The Takeaway Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman

Monday, February 03, 2014

US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives for the screening of 'The Master' during the 69th Venice Film Festival on September 1 , 2012 at Venice Lido. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, called one of the most ambitious and widely admired U.S. actors of his generation, died yesterday in a Manhattan apartment at the age of 46 from a suspected drug overdose.

Hoffman struggled with substance abuse throughout his career. Yet on the screen and off the screen, he always kept audiences and critics coming back. 

Most knew Philip Seymour Hoffman from his memorable acting roles in "Boogie Nights," "Almost Famous," "The Big Lebowski," "Happiness," "Doubt," and of course, "Capote," for which he earned an Academy Award. As a film and stage actor and theater director, Hoffman consolidated his reputation as one of the finest actors under the age of 50.

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"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving," Hoffman's family said in a statement. "Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

Hoffman is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O'Donnell, and their three children.

Today The Takeaway remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman. 


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

Who's the dealer? Who provided 70 bags of heroin? We know Belushi's dealer. Who was Hoffman's? These syncophants who latch onto a celeb and are always at their side, offering whatever their weakness is, are total scum.

Someone knows. WHO WAS THE DEALER?

Feb. 04 2014 12:38 PM
Marjory from Saugerties, NY

It is always sad when someone is lost forever. However, most comments appear to focus on the individual's sense of personal or industry loss and terribly little is spoken, written, about the loss for his three young children. Surely it is their loss that is the most tragic and profound. They will never again feel his love or have their daddy and when they become old enough to learn of how he died, there will, then again, be an entirely fresh trauma for them to live through.

Surely he was a remarkable actor, a one-of-a-kind, but he was their father………and he took himself away from them forever.

How very tragic

Feb. 03 2014 12:02 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

He was able to reveal the vulnerability of the characters he portrayed in an honest way;perhaps, by tapping into his own psyche.

Feb. 03 2014 11:56 AM

If Mr Hoffman was in a film, I knew, I believed, it would be one that would make me squirm emotionally & intellectually and I'd have to see it. More was the discomfit watching what in reality was a soul who was suffering also. I grieve for the loss of such poignant experiences. I do not see him resting in peace without our prayers.

Feb. 03 2014 10:40 AM
Robert from NYC

I'm so sad. He was one of our greatest actors, a real artist. This is horrible.

(Takeaway staff, the correct name of the third movie you cited is "The Big Lebowski.")

Feb. 03 2014 10:33 AM
Philp Merrill from NYC Metro Area

Sadly, we lost another to drugs and alcohol. This did not need to happen. AA helps people become Recovered from drugs and alcohol. Rehab is not a solution as we see again in Philip's case. A short radio program needs to be done to save others.

Feb. 03 2014 09:28 AM

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