Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

The thing we’ll remember most about Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this morning at his apartment in New York City of what some news organizations are reporting as a drug overdose, is his versatility. Sure, he won the Oscar for Capote, but it was that he pulled off inhabiting Truman Capote as well as he did the sad-sack porn crew member in Boogie Nights and the drag queen in Flawless and the resistant-to-change Art Howe in Moneyball and the L. Ron Hubbard-like leader of a religion in The Master that made him special and his loss that much more difficult to accept.

Hoffman, a Rochester-area native, made a mark in practically every role he played, from notable supporting roles in The Big Lebowski, Scent of a Woman, Mission: Impossible III, Magnolia, Charlie Wilson’s War (for which he was nominated for an Oscar), Doubt (ditto), and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to the lead in Synecdoche, New York and stage work that earned him three Tony Award nominations. So many great performances in a career that turned out to be too short….


Hoffman in his Academy Award winning role as Truman Capote (Sony)

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