Phillip Seymour Hoffman takes part in a press conference for the film 'Synecdoche, New York' during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, May 23, 2008. Police say Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment Feb. 2, 2014. He was 46. Francois Mori/AP
Hoffman (l.) and Amy Ryan are shown in a scene from, 'Jack Goes Boating.' In a medium (movies) that prizes glamor and flash, he offered the opposite: untidy, imperfect, shy, awkward and eminently real people. Despite his outsized talent, he was relentlessly humble. Bennett Miller, his longtime friend and 'Capote' director, once called him 'a shaman-like actor.' Overture Films/AP
Producer Scott Rudin (2nd l.) and the cast of 'Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman,' accept the award for best revival of a play at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on June 10, 2012, in New York. Charles Sykes /Invision/AP
Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in 'Capote,' at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 16, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Reed Saxon/AP
(L.-r.) Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, and John Slattery seen at The Hollywood Reporter Lounge Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Dan Steinberg/Invision/The Hollywood Reporter/AP
US actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman gestures as he poses in front of the Ancient Colosseum during a photo call for the World premiere of the movie 'Mission Impossible III' in Rome April 24, 2006. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Hilary Swank (r.) congratulates Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. Chris Carlson/AP
Joaquin Phoenix (l.) and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from 'The Master.' The Weinstein Company/AP
Philip Seymour Hoffman accepts the award for Best Ensemble Cast in 'Doubt' with actors Viola Davis (l.) and Meryl Streep (r.) at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York January 14, 2009. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
(From left to right), Viggo Mortensen, Robert Redford, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Deborah Voigt laugh as they pose for photographers during a break in the New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend discussions in New York, January 6, 2006. Chip East/Reuters
Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 19, 2014. Victoria Will/Invision/AP
Philip Seymour Hoffman: The actor was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan on Sunday.
ByDeepti Hajela, Associated Press
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote" and created a gallery of other vivid characters, many of them slovenly and slightly dissipated comic figures, died Sunday. He was 46.