower coping with his wife’s suicide in Love Liza, for which his brother, Gordy Hoffman, wrote the screenplay. In 2003, he played the lead role in Owning Mahowny as a bank employee who embezzles money to feed his gambling addiction. Hoffman continued to play supporting roles in such films as Cold Mountain, as a carnally obsessed preacher, Along Came Polly, as Ben Stiller’s crude, has-been actor buddy, and Mission: Impossible III, as villainous arms dealer Owen Davian. Hoffman received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, but lost to cast-mate and personal idol Paul Newman.

Academy Award Winner

One of Hoffman’s earliest roles was as a police deputy who gets punched in the face by Newman in 1994’s Nobody’s Fool. He received a second Emmy Award nomination for the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program in his vocal work on Arthur. In 2005, Hoffman received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. His performance received numerous accolades and awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In addition, he was awarded Best Actor by at least ten film critic associations, including the National Board of Review, Toronto Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics.

Dedication to His Craft

Hoffman stood 5’10” tall. The New York Times described Hoffman as a stocky, often sleepy-looking man with blond, generally uncombed hair who favored the rumpled clothes more associated with an out-of-work actor than a star. Hoffman “frequently dyed his hair and lost or gained weight for parts” and “was known for a sometimes painful dedication to his craft.”

Hoffman Sober for 20 Years

In a 2006 interview with 60 Minutes, Hoffman revealed that he had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse after graduating from college, and went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, recovering at age 22. He said he had abused “anything I could get my hands on. I liked it all. Hoffman relapsed over 20 years later, checking into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days in May 2013 because of problems with prescription pills and heroin.

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