The American star of films including The Talented Mr Ripley, The Big Lebowski, Moneyball, The Master, Capote and The Hunger Games franchise enjoyed success both on the stage and on the cinema screen since his career began in the early 1990s.
As news of his untimely death broke yesterday, actors he had worked with, as well as celebrity fans, began to pay tribute to the star.
Hoffman’s Flawless co-star Robert De Niro released a statement, saying “I’m very, very saddened by the passing of Phil. He was a wonderful actor. This is one of those times where you say: ‘This just shouldn’t be’. He was so young and gifted and had so much going, so much to live for. My family and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”
As did Tom Hanks, who acted alongside the star in Charlie Wilson’s War: “This is a horrible day for those who worked with Philip. He was a giant talent. Our hearts are open for his family.”
At the Critics Circle Film Awards in London last night Steve Coogan said Philip Seymour Hoffman had “raised the bar for everyone”, adding: “It’s very sad because his career was quite brief. He’ll be held up as an icon for character actors. He was an actor first and movie star second.”
John Hurt called Hoffman’s death “one of the most harrowing pieces of news”, saying of his Owning Mahowny co-star: “He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He’ll be greatly missed.”
Meanwhile others took to Twitter to pay tribute to the star:
Only just heard the desperately sad news about Philip Seymour Hoffman. My condolences to his family.
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