Hoffman Why?

Photo derived from original by Murray Close: Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) © 2014 – Lionsgate.

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.”

– Hoffman starring as The Count in Pirate Radio (2009).

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:

Philip Seymour Hoffman was honest and unmerciful – A good short article in Jewish Journal on Hoffman’s profoundly productive filmography. You’ll be surprised.

IMDb’s biography of  Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman biography at biography.com

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.
PBS NewsHour report of Hoffman’s death

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.

4 thoughts on “Hoffman Why?”

      1. Well, just found it because I had a pop up of a new post or maybe comment, but it was too fast to see. So I went to the sent post in my mail to bring up the page and voila. Here it is. Now to find what was today’s post, because it isn’t showing in my mail. Was there one today, 6/9?

  1. I confess that I did not know the name, ‘Philip Seymour Hoffman’ but enjoyed being informed via your post. Most of the videos loaded and played, but some are not allowed in Ecuador, a common problem here – why I have no idea.

    The summary of his most-popular /best roles was a nice video, so I had an almost-instant education. In my almost-20 years out of the USA, I think I’ve seen one movie and that was the J. Cash, Walk the Line – when visiting a sister… It was interesting to see that Walk the Line actor was also up for the award…

    He was for sure a very talented actor, and it’s a tragic loss when substance abuse causes a death, especially when it takes a highly-talented and well-loved str

    From the NPR link, ‘ Which makes me wish I could tell him, “Mr. Hoffman, you’re so much more than cute.” ‘…— so true, that many times we regret not speaking kind words when we had the opportunity…

    Thank you, for you own kind words regarding Z!

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