Recently Jennifer Heart posted a comment on my Google+ post, Hoffman Heightens Hanks, linking to an old blog post where I expressed my appreciation for the work of the great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died at 46 on February 2, 2014. I had also written another post elsewhere, now revised and updated here as my reply to Ms. Heart.
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s creativity was magical, his death horrible. Both were solely, distinctively his own, and both delivered with stunning effect.
When Pete Seeger died a week earlier at 94 on January 27, 2014, I felt deep gratitude for what he gave us. When Philip Seymour Hoffman, who masterfully fused his inflammatory soul with that of every character he played, died Sunday, February 2, at 46, I felt deep pain.
As he sailed away at the end of a great journey, to Seeger I waved g’bye. As he blew overboard to drown, for Hoffman I wanted to know why. It’s a futile question, so I just cried. This is a loss I feel too much, the world probably not enough. But I am as grateful for Hoffman as for Seeger.
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“I intend to broadcast from this ship until the day I die. And for a couple days after that.”
Now he’s more immortal than he could have guessed.
Top 10 Performances:
Pirate Radio Trailer:
“Be honest and unmerciful.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Remembered by Fellow Actors on Twitter in NY Times Artsbeat Blog
Accepting the Academy Award for his performance in Capote,
with a soulful, honest tribute to his mother:
A good accounting of Hoffman’s filmography and a good biographical article on Wikipedia.
NPR’s movie reviewer Bob Mondelo wrote in a tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman:
When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday at the age of 46, there was shock among those he’d worked with in the film and theater communities. He’d died too young. At the peak of his craft. With so much still to offer. But the loss was also felt by people who didn’t know him, yet felt they did — me among them.
I like Tavis Smiley’s PBS interviews with Hoffman,
because it is Hoffman, the person inside
the actor, just having conversation.
Thank you, Mr. Hoffman, whose life cannot be deemed wasted
by the means of your death, because your life is a gift
and prize granted us and not diminished by any death.