February 5, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Greatest Performances in One Video

On Sunday, the film world lost one of its most talented and beloved actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was 46. While much has been written in the past few days about his life, death, and demons, we'd like to look back and celebrate some of the unforgettable performances he gave in his all too short career. Click through to see some of Philip Seymour Hoffman's finest movie moments. 

This video by Vimeo user Nelson Carvajal captures many of Hoffman's finest on-screen moments, and is bittersweet viewing. It drives home the depth of the man's talent, and the loss, not only to his grieving family and friends, but the audiences who will be denied the talents of one of his generation's greatest actors.

An unlikely movie star, Hoffman started in theater. In a NY Times Magazine piece from 2008, he discusses his first experience with drama, when, at the age of twelve, he saw a local production of  "All My Sons," the classic Arthur Miller play:

When I saw ‘All My Sons,’ I was changed — permanently changed — by that experience. It was like a miracle to me. But that deep kind of love comes at a price: for me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, That’s beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great — well, that’s absolutely torturous.

Though he directed plays and stayed active in the theater throughout his career, it was on film that he made the biggest impression. An appearance as an odious preppy in 1992's Scent of a Woman (he took what could have been a fairly humdrum, clichéd role, and elevated it into a memorable performance) made Hollywood take notice, and thereafter he worked steadily as a character actor, going back and forth between theater and film. His most frequent film collaborator was P.T. Anderson; he appeared in the director's underseen debut, Hard Eight, and the two would go on to collaborate several more times, in Boogie NightsMagnolia, Punch Drunk Loveand, mostly recently, The Master

This scene, from Boogie Nights, is arguably what made the movie world start to view Hoffman as a serious talent. As Scotty, the lovelorn porn PA, Hoffman, in two minutes, captures a universe of awkward, tragic emotion that never feels less than painfully real. 

In 2006, he won the Academy Award for his portrayal of tortured writer Truman Capote:

Though he had entered the ranks of Hollywood's elite, Hoffman never lost his indie spirit, and his directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, was a quiet, character-driven movie, based on a play of the same name:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEPjHlQlItY

He will be missed. What were some of your favorite Hoffman performances?

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[via Nelson Carvajal]

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25 Comments

Nice! He and his works will be missed. So will the next 15-20 years of acting without him!

February 5, 2014 at 7:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Shawn

February 21, 2014 at 5:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Martial Miles

I loved his work. But the way he died... well, it makes me want to flush any tribute down the toilet. Just like he did with his life.

February 5, 2014 at 7:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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FabDex

What a filth comment. The man struggled with a problem he sought help for. Pray your loved ones never suffer from the same, it's a sink hole that is in no way a flaw of character. Addiction is easy to fall into, and the hardest thing to break free from. It's a God damn tragedy that such a talented artist is gone so young. He won't be the last, and wasn't the first. Every tribute to his work and person is deserved. Have some respect.

February 5, 2014 at 9:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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alex

How he died should have no impact on the quality of his work or the tribute you potentially give it.

February 5, 2014 at 9:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Kaleb

God forbid someone express their opinion about an artist.

February 5, 2014 at 11:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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moebius22

An invalid opinion and obviously one made with inadequate knowledge or experience of the subject. - Being a drug addict doesn't make you a bad person bro. He was a brilliant artist, such a sad departure.

February 6, 2014 at 5:40AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Lloyd

Facepalm.

February 6, 2014 at 10:03AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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moebius22

I never said he was a bad person. I don't know the king of person he was, just that he was a good actor. In fact, I loved his work, and I'll miss him as an actor. But the good performances he gave are no excuse for his stupidity. He'll always be remembered as this great actor who basically killed himself for a "good time".

February 6, 2014 at 3:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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FabDex

He was sober for over twenty years. He fell back into addiction after he was prescribed pain pills by his doctor over a year ago. Are you not going to commend him for being sober for twenty years? Why burn him at the stake for his addiction? You need to learn some compassion and stop dealing in absolutes, there are many gray areas in life. Also, please know what you are talking about before you pass judgement on a fellow human being.

February 6, 2014 at 4:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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hey man,
you obviously have never had any experience with addiction. and i think its clear how ultimately stupid your comments are. but since you dont understand the only thing i can say is if you have nothing good to say about someone ESPECIALLY someone who is recently deceased. please dont say anything at all. (written with as much self restraint as possible)

February 6, 2014 at 8:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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biagio

You are living in a world graced of the shame of others. Myopic judgmental fools like you contribute to people not being able to get help when they need it. I could go on.

February 16, 2014 at 9:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Babylon Slim

"He’ll always be remembered as this great actor who basically killed himself for a “good time”. "

And you'll always be remembered as...... nobody.

February 7, 2014 at 10:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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carlos

I love his performance in Synecdoche New York!!!

February 5, 2014 at 10:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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There is this one too. I did not know it was Hoffman, until a few minutes ago: A New Thing called Asperger's Syndrom - Mary and Max
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-4C6FUS4lY

February 5, 2014 at 11:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jean Th

Yeah... he was a good one, one of the best!!! Sorry to know that he is gone.

February 5, 2014 at 11:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Peter

Kinda wanna flush FabDex down the toilet...Hoffman was an amazing actor any way you look at it!

February 6, 2014 at 12:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Dr.strangeluv

so close to cussing him out.

February 6, 2014 at 8:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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biagio

Philip Seymour Hoffman challenged all stereotypes.
Who said you needed to be skinny to be a heroin junkie?

February 6, 2014 at 5:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Tulio

I can't think of a more talented US actor of his generation. His character in Boogie Night's is one of the most effectively portrayed creeps I've ever seen. His commanding performance in The Master should put rest the notion of him being only a character actor. I just hate that he went out like this.

February 6, 2014 at 10:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Marc B

A number of the best film actors were [coke / dope / insert droog here] junkies. PSH is an amazing actor, always pleasure to watch and will be remembered as one.

February 6, 2014 at 1:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Natt

I thought The Master was strangely convincing, and now this.

February 7, 2014 at 5:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Little Mermaido

He could have done anything. He was among the best, if not "the" best. He will be missed. meanwhile, I hope him and Elvis are having a laugh about the remaining human existence and sucking back a few peanut butter/banana sandwiches. RIP-PSH

February 13, 2014 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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joel

February 13, 2014 at 7:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jack

Philip Seymour Hoffman is the type of Actor who made watching 'any film' to watch what 'acting' - not being cute or good looking only - but acting as an art - looks like. RIP.

February 14, 2014 at 2:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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