I think we may have lost the greatest actor of our time. One of them anyway, for sure. He was so versatile and so gifted, and so damn brilliant. I don't know a lot about him as a person (like some actors) but I don't need to. He effortlessly slipped into the roles he was playing, which is a sign of a damn fine actor.
Who else can you imagine from present Hollywood being that good at being a chameleon? I can't really think of anyone. Maybe Meryl Streep or Joaquin Phoenix, who both shared the screen with PSH at one point or another.
Sometimes people get upset when you eulogize a celebrity after their death (just think about Paul Walker for example.) Here's my case with Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was a gifted actor- his roles made people like myself think and feel. He was genuinely able to move people.
A study revealed reading can grow emotional intelligence. I imagine this is because a great novel makes you feel empathy (I have no scientific evidence to back up what I'm saying.) I think a great movie or play is along the same lines. Hence- art is a meaningful pursuit. And Hoffman was a creator of fantastic art. Thus, this is quite the loss. Combined with his age and family (he leaves behind a longtime partner and three children,) it gets only sadder.
Here's just a quick recap at some of his greatest moments: