Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm (Uncategorized)

The death yesterday, apparently from a heroin overdose, of Philip Seymour Hoffman is a deep loss.

Hoffman was an exceptionally talented individual. Unlike many “movie stars” who essentially play themselves or a variant of such in each of their films, Hoffman was a gifted actor capable of playing different characters convincingly. Seldom a leading man, he possessed no “movie star” good looks, Hoffman played supporting characters who often were as  memorable than the leads.

That he was found sitting on a toilet in his underwear, a syringe in his arm only underscores the loss. An entirely preventable one. Hoffman’s friend, playwright David Bar Katz commented,

“I saw him last week, and he was clean and sober, his old self. I really thought this chapter was over.”

And sadly now it is.

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