philip seymour hoffmanIt’s with great sadness that I have to report the passing of a great actor of stage and screen, Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was confirmed yesterday that Hoffman, age 46, died of a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment. Sober since he was 22, Hoffman’s problems with addiction were public knowledge as he was very candid about his substance abuse in interviews over the years. Before his passing, he’d checked himself into a rehab clinic after falling off the wagon for 10 days. Mr. Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

Hoffman has had a varied career in the theater and in Hollywood, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any role he didn’t dive into wholeheartedly. Though he’s had roles in several blockbusters, the most recent being The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hoffman has generally been perceived as a thoughtful and cerebral actor, taking on roles that challenged not just him but the audience as well. It’s what made him a fantastic character actor and the reason he earned his Oscar for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Capote (2005) as the titular character. He followed up that performance with three more Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), and The Master (2012). Hoffman was also an accomplished stage actor and director, earning three Tony nominations for his Broadway performances in True West (2000), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003), and Death of a Salesman (2012).

I can say, with all honesty, that Hoffman’s death did hit me hard. There are some actors that are almost a source of comfort as a regular movie-goer. When you see their name on a movie poster or notice them in a film you haven’t watched in ages, you feel safe knowing that they’re there. Hoffman was one of those actors for me. Even when he was playing cold, calculating characters or villains there was a sense of warmth about him that made him enjoyable to watch. The first time I noticed him was as the lovable and enthusiastic Dusty in Twister (1996) and it was a joy to watch him rise in Hollywood, earning the respect and admiration he so richly deserved.

So here are some clips of Philip Seymour Hoffman in his various role. Rest in Peace, sir, for you will be missed.

And a warning on these clips, most of them, for language purposes, are Not Suitable For Work.

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