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’.
You can read more of The Spectator’s film reviews here.