Police Investigate Death Of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46 years old. Police are investigating the death as a possible drug overdose. He'd struggled with substance abuse throughout his life.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The news about Philip Seymour Hoffman made many people stop and draw a breath. Hoffman was discovered dead yesterday.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

He was 46, the winner of an Oscar for his portrayal of the writer Truman Capote.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "CAPOTE")

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: (As Truman Capote) Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged because of the way I am, you know, the way I talk. And they're always wrong.

MONTAGNE: Hoffman could not have sounded more different when he played a rock journalist in "Almost Famous."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, IN "ALMOST FAMOUS")

HOFFMAN: (As Lester Bangs) These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of rock stars. And they will ruin rock 'n' roll, and strangle everything we love about it. You know, because they're trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb.

INSKEEP: He was a versatile actor. But more than that, Philip Seymour Hoffman made people feel the depth of his characters. Hoffman grew up near Rochester, N.Y. Early in his career, he acted in "Scent of a Woman," supporting Al Pacino.

MONTAGNE: He was in the Coen brothers' film "The Big Lebowski."

INSKEEP: In the movie "Doubt," he played a priest. A nun, played by Meryl Streep, questioned his relationship with a schoolboy.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "DOUBT")

HOFFMAN: (As Father Brendan Flynn) You have no right to go rummaging through my past.

MERYL STREEP: (As Sister Aloysius Beauvier) You have a history.

HOFFMAN: (As Father Brendan Flynn) You haven't the slightest proof of anything.

STREEP: (As Sister Aloysius Beauvier) But I have my certainty.

HOFFMAN: (As Father Brendan Flynn) Have you never done anything wrong?

STREEP: (As Sister Aloysius Beauvier) I have.

HOFFMAN: (As Father Brendan Flynn) A mortal sin?

STREEP: (As Sister Aloysius Beauvier) Yes.

MONTAGNE: Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning in a New York apartment. Police are investigating a possible drug overdose.

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