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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Will

Keep My Son Away from Hollywood

2/19/2014 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Philip Seymour Hoffman
's dying wish was to keep his children far, far away from Hollywood -- this according to the actor's will.

TMZ obtained a copy of PSH's will -- drawn up in 2004 -- and according to the document, Hoffman requested that his son Cooper (back then his only child) be raised in Manhattan ... in order to be surrounded by the culture, arts, and architecture of the city.

If NYC turned out to be impossible, Hoffman asked for his son to be raised in Chicago or San Francisco. And if that didn't work out either, Hoffman wanted his son to visit these cities at least TWICE per year ... for cultural purposes.

The glaring omission on his list is obviously Los Angeles -- interesting because Hoffman was a big time Hollywood actor who spent lots of time in L.A.

Clearly, he didn't think it was a suitable city to raise a kid in.

As for the entirety of his estate, Hoffman left the whole shebang to his longtime partner and the mother of his 3 children, Mimi O'Donnell.



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I have lived all over the world, including L.A. when I was a teenager. My experience is that Los Angeles is absolutely the most heinous place to raise a child. Every kid I knew was screwed up 10 ways to Sodom. Kids raise themselves in L.A. because their parents are too busy chasing their own dreams.

244 days ago


The girlfriend is lucky he took the time to formalize his wishes and specified what he wanted her to have. Women who "partner" with men, have their kids, and hang on for years without legal protection of marriage can really get screwed without a will.

244 days ago


Now,tell me who would trust his judgement??????????

244 days ago


Why is tmz live an hour early today ?

244 days ago

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Can you blame him? Any person who has not been swallowed up whole by that devil's playground knows that it is pure evil. Superficial and materialistic to the absolute extreme.

244 days ago


Please answer when tmz live starts

244 days ago


tmz has hit a new low, where did he say stay out of LA? All he said was visit the corrupt city of Chicago, and the gays in San Fran

244 days ago


It's hollywood's fault, not Mr Hoffman's character flaws that are to blame.

244 days ago


Glad to see he left it all to Mimi. And how sensible to leave out L.A. for the kids. I just realized he wrote this while he was still in his 23 years of sobriety. It makes me smile he was so concerned about what his kids were exposed to he even put it in his will. Sweet and telling.

244 days ago


Chicago and SF? Chicago is the murder capitol of the US and Frisco is full of elitist snobs. No wonder Hoffman is dead..apparently he was also very stupid.

244 days ago


Wise man. I adore him as a person even more.

244 days ago


Selfish to the very end. ALL of those cities have culture, architecture, various outlets for art across the board. All of those cities have their ups and downs. It's how you raise your children to not limit themselves to see the beauty every city has to offer. Hollywood is just one part of Los Angeles and it's a business. Los Angeles is a great city and it is large with every walk of life. It's what you make of it. Because he had problems with the industry he worked in and obviously the drugs, his personal choices led to his unhappiness, not Hollywood. There are plenty of people in the Hollywood industry that are good hearted, hard working and not junkies. Raise your children strong headed and educated, you wouldn't have to worry what city they choose to visit, live and flourish in.

244 days ago


Smart man. Sad loss.

244 days ago

William Foresman    

well, having gotten all this drugs in the city you'd think Montana or some remote place in the country would be more suitable if this was about protecting this son.

244 days ago


Yeah and look where he died
And look what he died of
Ah, New York, At least by Hoffman's last act, we now know where another of the sewers are located.

244 days ago
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