February 3, 2014 5:02 PM

Hoffman brought thought and power to screen roles

They say the graveyards are full of indispensable men, and yet it’s hard not to see the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman as a genuine disaster for motion pictures and for the art of screen acting. To look back on what this consummate American actor accomplished just in the last 15 years is to imagine what he might have done over the next 25 or 30. Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday, was always surprising us.

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