Philip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in a New York City apartment building. Details still forthcoming.

This is sudden and tragic and strange all at once. Certainly the man was one of America’s best actors, but also a decent human being that despite previous battles with drugs and alcohol, managed to stay out of the tabloids and other less flattering media spotlights.

He was known mainly for his stellar work as a character actor, and later, as a bonafide lead and Oscar winner. Every single film in which he starred was by default that much better due to his presence. Case in point: Twister. Remember him how you will. Brandt in Big Lebowski. Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. Father Flynn in Doubt. Truman Capote or countless other great roles. He truly was The Master.

Let’s all take the time to remember his greatness and not as much with the sad details of his death.

We’re speechless, here in the third row.

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Sean Kelly

TWISTER was probably the first film I saw with Philip Seymour Hoffman in it, though I had no idea who he was at the time.

I first started to get name recognition for him in 1999 through trailers for the Joel Schumacher-directed Robert DeNiro comedy FLAWLESS, which I never actually saw. I would then go see MAGNOLIA later that year, which would be the first film I would see (and recognize) him in.

It was actually funny later going back and seeing him in a small, but memorable role in SCENT OF A WOMAN, which was only his fourth film role.

You should definitely dedicate a large chunk of the next Cinecast to PSH’s career.


Heart-wrenching news. Damn.


He was The Master, the fucking Master.

Rick Vance

Last year I finally wised up and began to love Magnolia. In five more years, will come around to There Will Be Blood, perhaps.


There are many great pieces on PSH floating around, but this one about his role in Almost Famous, by a friend of the real Lester Bangs, is particularly good I thought.