Generation X has lost another of its greatest acting talents. Academy Award-winning star Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead at 46.
What makes the news even more tragic is how predictable — and preventable — it was. When my wife told me the news while we were driving home from buying groceries at Ralph’s this morning I had only one question: “Was it drugs?”
He was found with a needle in his arm.
Here’s the blog post I wrote by hand in June last year:
Hoffman left behind some of the last two decades’ most incredible screen performances. Here are my [personal and biased] picks for the ones that have made him a Hollywood legend, immortal and iconic. Counting down to his most important work:
10. 2009: The Count, leader of Pirate Radio
9. 2002: Thuggish “Mattress Man” Dean Trumbell, the villain in P.T. Anderson’s underrated, under-appreciated Punch Drunk Love
8. 2005: writer Truman Capote in Capote, his Oscar-winning performance
7. 2008: accused abuser Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt
6. 1997: Shy Scotty J., a member of the porn filming crew in P.T. Anderons’s San Fernando valley ’70s epic Boogie Nights
5. 2012: Cult leader Lancaster Dodd in P.T. Anderson’s The Master