PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN 1967-2014

Hollywood lost a good one.
In an era where “celebrity status” can be granted from a viral Youtube video, it’s truly a sad day when someone with exceptional talent leaves this world.
Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away last Sunday due to an apparent drug overdose. It was known that Hoffman had previously battled with addiction in his life, but most people in direct contact with him recently were surprised with his death at just 46 years old.
Hoffman was not your average celebrity; he was the star of a generation. It was clear that he could act after being nominated three separate times for supporting roles in “Charlie Wilson’s War”, “Doubt” and “The Master”.
Over a span of just 25 years, Mr. Hoffman appeared in more than 50 films. You can even catch him in episodes of “Law and Order”. Who can forget his manservant role in one of the best Coen Brothers cult-comedies “The Big Lebowski”? With his natural aptitude it was hard not to become engrossed in his many, many eclectic characters.
His Oscar winning performance in “Capote” impressed audiences everywhere that he held a seat next to  big names like Daniel Day Lewis, Sean Penn and Christian Bale. He also was a well-known actor on Broadway.
From “Boogie Nights” to “Along Came Polly”, his versatility is something that will always be appreciated. His persona was humble and real. In many ways, Hoffman seemed like someone anybody could grab a beer with.
Future actors and actresses can take note from Hoffman’s legacy. Making it in Hollywood doesn’t just mean having a pretty face; you need be genuine and dedicated to your art.
Hoffman’s art touched many souls. His honest and intelligent nature is something that will be treasured for many years to come. His words of advice haunt through my head as I write this tribute now:
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”
I wish I could share every uncool moment with you Mr. Hoffman.