Actor and 4-H Camp Alumnus Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at 46

Academy Award-winning actor and 4-H Camp alumnus Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment this morning, according to news reports. He was 46.

Hoffman, his brother Gordy (who wrote Love Liza, the 2002 his brother starred in) and sister Emily attended Ontario County 4-H Camp, aka 4-H Camp Bristol Hills, in New York in the 1980s.

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Hoffman won the Academy Award for best actor in 2005 for his portrayal of Truman Capote in the film Capote and has been a scene-stealing supporting actor in a number of films of the last couple decades, including a recent turn as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 

He was nominated for Academy Awards for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). Other notable roles in recent years included the films Owning Mahowny (2003), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Moneyball (2011) and The Ides of March (2011).

UPDATE: Hoffman also served as a camp counselor at East Boston Camps in Westford, Mass., during the summer of 1987. Here’s a photo taken of him that summer:


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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