Tribute: Philip Seymour Hoffman

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One of my favourite actors and, most certainly, one the very finest actors of his generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman is without doubt a true talent. His commitment to his craft was always plain to see as he threw himself into every role he played, no matter how small. His tragic and untimely death on February 2nd 2014, is a sore loss for cinema and theatre but we can at least be thankful that he’s left us with some legendary characters and performances. The following clips include a selection of some of his best moments.

Gus Avrakotos in
Charlie Wilson’s War

Scotty J in
Boogie Nights

Young Craps Player in
Hard Eight

Father Brendan Flynn in
Doubt

Lester Bangs in
Almost Famous

Lancaster Dodd in
The Master

Andy in
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

Rusty in
Flawless

Sandy Lyle in
Along Came Polly

Dean Trumbell in
Punch Drunk Love

Truman Capote in
Capote

Allen in
Happiness

Brandt in
The Big Lebowski

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

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47 Responses to “Tribute: Philip Seymour Hoffman”

  1. What a range of roles and what an actor. Fine tribute, Mark.

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  2. Glad you’re doing a tribute too, Mark! It’s incredible how varied his filmography is.

    I wish I had seen Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead when it was still on Netflix streaming, it’s been yanked away now. But
    Pirate Radio, Jack Goes Boating and Capote are on Amazon Instant Video so my hubby n I are hoping to catch more of his films.

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    • I’ve seen most of his films Ruth and you’re in for a real treat with some of those you mention. Jack Goes Boating was a lovely little directorial debut, Capote is another masterclass in acting and Before the Devil is just superb. I loved that movie and Hoffman was, once again, very intense.

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  3. He was one of the finest actors of his generation and it’s tragic to see him go. Hoffman’s work with Paul Thomas Anderson is outstanding and I’d argue his performance in The Master is his best.

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    • Most definitely, man. I find it hard to choose a favourite performance. The Master is up there with the best but Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War and Boogie Nights always come back to me. Thought he was marvellous in Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead too. Like I say, far too many to choose from.

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  4. Nice selection of clips man. What a loss. For me, his turns in Doubt and Charlie Wilson’s War were his best (I do have a couple of gaps in his filmography though)

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    • Cheers man. Doubt and Charlie Wilson are two of my favourites too but it’s really difficult to single particular ones out when there were so many. He never have a bad performance.

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  5. One of my favourite actors. He will be greatly missed. Film just won’t be the same 😦

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  6. Lovely tribute mate. Not much I can add to what’s already been said to be honest, it’s just a huge, huge loss. Still doesn’t feel real to be honest.

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    • I hear you, Chris. What can you say? I think as film fans we’re all feeling the loss of this great performer. Truly one of the very best and he proved that in a relatively short time. 46 years old, man. He had years left in him. 😦

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  7. davecrewe Says:

    Such a tragic loss to cinema (and, of course, to his friends and family). There are so many lauded performances of his I’m yet to see, to the point where I want to drag them out …as we won’t get another 😦

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    • It certainly is a loss Dave. Everyone always says things like he was a real favourite but he genuinely was for me. He has been one of my top five actors for years now. He really was top class stuff. Relish those performances you’ve yet to see, man. I’ve a few to get to myself but I’ve seen the majority of his film so I’m gutted that I’m left with only a few that will be fresh.

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  8. Flawless. Thanks for highlighting this. Incredible acting and showed him in a leading role. Was so sad to her the news. A big loss.

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  9. Lovely tribute, I’m so saddened at his death. The world has lost an outstanding actor.

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  10. Popcorn Nights Says:

    I’ve just watched the clips from the four or five films above that I haven’t actually seen; you can see here everything you need to know about the man. His talent will be sadly missed.

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  11. Sadly missed indeed Stu. Can you ever think of a below par performance? He simply didn’t provide one. Every time he tackled a role, he gave it his all. That’s what made him the talent that he was and that’s also what makes him such a tragic loss.

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  12. He stole every film he was in.

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  13. Such a wonderful selection, really shows how versatile he was. I saw Along Came Polly yesterday and my God the way he delivered the sharted line was hilarious.

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  14. An outstanding actor. A great tribute Mark, some of his best performances: The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights etc.

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  15. Great celebration of his work, Mark. An incredible talent, so sadly cut short.

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  16. Lovely tribute Mark. Still devastating.

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  17. He really is an actor who always elevated anything he was in, and never once gave a bad performance that I saw. Truly a shame. 😦

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    • Absolutely Chris. A truly great actor that was so good that you always knew you’d get quality from him. His name may not have been headlining a lot of movies but his appearance would always make it worthwhile.

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  18. I couldn’t quite believe the news when I got it, he didnt strike me as the type. However, looking further into his history I now releasie it was a lengthy battle with addiction. Such a shame, such a loss, the industry has truly lost one of its greats. 😦

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    • I knew nothing of his addictions Allan but on reflection, it shows in a lot of his tortured performances. I think a lot of the characters he played, had a little of him in them. That’s why he was so good and so natural. I’ll really miss this man’s contribution to acting. 😦

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  19. Such epic acting in each of these scenes… love it. And hate it for what sparked this post… RIP

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  20. This really was a dreadful loss. He was a massively talented actor… great selections you have up here too Mark!

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  21. He was the best working actor in the business. Such a devastating loss.

    Very nice tribute, Mark.

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  22. “Excellent stuff here Mark. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a creative genius and absolute legend in my opinion. Such a bloody damn shame. Awesome site..I love your postings.”

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    • I couldn’t agree more, Chris. Absolutely the finest actor of his generation and one of my personal favourites. I was gutted when I heard the news of his death. Thanks for dropping in and commenting my friend. It’s always great to see new faces and hear new opinions. πŸ™‚

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  23. Reblogged this on ChrisMentillo.com and commented:
    Found A Wonderful Tribute to …

    “Philip Seymour Hoffman on one of my friend’s web, “Mark Walker.”

    Phil was a creative genius and absolute legend in my opinion. Such a bloody damn shame.”

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