Breaking: Oscar-winning American actor is found dead

Philip Seymour Hoffman is no more. He was 46 years old. Police are investigating the cause of death, at his apartment in New York. A drugs overdose is suspected.

His films included Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley(1999), Almost Famous (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Cold Mountain (2003). In 2005, he won an Oscar for the title role in Capote. Other recent films included Owning Mahowny (2003), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Moneyball(2011) and The Ides of March (2011).

Among musicians he will be long remembered for A Late Quartet (2012)in which he gave a flawless, nuanced performance as a violinist insecure in his string quartet and in his marriage.


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    • This is being grossly over played in ALL the media, especially the B.B.C. which gave 20 minutes to this and could not find anything else to fill the principal story slot on television. Now that is really sad!!

  • What a tragedy. I had read just a few weeks ago that he had been back in reahb stuggling with a recurrent drug problem. I had a weird feeling then that it wasn’t going to end well

  • I strongly recommend his film A Late Quartet from 2012. Cast as the 2nd violin of a string quartet. Beethoven Op 131 features heavily, and the Brentano Quartet.

  • It’s very sad – he was an extremely fine actor. I’m surprised on a classical music blog that you’ve missed out his excellent performance in A Late Quartet.

  • What a tragedy. He was one of the most insightful and artful of American actors- someone whose characterizations had depth and nuance, and who understood the larger picture of the

    work in which he was engaged. As with that of the finest musicians, aspiring actors could look to his interpretative work as a real clinic.

  • Not mentioned above is the obvious classical music link: his role as a second violinist in the film “A Late Quartet.”

  • Let us not forget his brilliant performance in a film that especially concerns us music lovers: “A Late Quartet”. An actor of genius. Very sad news indeed. He had so much more to give.

  • And, since this is primarily a music site, many readers will remember Philip Seymour Hoffman’s fine performance in “A late quartet” (2012), where he plays the part of the frustrated second violinist in a string quartet.

  • Easy to say ‘just say no, kids…”, and maybe for many not so hard to do, but for some, including the most brilliant and most troubled or possessed, it may be difficult, if not almost impossible. Now ask yourself, is it better to criminalize drug use or make it available in a controlled medical environment? For years, I looked at the harm such use did to the body and mind, and agreed, but criminalization practically guarantees drug misuse and overdosing, and death due to contaminated drugs. It also funds a multibillion dollar criminal enterprise that not only feeds organized crime but is also mother’s milk for the Deep State, al Qaeda, CIA and other international criminal organizations and activities. And when years ago, the problem of heroin use was supposedly solved with methadone we learned that methadone did more to destroy the body than heroin. So, maybe it is time to reevaluate our social policies in this area.

  • Shame- great actor and very musical apparently.

    The drug overdose is terrible but the underlying cause was Bipolar Disorder. Lets hope that some good may come from Hoffman’s tragic death in drawing attention to this devastating condition.

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