Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar winner deemed to be amongst the world's greatest living actors, has spoken openly about checking into rehabilitation after he began snorting heroin. The actor - who won a Best Actor Oscar for Capote in 2006 - has a history of substance abuse, though was clean for 23 years until recently. Hoffman tells TMZ.com he began taking prescription pills again though soon found himself snorting heroin and checked himself into a facility on the East Coast for 10 days, checking out last Friday.

The actor - who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Master earlier this year - credits a "great group of friends and family" for helping him seek the treatment he needed to get better. For now, the rehab seems to have helped Hoffman and he is clean and back to work in Europe. He stars in John Slattery's 2014 drama God's Pocket, about a guy named Mickey who gets in over his head when he tries to cover up the accidental death of stepson. In November, the actor will appear as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, though perhaps more interestingly, he'll star in thriller A Most Wanted Man by Control director Anton Corbijn. The movie follows a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. 

An actor with exceptional talent, Philip Seymour Hoffman stormed to Oscar glory with his dizzyingly assured performance as writer Truman Capote, following it up with equally strong showings in the excellent Synecdoche, New York and Doubt. His most recent film credits reads The Ides of March (2011), Moneyball (2011), The Master (2012) and A Late Quartet (2013) - which highlights both his quality and versatility.

We here at Contactmusic.com wish Philip Seymour Hoffman the very best in his on-going recovery.

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