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Master actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead at 46; see some of his best work

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”

An Academy Award winner who was long considered one of the best and most versatile actors of his generation both on screen and on stage, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday at the age of 46. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report Hoffman’s passing. 

In a career that spanned around 25 years, Hoffman was nominated for Oscars for “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt” and “The Master,” winning for playing the title role in “Capote” in 2005. Hoffman was also nominated for two Tony Awards.

Here are some of Hoffman’s best moments on screen; it says something about the man’s greatness as an actor that I was able to remember about ten of them right off the top of my head:

“Idiot!” “Boogie Nights,” in which he played the closeted porn crew member Scotty:

 “This is that scene”: Another Paul Thomas Anderson film, “Magnolia,” in which Hoffman was a saintly male nurse trying to reunite Tom Cruise with his dying father, Jason Robards:

“I am its commander, yes.” His third great Anderson part, as the cult leader in “The Master”:

 “You are not cool.” Hoffman’s memorable turn as Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous”:

 “You traded Pena?” Hoffman looked nothing like former baseball manager Art Howe, but he was so good in “Moneyball” that I never minded.

 “I’ve advised and armed the Hellenic Army!” Hoffman’s memorable, under-appreciated turn, here opposite John Slattery, in “Charlie Wilson’s War”:

 “Do you think I took this job to spite you?” One of the better moments in “Capote”:

 “It’s not fair!” With Marisa Tomei in Sidney Lumet’s outstanding “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”:

“We’ve been frantically trying to reach you, Dude.” His most famous comedy role, as sycophant Brandt in the Coens’ “The Big Lebowski”:

“You are nothing”: In Todd Solondz’s “Happiness,” one of the more horrifying phone sex scenes in movie history (although another one in the same movie is much worse:)

“I thought you said urologist”: In one of the strangest movies ever made, Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”

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