Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for playing Truman Capote, has died at the age of 46, a law enforcement officer confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment in the West Village of an apparent drug overdose, according to CNN. At the scene of the actor's West Side apartment, crowds of people and camera crews formed a semicircle outside the building until police instructed them to go across the street.
Hoffman was nominated for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). He received Tony Award nominations for True West (2000), Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003) and, as Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman (2012).
Hoffman appeared as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and continued in the series with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, now in postproduction.
Showtime recently picked up his series Happyish (formerly Trending Down) in which Hoffman stars as 42-year-old whose new bosses are half his age.
Born on July 23, 1967, in Fairport, N.Y., outside Rochester, Hoffman made his screen debut in a 1991 episode of Law & Order.
He also has appeared in The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Jack Goes Boating (2010) and Moneyball (2011).
In Doubt, Hoffman was memorable as Father Brendan Flynn, a New York priest who may or may not have sexually abused an altar boy. He portrayed real-life CIA man Gust Avrakotos in Charlie Wilson's War opposite starring Tom Hanks. And in The Master, he plays Lancaster Dodd, the mesmerizing leader of a religious movement known as "The Cause" who messes with Joaquin Phoenix's mind.
In a September 2005 interview with NPR, Hoffman talked about preparing to play larger-than-life author Truman Capote.
"You know, you can do the research," he said. "You can read everything you need to read. You can talk to the people you can talk to, to illuminate things to you. You can get, you know, videotapes, audiotapes, all those things, and I had all those things at my disposal and I would have all those things and I'd be alone in a room and I would force myself to be alone in that room with those things for an hour or two every day."
During his Oscar-winning speech, an obviously overwhelmed Hoffman spoke lovingly about his mother, Marilyn O'Connor, and the influence she had on him.
"She's here tonight; I'd like you if you see her to congratulate her," he said. "She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves congratulations for that. … She took me to my first play and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA Final Four. Her passions became my passions. Be proud, mom, because I'm proud of you. We're here tonight. It's so good."
This is a very devastating news. Our hearts are broken here at TheHungerGamers.net. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Philip's loved ones as well as to The Hunger Games family. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent with us, Philip. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.