Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an extraordinary actor.  He was able to disappear into a role, making the audience forget about the actor and see only the character.  Maybe it was because Hoffman was first and foremost a character actor with the charisma of a lead actor.  When taking on a role, he developed it from the inside out.  And that made for performances we remember.

Hoffman’s passing came as a shock.  He had the love and respect of his peers.  His fans looked forward to every performance.  His work is to be remembered and treasured.  His Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote in Capote.  The brash DJ “The Count” in Pirate Radio.  The suspect priest in Doubt.  The charismatic leader of The Cause in The Master.  The grief-stricken widower in Love Liza.  The Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  And so many more.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
The Big Lebowski
Charlie Wilson’s War
Cold Mountain
The Ides of March
A Late Quartet
Red Dragon