On Sunday, February 2nd, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City’s West Village; the actor was 46 years old. Most famous for his Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote in Capote, the troubled actor took the world of film by storm with his outstanding acting ability. The Untitled Magazine would like to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman by taking a look back through the life of one of the most influential actors of our time.
In 1991, Hoffman received his first role as an actor on the show Law & Order. Shortly thereafter it would seem that the roles came pouring in as he was appearing in TV shows and films up to three times a year. Come 1998, Hoffman would star in The Big Lebowski, one of the most famous movies in Hollywood. Despite the excitement of newfound fame, the actor was struggling with substance abuse issues behind closed doors and it wouldn’t be until 2006 that he would speak publicly about his struggles.
Hoffman managed to outshine his high-profile costars with his outstanding performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley, proving to casting directors and fans alike that this was just the beginning. In 2000, he was cast in Almost Famous, playing a rock journalist-slash-mentor for a young, aspiring writer in the 1970s. His amazing talent grew each year, eventually gaining recognition from the Academy when he was nominated and won an Oscar for his role in Capote in 2006. That same year, Hoffman sat down with “60 Minutes” and openly discussed his closeted substance abuse, admitting that his problems started shortly after he graduated from NYU. The actor shared that he checked himself into rehab at the young age of 22, but kept no secrets about his relapses.
In 2007, his very own struggles were also the struggles of his character in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Yet again, Hoffman proceeded to outshine his costars in his riveting role as a heroin addict who plots the robbery of his parents’ jewelry empire. Charlie Wilson’s War, also released in 2007, gained the actor a second Oscar nomination which would be followed by a third for his role in 2008’s Doubt.
One of his greatest films, which is very much under the radar, was The Boat that Rocked (known in the UK as Pirate Radio). Hoffman stars as a DJ for an illegal radio station that operates on a boat in the middle of the ocean during the 1960s. Several years later he would star in George Clooney’s The Ides of March, playing the campaign manager for a presidential hopeful who is in the middle of a career-ending scandal. In 2012, the actor was given a fourth Oscar nomination for The Master, in which he plays the charismatic leader of an organization similar to Scientology. More recently, Hoffman was starring in the box office phenomenon series The Hunger Games. Four movies will be released within the coming year all of which will include the actor.
Fans and costars have already expressed their utter shock and sadness about the loss of one of the most humble, respected actors in the industry, and all of us at The Untitled Magazine send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
– Jessica Natale for The Untitled Magazine