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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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Considering the poor choices he made in life, he's probably not the best person to take advice from when raising children. Hopefully, his kids will flourish under their mother's eyes.

225 days ago


no matter where you live.huge city or small town. you get what you look for.if you are out for drugs you can find them any where if you want to live a good life you can do it any where

225 days ago


"The glaring omission on his list is obviously Los Angeles"

What a misleading article! Title says PSH says, Keep my son away from Hollywood. By the articles own words, (see above) the author has surmised this because PSH did NOT even mention LA or Hollywood in the will?!?!?! Well he also doesn't want them living in Florida or Maine, or Virginia, or Hawaii either because he didn't name those places either!! Idiots for writers anymore. I should know better. It's TMZ after all.

225 days ago


alot of these people sold their soul to satan

225 days ago

Marilyn Atkins    

Not to take it away from Hoffman as he was a wonderful actor, and his death was tragic, BUT where was the coverage for the death of Shirley Temple who was an icon in our history, not only in films, but she was an Ambassador for the America. Does it not count if you lived a respectable life that our country can be proud of?

225 days ago

Your S&M Girlfriend    

He could have spent the majority of his life in Bumfcuk Iowa (no offense to Iowans) and still been a druggie who OD'd. There are no guarantees.

225 days ago


This was a great man. San Francisco is where I live and it totally rocks!

225 days ago


As it should be......

225 days ago


How old are these kids ? if they are old enough to be on their own theyn they live where ever they want too

225 days ago


perhaps if he didn't do drugs, he'd be alive to take care of his kids. obviously, they were not the priority. sorry, you can't rule from the grave.

225 days ago


I would of guessed the only place he didn't want his kids would of been a "Heroin Den".

225 days ago


Way to completely fabricate a headline TMZ.

225 days ago


My brother was an alcoholic. He got sober when a doctor told him that if he kept drinking, he wouldn't live another year. He decided that he couldn't do that to his daughter, who was 8 at the time. It's a shame that this otherwise brilliant actor didn't think of that. My heart just aches for his kids.

225 days ago


Yeah, NYC, Chicago and San Francisco don't have drugs and...........heavy sigh.

225 days ago


I think Mimi got away with murder. He was in love with another woman and Mimi knew she was to inherit all of Hoffman's money. I hope the authorities are investigating his death thoroughly.

225 days ago
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