Moviegoers around the world were shocked today to learn that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died at the age of 46 from an apparent drug overdose. As news of the actor’s sudden passing spread, his colleagues and admirers took to social media to express their grief and love for a truly undeniable talent.
“I’m so shocked, and so sad hearing of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. I enjoyed playing with him on the Big Lebowski. He was such a wonderful guy, and so damn talented, a real treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” – Jeff Bridges, via Facebook
“He was one of the greatest actors of our time. I am truly blessed and honored to have had the opportunity work with him on The Big Lebowski. I send my deepest sympathy to his family and his children.” – Tara Reid
“I admired Phil enormously as an actor before I was even working in films myself…before he was even as well known as he became. I used to think, ‘That guy’s more riveting than the lead actor of every film he’s in…he steals every scene.’ He was fearless and his performances were totally free of vanity or caution.
“As he became widely appreciated and started becoming the ‘lead,’ it would have been easy for him to soften in some way but he didn’t…he went the opposite direction — there was even more fierce integrity to his work.
“Anyone who takes acting seriously at all revered him for it. He set a standard that others aspired to. Making The 25th Hour was one of the best creative experiences of my career and working with him was a big part of that. Phil was truly unique as a performer and very original in the characterizations he created. You can only say those things about a very small handful of the greatest actors. For me, he’ll always be one of them.” – Edward Norton
Norton has helped to establish a CrowdRise page to donate to Labyrinth Theater Company, the theater company closely associated with the actor.
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) February 2, 2014
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) February 2, 2014
We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 2, 2014
I am sad on so many levels about the loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats. Losing him this way is absolutely tragic.
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) February 2, 2014
Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 2, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman stole scenes in movies everywhere. He was hilarious in Along Came Polly and so sexy in Talented Mr. Ripley.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 2, 2014
Beautiful beautiful man. We have lost so much joy to something so joyless. RIP PSH.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 2, 2014
Oh what terrible news. What a talent. What a shame. #RIP
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) February 2, 2014
R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greats of his generation.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) February 2, 2014
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a genius, brave and sweet. Can’t believe he’s gone. Huge loss. My deepest sympathy for his wife and children.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) February 2, 2014
Terrible news. What a nice and unbelievably talented guy.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 2, 2014