A star of the screen and stage, Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday, Feb. 2. He was 46.
Known for his many complex and eccentric roles, including an Oscar-winning performance as celebrated author Truman Capote, Hoffman was one of cinema's most beloved character actors. Take a look back at Hoffman's iconic career with nine of the actor’s most memorable performances.
"A Late Quartet" (2012)
A memorable yet underated performance, the iconic actor shines as Robert Gelbart, the second violinist in a string quartet who yearns to take over the first violinist role, held by Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir). Hoffman's character must rethink his ambitions, however, after learning that cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is retiring from the quartet because of a debilitating illness.
"The Master" (2012)
One of Hoffman's last truly great performances on film, the actor plays Lancaster Dodd, a cult leader who somewhat resembles Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard. Hoffman received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work opposite costar Jaoquin Phoenix.
"The Ides of March" (2011)
Hoffman plays campaign manager Paul Zara, the dubious mentor to junior campaign manager Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), in this 2011 drama. The role earned Hoffman a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Set in a 1960s Catholic school, Hoffman's role as a priest who is suspected by a nun (Meryl Streep) of molesting a young boy is thought-provoking and spine-tingling. "Doubt" earned Hoffman another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
"Charlie Wilson’s War" (2007)
Known for his many dramatic roles, Hoffman showed his comedic abilities as hot-headed CIA agent Gust Avrakotos. The actor's hilarious performance earned him both Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Possibly the most memorable performance of Hoffman's career, the actor's take on enigmatic author Truman Capote finally earned him his first Oscar win. Hoffman's ability to alter both his body and voice for the role showed his devotion to his craft, and won him a well deserved Academy Award for Best Actor.
"Almost Famous" (2000)
Playing famed Rolling Stone music critic Lester Bangs, Hoffman's role stood out from the star-studded cast in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical film.
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999)
Hoffman's performance as Freddie Miles, a wealthy young friend of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) who uncovers the truth about Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), is one of the actor's strongest supporting roles.
This film about a budding friendship between a homophobic police officer (Robert De Niro) and his drag queen neigbor (Hoffman) has a poignant message that still resonates today.
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