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Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York

2 February 2014

8:27 PM

2 February 2014

8:27 PM

The Oscar-award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead,  aged just 46, in his New York apartment this evening. According to reports, he appears to have died from a drug overdose. Hoffman was known to have battled  substance abuse for several years.

Hoffman was popular with The Spectator’s critics. Last April Clarissa Tan wrote that Hoffman gave a ‘stellar turn’ as Robert Gelbart in A Late Quarter. As well as finding his directing debut Jack Goes Boating ‘sublime’, our film reviewer Deborah Ross was particularly impressed with Hoffman’s performance  in The Master — writing that Joaquin Phoenix and Hoffman gave ‘two of the most blistering performances you will see for an unspecified time period’:

‘Hoffman, meanwhile, is so impressively charismatic that whether he actually believes all the guff he comes out with — our spirits, apparently, go back trillions of years — doesn’t especially matter’


Reviewing Charlie Wilson’s War, Ross found Hoffman’s turn to be ‘entirely convincing as well as wonderfully hilarious’. Even in a negative review of The Boat That Rocked, she said Hoffman was part of a ‘stellar cast’.

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  • Hexhamgeezer

    If Mr Hoffman had lived near a Greggs, would he have found life more fulfilling and drugs less tempting?

    Sadly, both he and I will never know.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    I had a rather nice pasty today.

  • fathomwest

    He was a superb actor. But not once in all the hours wasted on the broadcast media on this waste of talent, was it mentioned by anyone that Hoffman indulged in criminal acts. There appears to be, here in the UK, an attempt to glorify the use of illegal drugs.

  • @PhilKean1

    A brilliant actor who could be effortlessly funny.

    He will be much missed. RIP

  • Curnonsky

    Obviously many in Hollywood knew he was a heroin addict, but so long as his pictures made money and won awards…

    • Iain Hill

      Ah, so that’s the reason for the excessive interest!

  • Ricky Strong

    Unlike most of the usual celebrity/drug/death news this genuinely is a tragic loss. Some seem to walk that fragile path that makes them so good at what they do yet hovers over their head and invariable takes their life. I don’t know the whole story but unlike many deaths I read of, this one saddens me.

    • Mynydd

      It’s a tragic loss only to his three children, me, I could not care less, what’s the big deal, after all he was only an actor.

      • Rocksy

        I’m wondering why all you who claim indifference read the article about a man you disdain to know or care about.

  • Daniel Maris

    I think probably the best movie actor of his generation. I thought his performance in The Master was one of the all time great performances on screen.

    • Rocksy

      An actor who could actually act. Almost every other actor just acts himself in every role. That’s why they make perfect fodder for impersonators.

      • Mynydd

        All actors act it’s their job.

        • Rocksy

          I said ‘COULD’ not ‘DID’ act. Learn to read and get some comprehension lessons.

    • Iain Hill

      Get real. Most people will wake up this morning and wonder who he was. I do not recall ever seeing him. Also, does his selfish decision to abandon his family merit such praise?

  • David Webb

    Why is this in the Telegraph? And who cares?

    • John Lea

      What a nice chap you are.

    • Mynydd

      I agree who cares. So he died from a drug overdose, so what, many die from substance abuse every day. The only difference is that he did it to himself in an apartment in New York, rather than under a bridge in London. What is so special about being actor, they are two a penny. This week there will be 100’s on the stage up and down the country, and 1000’s on TV and radio.

      • CiaranJGoggins

        Many of my close friends have died from Aids at least it was his choice to dabble in drugs.

  • London Calling

    RIP……….A great Actor and a sad loss…….:(

  • ButcombeMan

    Another one bites the dust.

    Meanwhile Obama fiddles while the US flushes itself down the drugs addled “John”. .

    He seems to be saying “Well it never did me any harm”.

    But Mr President, it does do harm.

    If you want to reduce the harm, you have to reduce the use. Not help it along.

    • painkills2

      Why, you’re just a cruel limey, aren’t you? Why are you so worried about the American president? And since you have no scientific or medical background, why do you think your opinion on drugs has any standing whatsoever?