Watch 10 Incredible Clips From The Career of the Late, Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

Watch 10 Incredible Clips From The Career of the Late, Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

The film world was met with a devastating blow this afternoon after news broke that one of its finest contemporary actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at age 46. 

In his nearly 25 year career, Hoffman gave us some of the greatest performances of recent cinema, from nearly every one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films to Cameron Crowe’s "Almost Famous" and Mike Nichols’ "Charlie Wilson’s War" to his Academy Award winning work in Bennett Miller’s "Capote."

Looking back through the following 10 clips just gives a small dose of what Hoffman offered through his incredible career, and makes us all the more sad that we have lost what he could have given us in the future.

Boogie Nights (1997):

Happiness (1998):

Flawless (1999):

Magnolia (1999):

Almost Famous (2000):

Capote (2005):

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007):

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007):

Doubt (2008):

The Master (2012):

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The other thing… is watch the facial expressions and pauses and timing of the other actors in every clip where there are others… they all do a far superior job. He rattles things off. His approach is essentially the same unless he has some extra quirky character where he can play up their own quirks (Drag Queen, Capote, etc). There is no sense of great timing or pauses… or interesting and natural human manerisms. I find his delivery in most things to be unnatural. To me, his acting always remains too much like an average stage actor reciting things… not what a real person would be like in the situations. He acts like a sledgehammer. I am sorry… it is not great work. Art is in the eye of the beholder and winning awards tends to come more from popularity than anything. If I compare his work to say the work of Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad… hands down… Bryan was light years superior in his deliveries and acting.


I am sorry… I always found him an overactor… and reviewing these clips just confirm that. It tends to bug me when someone like this gets overrated. I do not get why so many trip all over themselves to proclaim him a great actor… but once there is a general opinion (up or down) on someone… the masses tend to eat it up. For me, I learned through the years to have LESS interest in a movie when I learned he was in it. I was even like "oh no" seeing he would be in Hunger Games, though I thought the nature of his character there helped make him a touch more digestible than usual. Anyway, I am not going to sugarcoat how I feel on him just because he is now dead. In fact I like him even less knowing he couldnt get himself together for his KIDS, at least, seeing that doing it for his own good was not enough for him.


What all of this retrospection seems to bring to light is the guy was a mess, for a long time. It's almost embarrassing to see pictures of his disheveled self alongside captions of being found "dead with a needle in his arm". He was a great actor; also apparently a broken, sad soul. I don't think he ever wanted or needed such a glaring spotlight on him. His brilliance was as a character actor. It would be a shame if his death unfairly lifted him in some misguided romanticized way, or to overshadow the work that he actually did.

Phil's The Greatest

Phil, man, I wanna slap you upside your ****ing head for doing this. RIP, my brother.


Hi-jacking the comment section of clips dedicated to a great actor that passed away today, to express your personal issues about Sundance and Indiewire is so distasteful. Your point is not even being heard in this venue, so alas, what the f is your point by posting that all here?


Awww, no love for Punch Drunk Love.


His performance in 25th Hour deserves a mention.


All of these performances are great but the last 5 on the list are especially fantastic. One of the greatest ever, and he was in his prime too. R.I.P.


It's so incredibly sad that this had to happen. It just goes to show that everyone has their own demons…atleast we have his legacy of work on film to remember him by…hopefully he he finds the peace he so needed in his next act…
Thank You, Philip Seymour Hoffman for the life of work you leave behind…you will always be remembered for it….and not how you exited


How you dare to left Synecdoche, NY out of the list, people? C'mon!

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