Troubled Last Months Of tragic Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He was an actor’s actor, and his impact on that profession was obvious from the many who grieved over reports of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones,” wrote talk show host Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter.
“Oh what terrible news. What a talent. What a shame. #RIP,” wrote “The Following” star Kevin Bacon.
“Up in the Air” and “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick wrote “Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad. Words fail to describe his life and our loss.”
Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar award for the 2005 film “Capote,” was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday by a friend, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. He was 46.
“Beautiful beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH,” wrote writer-director-actress Lena Dunham.
The actor previously underwent drug treatment, and spoke recently about falling off the wagon after 23 years of sobriety.
He certainly hadn’t slowed down the pace of his work. Last month, Showtime announced Hoffman recently signed on to star in “Happyish,” a series about a man confronting a mid-life crisis, and he had a crucial supporting role in “The Hunger Games” movie franchise, which he reportedly was nearly finished filming.
The actor, who earned his fourth Oscar nomination for “The Master” in 2013, also left behind at least two completed films — “God’s Pocket,” in which he starred with John Turturro, and “A Most Wanted Man,” with Robin Wright and Rachel McAdams. Both films are set to be released this year.
Not that Hoffman ever planned on being a movie star when he was young.
“When I started out, I didn’t even see myself doing movies. I was just going to do theater,” he told The Detroit News in a 2008 interview. “The amount of film work I’ve done was never on my radar. I thought other people did that stuff.”