Philip Seymour Hoffman: 6 Stunning Performances We’ll Never Forget

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Boogie Nights, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Film fans around the world were shocked and saddened yesterday by the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death at the age of 46. Critics, co-stars, and admirers flocked to social media to pay their respects and express their grief over the loss of the acclaimed character actor.

Hoffman was most recently seen on screen as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the top-grossing film of 2013. He had almost completed work on the last two films in the Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2, at the time of his death. But these films are just the latest from his long and prolific legacy of stunning performances. For more than 20 years, Hoffman stole scenes and carried films by infusing every role he undertook with an unmistakable humanity. While it’s hard to choose just a few stand-out performances, here are six that truly represent his talents and range as a performer.

1. Boogie Nights (1997)

Philip Seymour Hoffman only had a few scenes in Boogie Nights, but they were undoubtedly memorable. In Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to the 1970s porn industry, Hoffman plays Scotty J., a boom operator in love with the well-endowed star, Dirk Diggler. His affections are unrequited, and Hoffman’s raw, unadulterated portrayal of his pain makes his performance stand out in an ensemble of seasoned actors and put him on the map as a serious actor.

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