Who Are Some Well-Known People Who Died in 2014?

Well-known people who died in 2014 include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Shirley Temple and James Garner. Hoffman died from a drug overdose, while Temple and Garner died of natural causes.

Born on July 23, 1967, Hoffman worked as a director and producer, but was primarily known for his acting. He had a variety of supporting roles, in movies such as "Boogie Nights," "The Big Lebowski" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." One of his leading roles, as Truman Capote in "Capote," earned him an Academy Award for best actor. He also received Academy Award nominations for several other roles. Hoffman checked into a drug rehabilitation program after completing college, but then after decades of sobriety he relapsed in 2013 and overdosed in 2014.

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928. She was a child star, beginning her career in 1932 and starring in several popular movies during that decade. Her popularity declined during the 1940s, and she announced her retirement from films in 1950. She then had careers in television and politics. She died at 85 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Born on April 7, 1928, Garner became a star on the western television show "Maverick." He acted in television shows and films, often as anti-hero type characters. One of his most popular roles was Jim Rockford, the lead character in "The Rockford Files." He died at 86 of a heart attack.