The first celebrity death of 2014 has occurred, and it is quite a shocker, for Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of a drug overdose at the age of 46. I didn’t know this, but apparently Hoffman had a long history of drug abuse problems, and checked himself into rehab last year to treat his heroin addiction. Sadly, that addiction is what lead to his death yesterday.
I’ve always thought of Hoffman as the character actor who managed to make it to leading man status. Many of Hoffman’s early film roles were secondary characters, but he covered such a diverse range of characters, from awkward and wimpy (as seen in Boogie Nights, above) to creepy (see the supercut of his creepiest roles below) to jovial and loveable (like Dusty from Twister – don’t worry, he’ll get a clip too).
Hoffman was an incredibly talented individual. His death saddens me more than most celebrity deaths because of how his work touched me over the years. He never delivered a bad performance. He was even good in Patch Adams, guys. This man was one of cinema’s finest actors, and he will be sorely missed. I’m going to wrap this up with a series of clips from some of my favourite Hoffman roles. Rest in peace, good sir.
Look under the cut for more tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman.
A manly handshake ensues.