I was saddened to hear just now during my trip to New Orleans that Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the distinguish, talented film and stage actor, has died of an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman starred in many fine films and plays, most recently acting as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, a role that would have continued into the two part Mockingjay movies.

Hoffman won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actor for Capote and was a three-time Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor for Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master. He was nominated for four Golden Globes for a supporting performance in those three movies, plus an additional Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical nod for The Savages.

Hoffman, 46, was also in The Big Lebowski, Moneyball, Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, The Ides of March, and the upcoming film God’s Pocket.

Hoffman was found dead inside his Greenwich Village apartment with a needle in his arm and heroin found inside the residence. Hoffman publicly admitted in 2006 that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse after graduating from NYU’s drama school, but reportedly got sober in rehab.
“It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all,” he told “60 Minutes” as the time, as reported by The New York Post.

Hoffman reportedly checked himself into rehab again last year for ten days after relapsing in 2012.

He was a fabulous actor who will be missed by the entertainment industry community and all movie fans.