Authorities in New York has announced that actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at the age of 46. He was found in his Manhattan apartment this morning, February 2, and the cause of death is still being investigated.
Seymour Hoffman was an accomplished film and theatre actor and director who was nominated for three Tony Awards, three Academy Awards, eight Screen Actor Guild awards and three BAFTA awards.
The actor won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the 2005 movie Capote playing the eponymous Truman Capote, however in recent years he has been best known for his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a role he was due to reprise for the final movies in the series. The star was not afraid of tackling hard and controversial roles as his performance in the 2008 movie Doubt where he played a priest accusing of sexual abuse.
As well as his extensive film roles in movies such A Scent of a Woman, Patch Adams, Cold Mountain, Mission: Impossible III and most recently The Master, he was a highly successful stage actor and director. His last Broadway role was in 2012 as Willy Lomas in the seminal Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman and the role gained him his third Tony Nomination.
Seymour Hoffman is survived by his partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell with whom he had three children.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time, and he will be sadly missed.