I really didn’t realize how important Phillip Seymour Hoffman was until a year or so after he died. He’s one of those actors that was really in everything. He could lead a movie or he could be the 10th billed member of the cast. On top of that he’s in some of the best films out there. He could play a hero or villain or be really funny too.
PSH got his start in the early 90s but he really hit his stride in about 1996-97 when he appeared in Twister and then played a pretty memorable but small role in Boogie Nights which was already his second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson and roles in Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and The Master brought PTA and PSH together again over the next 15 years.
Hoffman also teamed up with the Coen brothers before the end of the nineties as the butler Brandt in The Big Lewbowski. My personal favorite role from Hoffman is probably his tiny mentor role in Almost Famous in 2000. When he entered the new millennium the deserved awards attention began. He won his first can only Oscar for Capote in 2006 and had 3 more nominations before his death. He was the villain in Mission Impossible 3 and the cranky baseball coach from Moneyball. Seymour Hoffman claimed that he would occasionally take larger blockbuster roles for the higher paycheck but was always motivated to do great work and he always did.
He died in 2014 due two a mixture of several different drugs including cocaine and heroine. He was remembered as one of the hard working and highly demanded character actors of his generation.
What is your favorite performance from the great Phillip Seymour Hoffman?