The World Loses Another Great Actor!

Philip Seymour Hoffman 4 “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” PSH

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was 46 years old when he took his final bow and passed from this great curtain of life to the next. He was found dead in his West Village, Manhattan apartment this morning. There are not a great deal of details released as of yet, but police are investigating. There are speculations of a possible drug overdose, but that has yet to be determined. Unfortunately the overdose tag is the usual suspect, whenever we hear of a celebrity passing on.

Philip Seymour Hoffman 3 “I didn’t go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That’s what interests me.” PSH

Mr. Hoffman was currently filming the the second part of the third installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy; Mockingjay, when he left us. His stellar career has spanned many years and many genres. The man could play anything, be anyone. His unique outlook on life and his versatility as an actor was a thing of beauty and his passion showed through in every role he would take on. You couldn’t ask for a better “bad guy” for your film as in Mission Impossible III’s, Owen Davian, but he was known best for his quirky and loving characters.

Philip Seymour Hoffman “If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged. PSH

According to his IMDB bio “Philip Seymour Hoffman was born in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Fairport on July 23, 1967. After becoming involved in high school theatrics, he attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. He made his feature film debut in the indie production Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991) as Phil Hoffman, and his first role in a major release came the next year in My New Gun (1992). While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997). He quickly became an icon of indie cinema, establishing a reputation as one of the screen’s finest actors, in a variety of supporting and second leads in indie and major features, including Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Flawless(1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia (1999), Almost Famous (2000) and State and Main (2000). He also appeared in supporting roles in such mainstream, big-budget features as Red Dragon (2002), Cold Mountain (2003) and Mission: Impossible III (2006). 

Philip Seymour Hoffman 2 “I’ve worked with a lot of characters that are unhinged. I’ve played characters that are unhinged. That’s, like, my job. PSH

Hoffman is also quite active on the stage. On Broadway, he has earned two Tony nominations, as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a revival of Sam Shepard’s “True West” and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill (I)’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. His other acting credits in the New York theater include “The Seagull” (directed by Mike Nichols for The New York Shakespeare Festival), “Defying Gravity”, “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*@%ing” and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Desk nomination). He is the Co-Artistic Director of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York, for which he directed “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He also has directed “In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings” and “Jesus Hopped the A Train” by Guirgis for LAByrinth, and “The Glory of Living” by Rebecca Gilman at the Manhattan Class Company. Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 40 with his turn in the title role of Capote (2005), for which he won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor. In 2006, he was awarded the Best Actor Oscar for the same role.”

Courtesy of IMDB, his roles included:

2014- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (filming)–Plutarch Heavensbee             2014- Happyish (TV Series) (post-production)–Thom Payne                                                     2014- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (post-production)–Plutarch Heavensbee   2014- A Most Wanted Man–Günther Bachmann                                                                       2014- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire–Plutarch Heavensbee                                             2012- Back Beyond (Video short)–Lancaster Dodd                                                                     2012- A Late Quartet–Robert Gelbart                                                                                         2011- The Master–Lancaster Dodd                                                                                               2011- Moneyball–Art Howe                                                                                                       2011- The Ides of March–Paul Zara                                                                                               2010- A Child’s Garden of Poetry (TV Movie) (voice)                                                         2009- Jack Goes Boating–Jack                                                                                                         2009- Arthur (TV Series)–Will Toffman                                                                             2009- The Invention of Lying–Jim the Bartender                                                           2009- Pirate Radio–The Count                                                                                                         2008- Mary and Max–Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)                                                                       2008- IDoubt–Father Brendan Flynn                                                                                             2007- Synecdoche, New York–Caden Cotard                                                                                 2007- Charlie Wilson’s War–Gust Avrakotos                                                                                 2007- Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead–Andy                                                                       2006- The Savages–Jon Savage                                                                                                       2005- Mission: Impossible III–Owen Davian                                                                               2005- Capote–Truman Capote                                                                                                         2005- Empire Falls (TV Movie)–Charlie Mayne                                                                           2004- Strangers with Candy–Henry                                                                                               2003- Along Came Polly–Sandy Lyle                                                                                             2003- Cold Mountain–Reverend Veasey                                                                                       2003- Mattress Man Commercial (Video short)–Dean Trumbell                                               2002- Owning Mahowny–Dan Mahowny                                                                                       2002- 25th Hour–Jacob Elinsky                                                                                                       2002- Red Dragon–Freddy Lounds                                                                                                 2002- Punch-Drunk Love–Dean Trumbell                                                                                     2000- Love Liza–Wilson Joel                                                                                                           2000- Almost Famous–Lester Bangs                                                                                             1999- State and Main–Joseph Turner White                                                                                 1999 -The Talented Mr. Ripley–Freddie Miles                                                                             1999- Magnolia–Phil Parma                                                                                                             1998- Flawless–Rusty                                                                                                                       1998- Patch Adams–Mitch                                                                                                               1998- Happiness–Allen                                                                                                                     1998- The Big Lebowski–Brandt                                                                                                     1998- Next Stop Wonderland–Sean                                                                                                 1997- Montana–Duncan                                                                                                                     1997- Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series)–Joseph Plumb Martin               1997- Culture (Short)–Bill                                                                                                                 1996- Boogie Nights–Scotty J.                                                                                                       1996- Twister–Dustin Davis                                                                                                             1995- Hard Eight–Young Craps Player (as Phillip Seymour Hoffman)                                     1994- The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (Short)–Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes                               1994- Nobody’s Fool–Officer Raymer                                                                                             1994- When a Man Loves a Woman–Gary                                                                                     1994- The Yearling (TV Movie)–Buck                                                                                             1994- Szuler–Martin                                                                                                                       1993- The Getaway–Frank Hansen (as Philip Hoffman)                                                             1993- Money for Nothing–Cochran (as Philip S. Hoffman)                                                           1993- My Boyfriend’s Back–Chuck Bronski (as Philip Hoffman)                                                 1992- Joey Breaker–Wiley McCall                                                                                                   1992- Scent of a Woman–George Willis, Jr. (as Philip S. Hoffman)                                             1992- Leap of Faith–Matt                                                                                                                 1991- My New Gun–Chris                                                                                                                 1991- Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole–Klutch (as Phil Hoffman)                                               1991- Law & Order (TV Series)–Steven Hanauer

Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Rest In Peace! You will be missed!

Stay safe, stay warm, and be kind to each other.

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About Kevin Powley

Creating chaos is the name of the game! Okay, maybe there is a little more to it than just chaos, like I'm a transplanted Canadian living in Wisconsin. Why the Cheesehead capital of the world you may ask? Okay, so you didn't but I'm going to tell you regardless. Love! Plain and simple, I'm here for love. What am I into? Well back in 2003... ish I bought my first guitar, now I own 7. I turned a spare bedroom into a little recording studio where I write and record my own music. Unfortunately I cannot read music. (Maybe a little to ADD to sit for lessons I guess?) But I love it, even though I don't set aside enough time to play much anymore. I'm a Gamer, an avid reader and I love to write. Every chance I get I take in the newest movie on the big screen. The bigger the blockbuster the bigger the screen to watch it upon! Currently I am enrolled in school and taking some courses to get a degree in nursing. I'm changing the path of my life once again, even though I am in my mid forties. Never to old to try something new I say! I live here in beautiful Wisconsin right smack dab in between Chicago and Milwaukee. Where we get to experience both worlds equally. I have been married to my gorgeous wife Susi for the past 12 years and have a furry family taking up my attention. My old Husky/Shepherd Buddy and our three cats Fletcher, Taiko and Felix. Who needs kids when you have all these guys to keep you busy? And busy they do keep us! :)
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