Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wish for his kids
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will was released Wednesday by Manhattan’s Surrogate Court.
In the 2004 will, he asks that his son, Cooper, now 10 years old, grow up in a major cultural hub — which did not include Los Angeles.
“It is my strong desire, and not direction to my guardian, that my son, Cooper Hoffman be raised and reside in or near the borough of Manhattan in the State of New York, or Chicago Illinois, or San Francisco, California,” the actor wrote when Cooper was just 1 year old, and daughters Willa and Tallulah were not yet born.
“If my Guardian cannot reside in any of these cities,” he hoped his son would “visit these cities at least twice per year … so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts, and architecture that such cities offer.”
Notably absent from his list of acceptable metropolises: Los Angeles, where, as an actor, Hoffman would have had to spend a great deal of time. Evidently, all those hours on the 405 weren’t enough to give him any affection for the place, or to see the cultural benefits of bringing his children up near the Grove.