Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Dead

The brilliant actor was 46.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46 years old. 

This is a tough one to process. To call him one of the greatest actors of his time would be selling him short - Hoffman allowed himself a level of vulnerability that was perhaps unprecedented; in many of his best roles he was a raw, bleeding mass of insecurity and pain. But because he was a great actor many of his other best roles were absolutely opposite of that, and he was able to bring to life everything from explosive rage to complete, open-hearted love. His range was astonishing, his honesty in performance was always staggering.

I met Hoffman a couple of times - once as an autograph-seeking fan at a performance of True West, a couple of times at press days, most memorably for Capote, the film that won him an Oscar. Smart, funny and kind, Hoffman was approachable and open. He leaves behind a legacy of undeniably amazing performances in movies that have meant so much to so many. I don't even know where to begin with his filmography: Boogie Nights? HappinessAlmost FamousThe Talented Mr. RipleyThe Master? So many perfect, immortal performances from an all-too mortal man.

That night after True West he came out and signed Playbills and chatted with the crowd and then he ambled off, with a slightly galumphing walk, to the subway. He poured his heart out on that stage and then got on the train to go home. I'll never forget that. 

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