Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who left his indelible mark upon cinema with by turns stellar, wrenching, wry, physical, or hilarious (or, in the best cases, all of the above) performances in such films as Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Happiness, Magnolia, 25th Hour, Capote, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Doubt, and The Master (among many, many others), is dead.  He was 46.

The actor was reportedly found, by screenwriter David Katz, in his West Village apartment in Manhattan on Sunday morning, according to a New York City law enforcement official.  Officials are currently investigating the cause of death.

Hoffman has been filming his role as Plutarch Heavensbee for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2.  No word yet on whether or not his performance was incomplete at the time of his death.

What is certain is that modern cinema lost one of its Greats today.

More on this as it develops…

What was your favorite PSH performance?

Source:  Wall Street Journal