Sunday, February 2, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away at the age of 46.
Thirteen years before winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his transformative performance in CAPOTE (2005), Philip Seymour Hoffman was making early impressions for his work in the acclaimed SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992), and later as a tornado-chaser in TWISTER (1996). In 1997 he would make even bigger impressions in BOOGIE NIGHTS, the first of four collaborations with director Paul Thomas Anderson which would include MAGNOLIA (1999), PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002), and THE MASTER (2012), for which he would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

His list of notable performances includes THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998), THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999), ALMOST FAMOUS (2000), RED DRAGON (2002), COLD MOUNTAIN (2003), MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III (2006), BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (2007), THE SAVAGES (2007), CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (2007), SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (2008), DOUBT (2008), PIRATE RADIO (2009), MONEYBALL (2011), THE IDES OF MARCH (2011),  and A LATE QUARTET (2012).
Off the silver screen, he was also an acclaimed theater actor and director, earning three Tony Award nominations. He was a strong supporter of local theatres in New York City.

This Blogger is gutted. Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most consistent pillars of the film world; every year when there was a good film, he was there. When awards season rolled around, he was always there. We may have become spoiled by just how good he was at his craft, for we were always used to him being there and being great. Every death is sad, but this one feels like a robbery; for every robbery leaves an empty space.



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