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5 great Philip Seymour Hoffman performances

February 2, 2014 • Entertainment


In a Jan. 19, 2014 photo Phillip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote” was found dead Sunday in his apartment in New York with what law enforcement officials said was a syringe in his arm. He was 46. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman never met a loser he didn’t have sympathy for.

In a medium (movies) that prizes glamor and flash, he offered the opposite: untidy, imperfect, shy, awkward and eminently real people.

Despite his outsized talent, he was relentlessly humble. Bennett Miller, his longtime friend and “Capote” director, once called him “a shaman-like actor.”

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