Wednesday, June 19, 2024

RIP: Oscar Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman “Accident Waiting to Happen”


Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment. That’s all the news right now. Hoffman won a Best Actor Oscar for “Capote” and was nominated other times. He was maybe the best actor of his generation, the real thing. He leaves a partner, costume designer Mimi O’Donnell,  and their three children.

This is heartbreaking. His friends and family are just getting the news now. One friend just old me that Hoffman had been complaining of various ailments recently. But there are drug issues. Hoffman was in rehab last year for heroin. No one could believe it. But as someone just said, he was an accident waiting to happen. Hoffman was 46.

Great performances: The Master, The Savages, Mission Impossible II, Jack Goes Boating, Ides of March. What a tragedy.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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