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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46 – NYTimes.com

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46 – NYTimes.com

Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village. He was 46.

The death, apparently from a drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend, David Bar Katz, who became concerned after being unable to reach him.

Truly sad news. His portrayal of Truman Capote in the film Capote was brilliant, as were most of his other film appearances. I wish I had been able to see him live in Miller’s Death of a Salesman.