Academy Award-winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has passed away at the age of 46, due to an apparent drug overdose at his home.
Hoffman is likely best known to sci-fi fans for the role of game designer Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and was set to reprise his role in the next two sequels, Mockingjay Parts 1-2.
The actor has also had memorable roles in Mission Impossible III, Moneyball and The Ides of March, was nominated for a slew of awards for his starring turn in Capote, and was very active in theater. He was a legit, awesome talent, and his passing is a tragic, tragic loss.
Though he didn't have many sci-fi roles under his belt, Hoffman was just breaking into the genre with his Hunger Games role, and it's a shame we won’t get to see what he might’ve cooked up in the years ahead.
Though we’re still a year away from seeing the next Hunger Games sequel, Hoffman had already finished work on Mockingjay Part 1, and was seven days away from finishing Part 2. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively, should not be affected.
As word of his passing spread, actors and filmmakers around the globe offered their condolences:
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a pure artist. I was truly sadden to hear of his passing. He had the eyes of a child.— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 3, 2014
RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. So sad. Such a great talent.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 2, 2014
heartbroken and shocked. what a true loss. rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) February 2, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a true master of his art. Thank you for what you gave us. Rest in peace.— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) February 2, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman was such a great gift to the world. I am silenced to tears.— Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) February 2, 2014
R.I.P., and thanks for the good times. At least we still have a few more Hunger Games flicks left in the offing to see the legend in action.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)