Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies Of Drug Overdose At 46

The Master has been taken from us.

Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his West Village apartment, a New York City law-enforcemet official has revealed. He was only 46-years-old. No official information has been released as to the cause of death as this time, only that the New York Police Department is investigating. The New York Post have heard from law enforcement sources that a drug overdose is to blame, whilst a Wall Street Journal reporter, who first broke the story a little while ago, claim that the actor was found in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. A true master of the craft has been lost. In fact the word "Master" completely fits Hoffman, whose last great screen performance, perhaps the best of his career, was in a movie titled The Master as charismatic religious preacher Lancaster Dodd. His solitary Academy Award didn't come from that movie but actually one released almost ten years ago, in 2005, for playing the eccentric Truman Capote in Capote. Of course he had been an intimidating, fascinating and memorable screen presence in movies before then, particularly in Paul Anderson's pre-The Master movies Boogie Nights and Magnolia, but also in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. However, starting with Capote, Hoffman quickly became a household name and went on a run of unforgettably strong screen performances in Mission: Impossible 3, Doubt (my personal favourite performance of his), The Savages, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Charlie Wilson's War, Synecdoche New York, The Ides Of March, Moneyball and The Master - that cemented him as one of the very best of his generation. He will be sorely missed by film lovers everywhere. Expect many more Hoffman tributes to pour in from authors over the coming week but in the mean time, click "next" below to read a post we published a year ago titled 10 Awesome Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.