On Sunday, February 2, major media outlets reported the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, a native of Fairport who had gone on to great success as an actor on both stage and screen. Although the official cause of death has yet to be announced, there are multiple reports of drug paraphernalia found at the scene of his Manhattan apartment. Hoffman was 46 years old.
Hoffman started his acting career in Rochester, appearing in plays at Fairport High School and Shipping Dock Theatre. After graduating from New York University he went on to critically acclaimed roles in films such as "Boogie Nights," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and "The Big Lebowski." Although he found success in film, he continued his commitment to live theater, including a much-lauded Broadway run as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" in 2012.
He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance of the title character in 2005's "Capote." Recently he was seen in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and had filmed "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," due in theaters later this year, and was working on a television series for Showtime.