I’m sure by now that everyone knows about the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). During Super Bowl Sunday, Hollywood was stunned to find out about his passing. This actor won a Best Actor Academy Award in 2005 for his portrayal of Truman Capote.
Hoffman had spoken openly about his past drug addiction battles, beginning when he graduated from New York University but he “got sober” at the age of 22 and continued sobriety for twenty years. Throughout his illustrious career, Hoffman had roles in movies like Mission Impossible: III, Twister, and Moneyball. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Master. Hoffman was recently seen in last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and was scheduled to reprise his role for the two-part finale of The Hunger Games film series, Mockingjay.
Despite his success, his demons always seemed to be lurking in the corners and that became more apparent as the details of his death become public. He checked himself into rehab in May 2013, showing that he didn’t want his past demons to rise again. Unfortunately, he seemed to succumb to his addiction again, this time costing him his life.
I won’t sit here and criticize him for his past demons because we all have them, whether we are movie stars or not. I will say that he was a great actor who passed away too soon, captivating audiences with his quiet but powerful tone in each of his characters and revealing the depth of who he was portraying.
Mr. Hoffman, you will be missed.