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  • 3 February 2014, 21:32

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies: Obituary

Philip Seymour Hoffmann was first recognised as the great actor he was to become in the 1990s, when he appeared in a series of films that were initially cult classics.

The film that established his early reputation was Boogie Nights, but his role as a filming assistant on the set of the 1970s porn films proved uncomfortable watching for many.

In doing so, he established a strong working relationship with the film's director Paul Thomas Anderson - one that was going to allow him in later years to cement himself as one of the most highly regarded actors of his generation.

Within a few years of that first high-profile role, he was working with the most highly acclaimed directors in the business - in parts that won him a host of awards and nominations.

Roles in Happiness, Flawless and Magnolia won him widespread plaudits from critics, academies and actors' guilds on both sides of the Atlantic.

But it was starring in the 2005 film Capote, a relatively low-key film based on the writing of In Cold Blood by author Truman Capote, that set him on the path to superstardom.

The film won him a best actor Oscar - and a legion of fans - for his portrayal of the title character.

Later in his career he went on to feature in independent films as well as starring alongside Hollywood A-listers such as Tom Cruise in the blockbuster Mission Impossible III.

More recently he appeared on the silver screen playing the part of Plutarch Heavensbee, the head games-maker in the dystopian Hunger Games franchise.

The 46-year-old was last seen in British cinemas performing in the second instalment of the saga, released at the end of last year.

Hoffman was due to reprise the role for the forthcoming concluding part of the trilogy.

But his beneath the glamour and success that came with his ever-rising profile, he dealt with his accomplishments by resorting to addiction.

Last year father-of-three Hoffman revealed he was seeking treatment for drug abuse, and he checked into rehab in May for heroin use.

He told celebrity news website TMZ he had been taking prescription drugs and, briefly, heroin before seeking help.

It came after more than two decades of being clean from drugs.

He admitted much later that soon after graduating from art school in New York, he had previously spent a stint in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

He said in a 2006 interview: "I went to rehab, I got sober when I was 22-years-old. You get panicked... and I got panicked for my life."

The actor leaves behind his long-standing partner and costume designer Mimi O'Donnell and their two daughters and son.

They met while working on the 1999 play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, which Hoffman directed.

They were often seen walking around their home in Greenwich Village where the actor chose to stay living in the city he had trained as an actor.

He made 58 feature or short films and appeared extensively in theatre productions in his home town and elsewhere.

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