Tuesday, 4 February 2014

In Memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) (Updated)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

I have never seen any of Philip's 
movies, I announce with sorrow
that Oscar-winning Philip Seymour
Hoffman was reported to be found
dead of an overdose of drugs in his
office apartment in West Village.
He was 46 years old in February 
2nd 2014. Philip began acting when as a student at Fairport High School and at the age 17 he was selected to be in an attendance in the 84 Theater School at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. In the same place he meets the two people he would later work with in the later years like director Bennett Miller and screenwriter Dan Futterman.

When after Hoffman graduated from Fairport High, he attended the summer program in the Circle in the Square Theatre where he would continue to craft his skills as an actor. He went to join the Tisch School of the Arts in the New York University, earning himself a BFA award for drama in 1989. In the year of 1991 he made his acting debut in a episode of Law and Order as a case defendant. Philip would not appear in film until 92. He made his breakthrough in 4 different movies, one of which was Scent of the Woman. Throughout many years Hoffman would make his youthful career as a supporting actor playing roles and working with so many notable directors in his lifetime. One of the directors was Paul Thomas Anderson who casted him in five of his six motion pictures to date. He then does both the narration and interviews himself in a documentary for 2000 named The Party's Over. Philip breaks up the supporting role cliché and moves in for his first leading role in a tragic comedy called Love Liza. Followed in 2003 he also does another main role playing as a gambling addicted bank employee in Owning Mahowny. Hoffman's career has been defined by both supporting and lead parts over the years with notable flicks as Cold Mountain, Along Came Polly and the third instalment of Mission Impossible. Philip went for the gold acclaim in the title role of Capote where he would receive many of its awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor.

After the commendable success of his performance of Capote, the newly A-listed Philip went on for more diverse roles such as the title character in Charlie Wilson's War. That next year he would receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Before his untimely death he was working on the two parts of The Hunger Games feature Mockingjay to a role he once played in the recent instalment Catching Fire.

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