Philip Seymour Hoffman, RIP

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Hollywood contains many men who are very well-paid to perform as “actors.” Most are adequate at their work. A few are outstanding, good enough to get me to watch their films. Anthony Hopkins is one of these truly great actors. So, too, was Philip Seymour Hoffman who was found dead in his New York apartment this morning, apparently of a drug overdose. How very sad. I saw him in a number of movies – from “Capote,” to “Patch Adams,” to “Charlie Wilson’s War,” before I came to the realization that this was the same actor in each performance. (His role as a CIA agent in “Charlie Wilson’s War” is worth seeing multiple times.)

I have always appreciated people who do productive work in a very competent manner, be they chefs, dentists, carpenters, physicians, or actors. Hoffman belongs in this category. His work will be missed.

1:49 pm on February 2, 2014