Celebrating an icon: Philip Seymour Hoffman would have turned 48 today

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Great Career Tragically Cut Short

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born on July 23, 1967, in Fairport, New York. Hoffman was a polarizing actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles, Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46.

Biography.com notes that at first, Hoffman was more interested in athletics than acting. But he turned to theater after he was sidelined by a wrestling injury in his teens. At the age of 17, Hoffman was accepted into the New York State Summer School of the Arts. He continued to study acting at New York University.

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Celebrating an icon: Philip Seymour Hoffman would have turned 48 today
Mimi O'Donnell, estranged partner of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, comforts two of their children, daughter Willa, and son Cooper as his casket arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: The casket carrying actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an alleged drug overdose on February 1, 2014, arrives at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, for Hoffman's funeral service on February 7, 2014 in New York City. Hoffman was allegedly found dead in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Actress Amy Adams arrives to attend late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in New York, February 7, 2014. Friends and relatives of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman gathered in New York for his private funeral Friday, five days after he was found dead of a suspected overdose. The mass was closed to the public and press at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue, which also held the 1994 funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the wife of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Louis C.K. attends the funeral service for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an alleged drug overdose on February 1, 2014 at St. Ignatius Of Loyola on February 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Michelle Williams attends the funeral service for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an alleged drug overdose on February 1, 2014 at St. Ignatius Of Loyola on February 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/Getty Images)
Writer David Bar Katz is embraced as he arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the private funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Director Mike Nichols, left, and Diane Sawyer arrive for the funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Actress Cate Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton arrive at the the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the private funeral of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his Greenwich Village apartment. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Spike Lee attends the funeral service for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at St. Ignatius Of Loyola on February 7, 2014 in New York City. Hoffman died of an alleged drug overdose on February 1, 2014. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, site of the funeral service for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an alleged drug overdose on February 1, 2014, is seen before the funeral service on February 7, 2014 in New York City. Hoffman was allegedly found dead in his bathroom with a needle in his arm. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A couple adds to the flowers placed outside the apartment building of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Autopsy results are expected soon in the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman but police say it may take longer to determine if the heroin found in his apartment contains additives designed intensify the high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams and her fiancé Darren Le Gallo arrive at a wake for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in New York. Hoffman died Sunday of a suspected drug overdose in his New York apartment. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Director Bennett Miller arrives at a wake for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan's Upper East Side Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in New York. Miller directed "Capote" and "Moneyball," two films starring Hoffman. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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In his personal life, Philip Seymour Hoffman struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2013, he checked into a drug rehabilitation programs. Hoffman was found dead on February 2, 2014, at an apartment that he was renting in New York City's Greenwich Village. He was survived by longtime partner, costume designer Mimi O'Donnell, with whom he had three children — son Cooper and daughters Tallulah and Willa.

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Shocked to hear of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s death. If you missed him as Willy Loman, you missed a Willy Loman for all time.
Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant, talented man. The news this morning is shocking and sad. My heart goes out to his loved ones.
This is an awful day. Rest In Peace Philip Seymour Hoffman
We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.
Philip Seymour Hoffman. Unbearably, shockingly, deeply sad. Words fail to describe his life and our loss.
Dear Philip, a beautiful beautiful soul. For the most sensitive among us the noise can be too much. Bless your heart. ;^{
Wow. Sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: http://t.co/c3U39CKgpi
Saddened by Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic and untimely passing. Today New York mourns the loss of one of stage and screen's greats.
Sad sad news about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Addiction blows.
Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. We who marveled at each of your performances, are grateful and very very sad. http://t.co/XcbJG6CAUY
Beautiful beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH.
I see that it's not a hoax PSH is dead😪condolences to his family... .Damn
Philip Seymour Hoffman was such a great gift to the world. I am silenced to tears.
Shocked, saddened by news of the brilliant PSH. His singing of 'I'm Gonna Get You On a Slow Boat to China' in The Master was perfection.
"Sometimes I absolutely hate this job." -- The Grim Reaper, when Philip Seymour Hoffman's name showed up on his list.
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