Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Greg Goodsell

2/2/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Highly lauded performer on stage and screen admitted to falling off wagon with drugs

So many memorable roles - the slovenly obscene phone caller in "Happiness." The leader of a Scientology-like cult in "The Master." The crew member with questionable proclivities in "Boogie Nights." Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Questionably the finest actor of his generation, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment with a syringe of heroin in his arm. He was only 46.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and was to reprise that role in the two-part sequel, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.'

Phillip Seymour Hoffman portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and was to reprise that role in the two-part sequel, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay."

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/2/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, heroin overdose, actor, movies, Broadway


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Police found Hoffman's body at his West Village apartment Sunday morning. A friend had found his body in the apartment and called for help. A neighbor who had seen Hoffman the day before said he "looked gray, not good."

Hoffman, with his tubby build and limp blond hair, was as far away from a movie star as you could possibly get. He didn't have to look good to win roles - Hoffman was an actor.

Buy that special gift for that special someone by going right here --

Highly regarded in show business, Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in "Capote" in 2006. One of his earliest roles was a spoiled prep school student in "Scent of a Woman" in 1992. He won further attention with his role in "Boogie Nights, "Along Came Polly," "The Big Lebowski" and "Almost Famous."

He was also nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for best supporting actor in "The Master," for his role as the leader of a somewhat dubious religious movement.

He portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and was to reprise that role in the two-part sequel, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay."

Born in 1967, the New York native was interested in acting from an early age. He studied theater as a teenager with the New York State Summer School of the Arts and the Circle in the Square Theatre and then majored in drama at New York University.

Accepting his Oscar for "Capote," Hoffman thanked his mother for raising him and his three siblings alone. His parents had divorced when he was nine years old.

His talents graced Broadway as well, taking the roles of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," Jamie in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and both leads in "True West." All three performances were Tony nominated.

Hoffman had been upfront over his past struggles with drug addiction. After 23 years sober, he admitted to relapsing and developing a heroin problem that led to a stint at a rehabilitation facility.

It's suspected that Hoffman may have taken a more potent form of heroin that contains fentanyl, an opiate used to soothe the pain of cancer patients. The batch is being blamed for dozens of deaths across the country.

Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Celebrity

Gregory Walcott, male lead in world's worst film 'Plan 9 from Outer space' dies Watch

Image of Looking befuddled in a spaceship full of ladders and ancient radio equipment, lead actor Gregory Walcott foreshadows the world's reaction to

By Greg Goodsell

Actor Gregory Walcott had a long and successful motion picture career. He was inexorably linked in what is popularly considered the worst film ever made, "Plan 9 from Outer Space," directed Edward D. Wood Jr.'s confused opus about space aliens attempts to bring ... continue reading


Comedian Howie Mandel comes home - to find mansion underneath 4,000 rolls of toilet paper! Watch

Image of Roman Atwood of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

That's A LOT of toilet paper... manic comedian Howie Mandel, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was away in New York City, leaving his California mansion - vulnerable. Roman Atwood of "Deal or No Deal," pulled off an elaborate prank. With the ... continue reading


Check out these amazing FUN FACTS about St. Patrick and Ireland! Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

continue reading


'Iron Man's' Robert Downey Jr. gives little boy with missing arm his character's bionic arm Watch

Image of Presenting Alex with his very own bionic Iron Man arm, Robert Downey Jr. also posted a video in which he comments on the young man's bow tie and asks about his travels.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actor Robert Downey Jr. plays superhero Tony Stark, of the wildly successful "Iron Man" movie series. A little bit of his onscreen superhero must have rubbed off on Downey in real life. He recently gifted a seven-year-old boy, who was born with a partially ... continue reading


Actor Harrison Ford expected to recover completely after plane wreck Watch

Image of A man who was playing on the golf course at the time, Jeff Kuprycz, said Harrison Ford's plane

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A hero in real life as well as the movies, actor Harrison Ford is expected to recover after crash landing a World War II plane to safety on a California golf course. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Landing the plane on a fairway at a municipal course in the Los ... continue reading


Pop superstar makes terminally ill four-year-old's dream come true (VIDEO) Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

American superstar, Taylor Swift, surprised a four-year-old, terminally ill girl with a call via FaceTime earlier this month. Swift's chat with Jalene Salinas, that lasted about 20 minutes, gave Jalene a renewed strength to continue battling her terminal brain tumors. ... continue reading


Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of original 'Star Trek,' dies at 83 Watch

Image of Even if you weren't a

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Even if you weren't a "Trekker," one who obsessively follows the TV series "Star Trek" and all its permutations over the years, there was no escaping the character of Mr. Spock. A member of the Vulcan race, Leonard Nimoy played the gaunt-faced, pointy eared and ... continue reading


Cartoon voice artist, announcer of 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh In' Gary Owens dies at 80 Watch

Image of The role of a voiceover artist is typically an anonymous one. Such was not the case for radio disc jockey and talk show host Gary Owens. Suave and debonair, one hand covering his ear, Owens' rich baritone speaking voice made him a natural for repeating inane nonsense.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The role of a voiceover artist is typically an anonymous one. Such was not the case for radio disc jockey and talk show host Gary Owens. Suave and debonair, one hand covering his ear, Owens' rich baritone speaking voice made him a natural for repeating inane ... continue reading


'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81 Watch

Image of Rod McKuen read and sang his poetry in his distinctive hushed, throaty style he had honed after an early life as a rock singer cracked his natural tenor.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

His name raises ire among all so-called serious practitioners of "serious literature." Talk show host Dick Cavett once declared Rod McKuen as "the world's most understood poet." From his most famous poem, "Listen to the Warm:" "You have to make the good times ... continue reading


Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages Watch

Image of Edward Gorey was an eccentric American artist and author who left behind well over a hundred books by the time of his death in 2000.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

American illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, left behind an endearing legacy of "not quite right" storybooks enjoyed by children and adults. His stories were set in a gloomy netherworld that called to mind Victorian England, Edwardian ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 37:21-28
21 say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: I shall take the ... Read More

Psalm, Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12, 13
10 Listen, nations, to the word of Yahweh. On the ... Read More

Gospel, John 11:45-57
45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 28th, 2015 Image

St. Venturino of Bergamo
March 28: Dominican preacher and missionary crusader. A native of Bergamo, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter