Philip Seymour Hoffman's Filmography Shined With 'Capote,' 'Happiness'
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NEW YORK (AP) — In a medium that prizes glamor and flash, Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the opposite in film: 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." It's no surprise that he eventually made his way to that greatest loser of all, Willy Loman. In a career peopled by sad sacks, "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway was a pinnacle.
Choosing five great performances from Hoffman's prolific but too-brief lifespan — ranging from his passionate rock critic Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous" to his nasty rich kid in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" — is an impossibility. He was good in everything.
Here, nevertheless, are a few highlights:
— "Hard Eight": Hoffman's least known performance for director Paul Thomas Anderson was also his first. In 1996's "Hard Eight," also titled "Sydney," Hoffman plays a loud-mouthed, mullet-haired
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