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By Greg Goodsell

2/2/2014 (9 months ago)

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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."

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By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/2/2014 (9 months 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.

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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.

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