I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I am deeply crushed by the death of magnificent actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. 24 hours after first hearing the news, I am still at a loss for words. Yesterday I was on the phone with my mother sharing the news and she and I said the same thing about his career: "Even the films in which I had no interest, if Hoffman was a part of the cast we knew they had to be worth seeing."
Two of my favorite performances from him--Doubt and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead--instantly came to my mind yesterday. If you haven't seen them, watch them immediately. A master of the stage, as well as the big and small screens, Hoffman's career touched the lives of both thespians and fans alike.
Hoffman showed his support for The George Eastman House, a film and photography museum located in Rochester, New York (the photo above is the actor at a 2012 press conference held at the venue). The museum released an official statement from the George Eastman House on the sudden loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman:
|"We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was a brilliant and irreplaceable artist who never forgot his roots in Rochester. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family during their time of grieving, and will keep Philip in our hearts always."-- Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.|