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Philip Seymour Hoffman: a career in movie clips

3 February 2014 3:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died in New York aged 46. We look back over his career in clips

Philip Seymour Hoffman has died aged 46 in New York. Peter Bradshaw's tribute to the actor is here, and Simon Hattenstone recalls interviewing him in 2011. Here's 10 of the best from a virtuosic talent.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Ten great performances? Philip Seymour Hoffman produced scores of them, dealing them out with a lordly abandon, in both lead roles and supporting turns. No shortlist worth its salt should ignore his brilliant early appearances in Nobody's Fool, Hard Eight or Boogie Nights. But, for the sake of brevity, let's start with his brief, delicious masterclass as Brandt, the gloriously obsequious Pa to a boorish billionaire, in the Coens' freewheeling 1998 classic The Big Lebowski. So what if the script gave him few lines to work with? Hoffman's embarrassed, defensive chuckle played like a comic monologue in itself. »

- Xan Brooks

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 - 2014)

2 February 2014 10:22 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at his home in New York of a suspected drug overdose, aged 46. Born in Faripoint, New York in 1967, Hoffman began his career in the early 1990s with a guest role in Law & Order, but enjoyed his breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four films, including Scent of a Woman.

During the 1990s, he enjoyed film roles in the likes of The Getaway and Nobody's Fool, as well as making a small appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut Hard Eight. He would reunite with Anderson on a further four films in Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master, as well as earning acclaim for a string of performances in films such as Happiness, Flawless, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous and Capote - the latter of which saw him receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Following his Oscar success, »

- Gary Collinson

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Philip Baker Hall Remembers 'Genius' Philip Seymour Hoffman

2 February 2014 8:30 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Veteran actor Philip Baker Hall has starred in more than 75 films over 40 years, yet some of his fondest memories have been starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman, who died Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, and Hall were both favorites of filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, who cast the duo in 1996's Hard Eight, 1997's Boogie Nights and 1999's Magnolia. (The pair would also collaborate on 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley.)

Hall spoke to Rolling Stone about Hoffman's singular talent, his generosity and why "the whole film and theater community »

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Nebraska, Finely Aged and Potentially Oscar Record-Breaking

3 January 2014 10:02 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm sure you've seen the melancholy yet uplifting new spot for Nebraska that points out the ages of its principal cast and how long they've been acting. It's inspiring, for sure, as longevity often is. Hollywood and the Oscars often favor the sprinters (note all the stars, particularly actresses, who won too soon and all the films that opened in the rush of awards season that were only hot for two months) but life is a marathon.

Assuming Bruce Dern and June Squibb are both nominated on January 16th (and smart money says they will be) they'll both be among the top three oldest performers ever nominated in their categories. It will break down like so...

Oldest Best Actor Nominees

01 Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story (1999) who was 79

02 Bruce Dern, Nebraska (20) who is 77*

03 Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981) who was 76

04 Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby (2004) who was 74

05 Peter O'Toole, Venus (2006) who was also 74

06 Morgan Freeman, »


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