Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote
Sony Pictures Classics
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday
, from an apparent heroin overdose. As more details emerge, we're taking a look back at some of Hoffman's most iconic roles. The first half of his career was marked by intense supporting parts in films like Boogie Nights
and Almost Famous
, but his searing turn as Truman Capote in Capote
set to rest any notions that he couldn't carry a film. Here's a look back at the characters that defined Hoffman's career.
2000: Lester Bangs, Almost Famous
Grantland music writer Steven Hyden Tweeted on Sunday
, "It goes without saying that for a generation of rock critics that Philip Seymour Hoffman was the Lester Bangs we see our heads."
2005: Truman Capote, Capote
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote.
2007: Gust Avrakotos, Charlie Wilson's War
Hoffman's aviator-shaded turn as affable CIA agent Gust Avrakotos earned him an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor as well. (Warning: A few R-rated phrases.)
2007: Jon Savage, The Savages
Hoffman displayed an easygoing chemistry with costar Laura Linney in this film about two siblings caring for their aging father.
2008: Caden Cotard, Synecdoche, New York
Hoffman portrayed a playwright making a play about his life, which was fitting since Hoffman frequently turned up on the New York theater circuit.
2008: Father Brendan Flynn, Doubt
Hoffman went toe-to-toe with Meryl Streep as a conflicted Boston priest.
2011: Art Howe, Moneyball
Hoffman portrayed Oakland A's manager Art Howe in Moneyball
, and while Howe wasn't thrilled
with how his character was portrayed in the film, seemingly no one found any fault with Hoffman's performance.
2012: Lancaster Dodd, The Master
Hoffman was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as guru/leader Lancaster Dodd.
2013: Plutarch Heavensbee, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Hoffman's death will no doubt impact the Hunger Games
trilogy, given the importance of his character to the series.
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