Philip Seymour Hoffman is seen at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," at Nokia Theatre LA Live on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
The Academy Award-winning actor was found dead in his apartment in New York City on
Sunday, February 2, 2014, of an apparent drug overdose, according to the New York Police Department. He was 46.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan
Born in 1967 in Fairport, New York, Hoffman was interested in acting from an early age, mesmerized at 12 by a local production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." He studied theater as a teenager, then majored in drama at New York University.
In his Oscar acceptance speech for "Capote" (pictured left), he thanked his mother for raising him and his three siblings alone, and for taking him to his first play. Hoffman's parents divorced when he was 9.
Hoffman's first onscreen acting job was as a drug dealer defendant in "Law and Order." He played a prep school student in the Al Pacino film, "Scent of a Woman," and was in the cast of "Boogie Nights" (left), Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 drama about the pornographic film industry. It would be one of several Anderson films in which Hoffman starred.
"The Big Lebowski"Philip Seymour Hoffman played the personal assistant of Jeffrey Lebowski - not THAT Lebowski - opposite Jeff Bridges as The Dude, in the Coen Brothers comedy, "The Big Lebowski" (1998).
"Happiness"Philip Seymour Hoffman and Lara Flynn Boyle in "Happiness" (1998), from director Todd Solandz.
"Flawless"In "Flawless" (1999), Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a transsexual who helps his neighbor, a cop who suffered a stroke (Robert De De Niro), with vocal lessons.
"Magnolia"Philip Seymour Hoffman played a nurse in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" (1999).
"State & Main"In David Mamet's "State & Main" (2000), about a film shoot in a New England town, resident Rebecca Pidgeon plays a resident who offers inspiration to screenwriter Philip Seymour Hoffman trying to write his way out of an increasingly troubled production.
"Almost Famous"Philip Seymour Hoffman with Patrick Fugit in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" (2000).
"Red Dragon"Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel and Ed Norton starred in "Red Dragon" (2002), a prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," which explored the origins of Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter.
"The 25th Hour"Ed Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and director Spike Lee on the set of the drama "The 25th Hour" (2002).
"Along Came Polly"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ben Stiller in "Along Came Polly" (2004).
Some actors look like Hollywood stars no matter whom they play. Not Hoffman. "Yeah, I just try to look the way that the part is supposed to look," he told "Sunday Morning"'s Mo Rocca in 2012. "And I think most people don't look put together in normal life. For most people, their hair is a little uncomfortable. Unless they are people who have jobs and are in front of the camera, most people are kind of walking around looking like people."
In "Capote" (2005), Philip Seymour Hoffman stared as writer Truman Capote researching the notorious murders that would form the spine of his greatest success, the true-live crime novel, "In Cold Blood."
Hoffman told Mo Rocca that he resisted the role of Capote at first: "I'm very far away from him in so many ways. I'm like 5'10", and I weigh like 230. You know, I'm a big guy. And that was the least of it. It was really just, was I going to be able to understand and pull it off? I was just concerned about that.
"And then eventually I go, 'All right, let's just do it.' And then you kind of realize that your gut leads the way and you trust that. And that's what I did."
"Mission Impossible III"Philip Seymour Hoffman gets the drop on Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of whom is a black market kingpin, the other a secret agent, in "Mission Impossible III" (2006).
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as
siblings coping with a father suffering from dementia in "The
Savages" (2007) - and it was hard
to believe the two weren't related.
"There`s something about us that was like siblings, an immediate trust, quirkiness, and a similar sense of humor," Hoffman said. "It was as if we had experienced similar things growing up that formed us."
"Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Albert Finney in Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" (2007).
"Charlie Wilson's War"Philip Seymour Hoffman played Gust Avrakotos, a CIA agent who becomes instrumental in a plan by a U.S Congressman (Tom Hanks) to fund Afghan rebel fighters, in "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), from director Mike Nichols. Hoffmann received his second Academy Award nomination for his performance.
"Synecdoche, New York"In "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), written and directed by Charles Kauffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman played an author who embarks on a years-long theatre project that deconstructs events and people in his life. The film mixed dream states and theatricality with a hyper-realism that captured a tortured writer's soul.
"Doubt"Philip Seymour Hoffman with Amy Adams in "Doubt." Hoffman earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Catholic priest suspected of child abuse.
Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius Beauvier and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn in "Doubt" (2008), directed by playwright John Patrick Shanley.
"Max & Mary"For the stop-motion animated film "Max & Mary" (2009), Philip Seymour Hoffman voiced the character of Max, a rather morbidly obese and anxiety-prone New Yorker who strikes up a pen-pal relationship with an Australian girl.
"Jack Goes Boating"Philip Seymour Hoffman made his directing debut with the 2010 drama "Jack Goes Boating," co-starring Amy Ryan.
"The Ides of March"Philip Seymour Hoffman played the campaign manager of George Clooney's presidential candidate in the 2011 drama, "The Ides of March."
"Moneyball"Philip Seymour Hoffmann starred as A's manager Art Howe, who resists the front office's efforts to micro-manage the team's lineup card -- by numbers-crunchers, no less -- in the Oscar-nominated "Moneyball" (2011).
"Death of A Salesman"In this March 15, 2012 file photo, actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield appear at the curtain call for the opening night performance of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman" in New York.
"The Master"Philip Seymour Hoffman as a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (2012). He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
"The Master"Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."
"The Master"Philip Seymour Hoffman attends "The Master" premiere during the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on Sept. 1, 2012, in Venice, Italy. He and costar Joaquin Phoenix shared the festival's Best Actor prize.
"A Late Quartet"In the 2012 drama, "A Late Quartet," Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener are musicians whose ensemble is disrupted by Walken's illness.
New York CityPhilip Seymour Hoffman watches the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers play an NBA basketball game, Jan. 1, 2013, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, the head Gamemaker, with Donald Sutherland as President Snow, in the 2013 science fiction film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Hoffman was due to reprise that role in the two-part sequel, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," which was already in production.
Sundance Film Festival
Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, of the film "A Most Wanted Man," pose for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at the WireImage Portrait Studio at the Village At The Lift on January 19, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
In addition to "A Most Wanted Man," another film featuring Hoffman, "God's Pocket," also premiered at Sundance.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
In a 2006 interview with "60 Minutes," Hoffman told Steve Kroft that he went into rehab at a very early age - 22 - because he feared his substance abuse would kill him – and he had so much he still wanted to do.
Last May, after more than two decades clean and sober, Hoffman reportedly checked himself into rehab.
Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan